Cue the shock.
Cue the whispers.
Cue the judgment.
Who cares? I've written about this before when the media was obsessed with writing about moms who were BREASTFEEDING DRUNK, while also doing something else that was completely dangerous, illegal or neglectful. But it wasn't the other thing they were doing that was the focus, it was the BREASTFEEDING DRUNK. The reality is that you shouldn't be drunk (or high) if you are responsible for children, whether you are breastfeeding or not. But a pinot noir, a pilsner, a pina colada or a bit of pot, doesn't turn you into a bad mommy.
My colleague Jessica at Care2 wrote a post in response to the pot smoking versus wine drinking article. In her post, called What If We Just Stopped Judging Moms, she makes this point:
Admittedly I’m puzzled by many of the “gangs” this article creates. Certainly some moms like to smoke pot AND drink wine and do both responsibly, for example. And isn’t the real story here that anything taken to excess is, well, excessive and by its nature contrary to good parenting?
Indeed. But no, it is more fun to stir the pot and create wars and gangs where there really don't need to be any.
...and on that note, I'm the guest bartender today over at Cocktail Deeva, serving up a fun summer cocktail with tea as an ingredient. Curious? Go check out my recipe for a Colada Tea Cocktail on Dee's blog.
So raise a glass of Colada Tea, or a special brownie, or a sparkling juice to all of us moms and dads and to a beautiful summer. Cheers!