Here in the U.S., we like our expectant mothers and our actual mothers sober. So much so that after 9 months of stone cold sobriety, you are expected to keep your hands off the hooch for as long as you might be breastfeeding, too. There is even a name for the process whereby breastfeeding mothers […]
Single parenthood is by far the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. I remember when I became a parent, and I thought, how am I going to juggle everything? Times that by 100 percent when you become a single parent. Everything is riding on your shoulders — no pressure! There is one perk, actually: If your kid […]
I’m a mom. In the evenings, I like to relax with a glass of wine. No big deal. Or so I would have thought. Since having my child, I’ve become increasingly aware that our culture tends to portray mothers as obsessed with wine, and for all the wrong reasons. Attitudes toward mothers who drink tend […]
When we graduate from high school and then higher education, we’re fooled into believing that we’re done with the various types of homework that plagued our existence and ruined our social lives. We are innocently under the impression that we have left behind all forms of assignments that could bury us in endless hours of […]
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I’m not even talking about Christmahanukwanzaa, with its compulsory family time and gift-related anxiety. It’s almost New Year’s Eve! New Year’s Eve is a night to set off fireworks and sparklers and to guzzle Champagne until you start seeing stars everywhere, even with your eyes closed.
In less than one week, the jolly old fellow with the white beard will be traversing the globe, hand delivering toys to all the good little girls and boys. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a full- time working mom or a part-time working mom, I think we can all agree that this guy has quite […]
Most new parents probably hear the same advice when their babies start teething. “Rub a little whiskey on her gums,” friends and family say with a wink. “You’ll both sleep better.” I took it as a joke (and it was probably meant that way), but offering liquor to fussy or teething babies has a more […]
There is a symbiotic relationship that has not yet been mentioned in any nature documentaries. It is a pairing so natural and so essential and yet so modern that it has yet to be explored in depth. I am speaking, of course, of eggnog and the Elf on the Shelf. For the uninitiated, the Elf […]
A recent government study sent shockwaves through my community. ”Military wives may be more likely to binge drink,” the Military Times reported. My initial response to the study was, Well, when your spouse goes to war, you drink more wine. But is that binge drinking?