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Why I Drink Wine During My Kid’s Playdate

When’s the last time you were kid-free and met up with your girlfriends for happy hour? Bueller…? Bueller…? Thought so.

Let’s face it — motherhood is freaking demanding. There’s always a sippy cup that needs a refill or a mess to clean up. Yes, we love our kids but we love martinis too. Remember life before baby, when you sat around the table with your girls and laughed so hard your face hurt?

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Sisterhood is so important. Whether we relate to each other because of common interests or bond over mutual support, as women, we need other women in our lives. But it’s so easy to forget this once we become mothers.

The only way to keep my sanity is to have balance. I’m a stay-at-home mom, like many, and there’s absolutely no other job I’d rather have. That being said, it can be overwhelming. Even worse, it can feel lonely at times.

When your day feels chaotic and you want to pull your hair out, a glass of wine does wonders.

The comfort of my own home can suck me in if I let it. I make it a priority to get out and continuously meet new people, not only for my daughter but also for me. It’s as simple as having a real conversation with an adult that can bring me back to center.

I started to get discouraged about things like “happy hour.” I knew it wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. Then one day it dawned on me — my friends and I are already getting together so our kids can play. Why not bring over a bottle of wine to share?

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This little gesture was the beginning of something really special. It’s been a way for me and the other moms to not only enjoy ourselves but chill out. When your day feels chaotic and you want to pull your hair out, a glass of wine does wonders. I’ve laughed, cried, given advice and gotten advice just like I would if I were out with my girlfriends, but instead my kid’s right next to me playing with her friends. I don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. It’s made me into a happier, more relaxed mother and wife. Cheers to that!

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