Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Being a Sober Mom in a Wine Mom World

“I want my kids to be good at math but not so good that they can count how many glasses of wine I’ve had.’

“I wish my tolerance for my children would increase as much as my tolerance for wine.”

“Boxed wine is just a juice box for moms.”

“The most expensive part of having kids is all the wine you have to drink.”

These are just a few of the virtually endless memes out there celebrating the “wine mom” culture we live in – and, yet, for those moms in recovery, these are far from funny.

Sending moms the message that self-medicating is okay is nothing new. In the 1950s and 60s, tranquilizers referred to as “mother’s little helpers” were widely prescribed to mothers.

“This sends women the message that their emotions need to be squelched and not addressed,” Dr. Leena Mittal, a perinatal psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told the New York Times.

For those moms struggling to stay sober, this message is especially dangerous. So what’s the solution?

The NY Times recently interviewed some real moms to find out some creative and sober ways they manage the stress of parenting children. Take a look and use their ideas and then make a list of your own.
  • Attend a support group.
  • Prioritize downtime.
  • Go for walks.
  • Soak in a hot bath.
  • Take yoga.
  • Play pick-up sports.
  • Read a riveting book.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Get lost in a murder mystery.
  • Meditate.
  • Try acupuncture or acupressure.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Indulge in an ice cream sundae.
  • Pour yourself a glass of seltzer in a fancy cup.
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