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Mama Needs a Drink

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Mama Needs a Drink

Ed. note:  I have no idea who this woman is, but I must befriend her.

A new Globe & Mail article reveals that moms — GASP! — like to get their drink on.  In fact, having kids sometimes drives ladies to drink more than they did prior to becoming a mama.

For women who spend all day with kids, alcohol symbolizes adult time, claims Stefanie Wilder-Tayler, the Los Angeles-based author of Naptime Is the New Happy Hour and mother of two youngins.  After the kids are in bed, a couple of glasses of wine offer an escape from the feeling of hyper-responsibility, says Wilder-Tayler, 42. “It makes you feel like you’re still young and you’re still fun.”

You mean we’re not?  Ouch.  Pass me that boxed wine!

Of course, the article can’t just leave it at that and suggests these fun moms may have a problem:

According to a 2007 study, a significant number of mothers drink heavily in the weeks after giving birth. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin surveyed 8,700 postpartum mothers and found that 12 percent reported at-risk alcohol-related behaviors – defined as seven or more drinks per week, or four or more drinks on a single occasion at least once in the past month.

So one drink a day defines us as borderline-Courtney Love?  Uh-oh.  (Note to self:  Do NOT broadcast the fact you’re planning a “Meet the Baby” keg party next month.)

I’m not sure which is more offensive:  that people barely take notice of fathers who drink a six-pack a day; or that the title of the article is “Mommy wants a drinkypoo.”  Yes!  A drinkypoo!  I thought mothers were drinking to ESCAPE the poo.

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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