OPINION: Moms and wine, and how we’ve normalised the two

A mom once invited me in for tea when I picked up my son from a playdate. Tea? I politely declined and made a mental note that this was probably not a mom I was going to be close to. Then headed quickly home to pour myself a glass of chardonnay.

Because this mom needs wine. And I’m not the only one. There’s a Facebook page called Moms Who Need Wine with 726 000 other moms who need wine, too. Therein lies the rub. It’s normal right? The notion that we’ve earned that drink at the end of the day has become a given that is heavily reinforced by popular culture, the alcohol industry and social media.

Log onto any social media platform and the memes and quotes come at you.

‘Motherhood: Powered by love. Fuelled by coffee. Sustained by wine.’

Or, ‘The most expensive part about having kids is all the wine…

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