I enjoy wine.
Okay, I really, really enjoy wine.
Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, work-at-home mom or supermom– most of us share a secret - that as soon as there's a break in the action, it's time for a little "Mommy Juice".
Maybe it's with friends around the kitchen table or the second you take off those heels and contemplate dinner; you settle down for a two-minute breather and pour yourself a glass of wine.
It all begins while I am making dinner and continues after the kiddos are finally in bed.
It's that perfect moment when I can just – chill; a little relaxation after chasing around and meeting the demands of two screaming toddlers while yelling at three cats and three dogs.
It is the time of the day when I know the hubby is on his way home from work. I turn a movie on for the kids and pour my first glass of wine.
It's when the kids are having a little quiet time of their own.
This is my Time Out moment.
Addison will sometimes come into the kitchen to see if she can help. She will ask if it is time for my “Mommy Juice”; a term she coined from the hubby and I hate. I explain that "Mommy is enjoying a quiet moment with a glass of wine”. After all, don’t we all deserve to do something for ourselves? This is how I decompress from a long day
It's really as simple as that.
I grew up with wine being served at our family gatherings with an explanation of what it is, how it's to be consumed and that it's not something that is secretive but rather an integrated part of the dining experience for adults. I plan on doing the same with my children. Why hide something? I rather educate.
I don’t think Addison is more interested, not at this point, but I would like to think she will grow up with a better understanding, respect and knowledge of responsibility.
Do you drink wine in front of your children?
If so, the next time you're sitting around with your hubby or friends enjoying a glass, try thinking about how you can explain to your young child that the "juice" that you're drinking comes from grapes but has undergone a process that makes it a drink for adults. That it's a process that's been going on for thousands of years; converting grapes into wine.
It's that simple.