Topic: Alcohol

If You Need To Attend A ‘Reality Party’ To Learn Teens Drink, Then You Are A Cyborg

If You Need To Attend A 'Reality Party' To Learn Teens Drink, Then You Are A Cyborg

What do teenagers do at parties? Well, I imagine there’s a table with soda and snacks, and perhaps a few board games like Yahtzee and Monopoly. The girls probably sit on the one side of the room while they giggle about who they have crushes on, and the boys are probably on the other side of the room engaging in horseplay. If you are nodding your head in agreement, then you are the type of parent that “reality parties” were designed for. The rest of us are praying our kids don’t do the kind of stuff we did as teens, and that isn’t going on a four-game Yahtzee losing streak. More »

I Drank For A Year Before I Wrote ‘Drunk Mom’

I Drank For A Year Before I Wrote 'Drunk Mom'

That flute of champagne wasn’t what made me relapse but drinking it was like getting permission to drink again; it was a lie that I told myself: I could do it right this time, drink. After that it was months of trying to care for my son… and drinking and not being able to stop. I tried harm-reduction groups, 12-step meetings, rehab. I kept drinking. I was desperate and guilty all the time and near the end of that year I thought about disappearing for good. More »

I’ve Taken My Toddler To Every Pub In My Neighborhood, And I’m Not Sorry

I've Taken My Toddler To Every Pub In My Neighborhood, And I'm Not Sorry

Just to lay a little groundwork, I will start with a little anecdote. Before we had our daughter, my husband and I were regulars at a local neighbourhood pub. The servers knew us by name. They knew our favourite table. They would bring us our drinks of choice without us having said a word. If our favourite sports team was playing the TVs would be flipped to that station as soon as we walked in. It was fabulous.

Then I got pregnant, we stopped going out for drinks, and that pub went out of business. True story. More »

When It Comes To Teens And Drugs, I’d Rather Mine Choose Pot Over Alcohol Any Day

When It Comes To Teens And Drugs, I'd Rather Mine Choose Pot Over Alcohol Any Day

With more and more states considering legalizing marijuana, I’m not concerned with how this will affect the future drug talks I will have with my teenagers. In fact – although I will surely press for not experimenting with anything – if they are going to experiment with drugs during their teens, my fingers are crossed that it’s marijuana instead of alcohol. More »