What’s In Your Glass?

Moms Who Need__________

How would you fill in that blank?

Whatever you put in the blank—a rest, a break, a nap, love, peace, quiet—if you fill it in with “Jesus” and His Word, He will help you with all He knows you need.

Bible and cross

We’re Moms Who Need The Lord and His Word!

But I am saddened that over 650,000 moms fill in the blank, and fill-up their glasses, with “Wine.” Yes, the “Moms Who Need Wine” Facebook page has that many “likes”. They also have a website that sells T-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, and water bottles with their logo (picture below) and, of course, sell wine by the case.

 drunk mommies

 “Moms Who Need Wine” Facebook profile picture and logo

The premise of this group is that they can’t get through a day of mothering without drinking.  Does that alarm you as much as it does me? These are moms who are responsible for infants, toddlers, kids, neighbor’s kids, your kids, carpools, driving with innocent children in the backseat. No one can dispute that alcohol impairs all your faculties, and yet, these moms laugh and cavort on Facebook about their drinking while mothering like a group of barroom drunks.

Kids Play, Mommies Drink

Playdate with wine

 Play date “snacks” from the “Moms Who Need Wine” Facebook

These wine-drinking mommies aren’t hanging out in bars…they’re changing diapers, vacuuming, cooking, driving carpools, pushing strollers, helping at school, and meeting at play dates to share a bottle of wine, referred to as “mommy juice”. Maybe some of them are your friends or neighbors…maybe one is you….

Mommies Beware—You’re Being Targeted

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”—1 Peter 5:8 NLT

A Times Magazine article titled “Mother’s Liquid Helper. Raising children? Raise a glass!” reported that wineries are marketing directly to moms of young kids. “Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington has begun a Facebook campaign asking women to customize an equation to sum up what makes them want a glass. (“Me + a glass of wine – juice boxes + quiet time for 15 minutes = My Chateau.”) The ads tagline: ‘It’s where you become you again’—will run in places women go when they’re stressed out about taking care of their family, including Food Network Magazine, parents.com, and Rachael Ray’s website”.

Clos LaChance Winery has a “MommyJuice line, and another winery calls their mommy-targeted wine, “Mommy’s Time Out.

When I spoke on this alarming trend at a retreat recently, a young woman came up to me afterwards thanking me for taking on this challenging topic.  She said she was an ER Nurse and had recently seen three young mothers die because of cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcoholism. Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, who championed this mommy-drinking trend with her blog and best sellers Naptime Is the New Happy Hour and Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay, eventually had to admit she had a drinking problem, and quit.

Sobering Topic

MADD

I’m not judging whether someone chooses to drink alcohol or not, but I am questioning the when and why.

You’ve heard of MADD, Moms Against Drunk Driving. At The MOM Initiative, let’s be MADP: Moms Against Drunk Parenting.

If you know a mommy who is struggling with the responsibilities and rigors of being a mom, how about giving her a copy of TMI’s new book, Overwhelmed, or showing her how to get it free on this TMI website. Then sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and discuss it with her. You’ll both feel better in the morning!

“Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.” Proverbs 20:21

Janet Thompson is an award winning author, speaker, and founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring. She can be reached at www.womantowomanmentoring.com.

 

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Janet Thompson is a TMI Mentor Mom, an international speaker and an award-winning author of 17 books including: The Team That Jesus Built, Woman to Woman Mentoring Resources, Face-to-Face Bible study series, Dear God, They Say It’s Cancer, Dear God, Why Can’t I Have a Baby?,Dear God, He’s Home!and Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter. Janet is the founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring and About His Work Ministries. Visit Janet at:

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  1. Great post, Janet! Thanks for addressing this important topic!

  2. Janet,
    What a great post! Thanks for sharing the truth that it is Jesus who we need…not a glass of wine…that it is Jesus who gives us rest, peace, comfort, joy and strength. Thanks so much for sharing this! :-)

  3. Kelly Smith says:

    Janet, what a great post! I completely understood it, and I personally know many of my Christian friends that feel they have to have wine! It is a longing that only comes from God, not from a glass of wine! It may endure for a moment, but that emptiness is still there!

  4. Thank you so much! Excellent! While in ministry with mom’s I can’t tell you how many times I heard this discussed among young moms & not in a joking manner. they were serious about their wine, or whatever it was that helped them to escape the stress of motherhood.

    • It’s so sad to hear about moms wanting to “escape the stress of motherhood” when I wrote a book “Dear God, Why Can’t I Have a Baby?” for moms who would give ANYTHING to experience the blessings of being a mom. Everything in life is stressful without the Lord in your life, and wine/alcohol is simply a temporary escape…with often permanent consequences. Like the song says “When will people realize they need the Lord!”

  5. I’m a fan of that FB page and not a drunk mama. I understand what this post is trying to say but I think it’s taking it a bit too seriously. The title and graphic are more tongue in cheek. When I say I’m a mom who needs wine, it’s like saying I’m a mom who needs coffee. I’m not truly reliant on either one but enjoy both and have a good sense of humor about it.

    • You’re right, Lori, I do take it seriously…and so do the wineries that are targeting moms and the mommies who have become addicted. Alcohol and caffeine, interchangeable? Seriously:) I did spend some time browsing the posts…many of those mommies take their drinking very seriously. I’m glad you don’t.

  6. {Kathy} Thank you for posting this! You have put into words what has bothered me for some time. This conversation has to continue.

    • You’re welcome Kathy and you’re right…let’s keep the conversation going. Many mommies are being deceived by the world’s way of coping and we need to help them find the “Better Way.”

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