On drinking, at home, alone, with kids.
It’s occured to me that should an emergency take place right now I probably shouldn’t drive.
It’s only one glass that I’ve had but I don’t drink much, especially at the moment while breastfeeding and it’s raining quite hard so I wouldn’t be happy putting the kids in the car and getting behind the wheel.
Obviously tonight was an accident. When I poured my glass of wine we didn’t realise HH was going to get stuck in the city. BUT, it’s true that I would have had the glass of wine even if had known. In fact, any night I know HH won’t be home in time to help get the kids down is almost a guaranteed wine night – I *need* it by the end of the day with both kiddos. More accurately, I enjoy it at the end of a long day.
So, opening myself up to some potentially strong criticism (if I haven’t already) – is it totally inappropriate to have a glass or two of wine when you are home by yourself with kids? What if we were both home and we both had a couple of glasses making it unsafe for us to drive – if HH was here he would be having a glass or two with me. Then potentially neither of us could drive. What then?
Please don’t misunderstand me – I don’t drink a lot and I’ve only been drunk once in my life and it was an accident (make what you will of that, it’s a true story – at a church dinner no less but that’s a story for another day – remind me!) We don’t sit around getting piss*d, just a glass or two over dinner in the evening and not every day. I am entirely able to respond to my children, meet their needs – the only inhibitor there is exhaustion, not alchohol.
I’ve never really thought about it before tonight. So I wonder, have you? What’s your rule of thumb?
I should add that at this point in time the children are awake again and of the three people in this house now, we are all either crying or on the verge of. And so, I’m off to have another glass of wine. So there.
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