I’m sick of all the judging, shaming and whining from the non-wine drinking moms! There I said it. I know, not all non-wine drinking moms care if other moms drink wine, but there are a good amount who do. At this moment I need a little less whine and a little more wine in my life. I’m super annoyed by mom’s who judge and criticize me because I enjoy drinking wine and they don’t. It really irks me that some people who don’t drink wine immediately label me as the wino mom who needs to drink each night to escape the treacherous day I had with my kids. Although this is true on occasion, (because my kids are far from perfect and we have our fair share of rough days around here) my kids generally don’t drive me to drink wine. I choose to drink wine because I like wine, plain and simple!
I’ll let you in on a little secret, I’ve enjoyed drinking wine long before I became a mom. Shocking, I know! For me, drinking wine is not about getting buzzed (although once in a while it happens), wine reminds me of family. My Mom has been in the wine industry for over a decade and managed a local winery for most of her career. Needless to say, she is extremely knowledgeable in the world of wine. Over the years she has shared her wealth of knowledge with our family and friends. Wine has become one of our families favorite pastimes. Yes, we are a family of wine connoisseur. No, that does not make me a bad mom!
I’m so sick of the stereo type that just because I’m a mom who loves wine, I’m drinking to escape the realities of the day. Not true! I drink wine because I enjoy the taste, the smell and the complexity. I like to know the varietal, where it’s from and how it’s made. I like to know about the wine maker and whether the grapes are from the wineries own vineyards or if they are imported from somewhere.
Don’t think for a second that just because I enjoy drinking wine, I am some sort of lush who starts drinking at 4pm daily and puts my kids to bed early so I can pound a bottle in peace. I may joke from time to time about needing a glass or two at the end of a hectic day and although sometimes this is true, more often it’s not.
I’m not blaming my kids for my love of wine or condoning getting drunk. Having a glass with dinner or a couple with your gal pals is nothing to be shamed for. I don’t say anything when I see you pound diet coke like there’s no tomorrow. Ok, I hear ya, diet coke and wine are not the same thing. Drinking diet coke doesn’t affect your ability to take care of your kids. Guess what, drinking wine doesn’t affect my ability to take care of my kids either. If it did, I wouldn’t do it!
So please stop whining that I offered wine when I hosted a holiday themed playdate. I don’t have wine at every playdate, but on special occasions I think it’s OK as long as those who drink are responsible and don’t go overboard. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to drink it! But don’t give condescending looks and then later do a Facebook post about how you think it’s awful when mom’s feel the need to drink at playdates. I don’t feel the need to do anything! I like wine, if you feel this makes me a bad mom then we probably shouldn’t be friends.
So to my fellow wine loving moms out there, pour yourself a glass and enjoy it! We don’t drink wine to escape the days woes. (At least not all the time.) We drink wine because we truly enjoy wine and all it entails! Cheers!
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