Forget the bedtime stories and brushing teeth, there's a new nightly ritual many moms are taking part in -- and it has nothing to do with "Goodnight Moon" or counting sheep. Nope, these moms are counting cocktails.
One, two -- and sometimes three.
According to our informal survey of suburban and city moms, many women we spoke with admit they're daily drinkers. Some even said they never really cared for cocktails until they had kids. Now let's be very clear, we're not talking about swilling wine when we should be taking care of the precious little gems. But many moms we spoke to freely admit they love to end the day with a drink. They say it brings closure and signifies that their work is finally done.
Call it what you will: self medicating, mind numbing or plain and simple relaxing -- but moms everywhere seem to be finding solace in that evening cocktail. One mom we spoke with likes to pour a glass of wine, have a seat on the bathroom floor and chat with the kids as they take their evening bath. They unwind in the warm soapy water and she unwinds with her Chianti. Another wine-loving mom puts the kids to bed, pops open the cork, pours two glasses and spends the evening chatting with her husband -- no kids, no TV -- just the two of them, a bottle of wine and free-flowing conversation, just the way it was when they first fell in love. She says this ritual is vital to their relationship. Sure beats staring silently at the TV all night.
Now certainly drinking isn't something to be taken lightly -- in fact, the CDC defines excessive alcohol use for women as more than one drink per day average and binge drinking as four or more drinks in a single sitting. So be wary of the facts, ladies, and remember ... if you drink, drink responsibly and raise a glass to the end of another long, hard day. You deserve it.