Beer in red Solo
cups. Wine in plastic glasses. Snacks all around. Is this Happy Hour? No, it's
a playdate. With kids.
A friend of mine just moved to the suburbs. When she was invited over for a Friday afternoon playdate, she brought fruit salad. The other moms brought wine. As the moms sat on the floor playing with puzzles along with their 2-year olds, they sipped Chardonnay. She said it was the best playdate she'd ever been on! They've since hosted every Friday playdate with beer or wine.
Perhaps this trend isn't so new. Moms and Dads have been letting loose with a beer or glass of wine for ages. Sometimes (and I can agree with this!) there's nothing better at the end of a long day. But at 3:00, with toddlers? That's when I start questioning: How many glasses of wine? Who drove home? And I know, we parents would never allow our nannies to do this. So why do we have a different standard for ourselves?
It might be that having a glass of wine at a playdate is a way for moms to loosen up a bit about always trying to appear perfect. It builds camaraderie, advice-sharing and long-lasting mom-friends. There's nothing wrong about any of that. I know my friend wasn't getting drunk. And she is a great mom. But I think you need to be on your toes when you're around young kids. And I think your mentality shifts as soon as that cork is popped. Your guard comes down.
But then again, maybe that's the point!
Tell me, what do you think? Would you ever drink on a playdate?