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Uppers and Downers of Parenting — from “Parenting…with crappy pictures”

January 12, 2012

I found a new blog that I love and had to share.  After all, this blog is named “From Grind to Whine” for a reason.

Normally, I would just post a link to this on Facebook.  But this one rates high enough for its own blog post.  Raising my coffee cup and wine glass to this mom and all fellow addicts out there.  Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

Thank you to Amber Dusick, for the laugh your blog brought me this morning.  I’ll be back visiting again frequently!

the uppers & downers of parenting (or, coffee & wine)

I am a drug addict. I use uppers and downers.

But only to make me a better parent.

I never drank coffee before I had kids. At least not in a “Fresh Pots!” sort of way. We didn’t even own a coffee maker.

Back in those days, I looked down upon anyone who needed coffee in the morning. The more they required it the less I thought of them. They were weak. Slaves to the bean. Didn’t they know it is a drug they are addicted to? Just stop drinking that shit and then you won’t need it.

Then I had two kids.

Kids wake-up with energy. Kids wake-up with loudness.

Kids wake-up too fucking early.

No I will not play with you. Go away. I need coffee.

After coffee:

don’t need it. But they need me to have it.

I’ll stop drinking it just as soon as they stop waking me up before the rooster crows.

(We don’t actually have a rooster. Did you think we did when I wrote that? That would be cool. Maybe I should take this out and let you think we have a rooster.) 

So that is my little helper pick-me-upper in the morning.

And then there is the evening.

Sometimes, after an especially rough day, I’m stressed out at night.

Everything sets me on edge. I’m a bundle of nervous thoughts.

Go to bed. I can’t handle one more minute of this parenting thing. I have to do this again tomorrow! How can I handle another day like this one? Nobody is listening to me!

But then my husband hands me a glass of wine.

After wine:

Again, I don’t need it. But they need me to have it.
So that is my occasional little calm-me-downer in the evening.

Coffee & wine. My unsung parenting tools.

And yours?


Blah blah blah, yes alcoholism sucks, blah blah blah, notice I said occasional, blah blah blah, did you know that judgmental people are ugly, blah blah blah. 

Eating entire pints of ice cream is another favorite unsung parenting tool of mine. As is sneaking chocolate. And snorting huge piles of cocaine. 

Just kidding about that last one. 

Be sure to check out her other awesome posts at Parenting. Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.

One Comment leave one →
  1. ashleyinnc permalink
    January 12, 2012 3:27 PM

    So funny and so true! She has definitely the nail on the head and I love that you shared it! 🙂

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