Boozing Author/Mom Hits the Wagon

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2009 1:07 PM CDT
Popular blogs like Mommywantsvodka have turned booze-happy parenting into a pop movement.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Stefanie Wilder-Taylor made a name for herself penning light-hearted accounts of life as a hard-drinking mom, so her blog readers were shocked when she announced that she was laying off the sauce, the New York Times reports. Drinking-while-parenting “was a way to express that we’re still fun people,” but when she woke up on the couch fully clothed one morning, she realized, “I have these kids who are depending on me, and I have a bad problem.”

With book titles like Naptime Is the New Happy Hour, Wilder-Taylor was the highest-profile spokeswoman of a burgeoning pop-culture movement that wryly points to the bottle as a cure for motherhood’s stresses. Her blog fostered a community of parenting under the influence, but most of her readers have been supportive of her decision. “It’s embarrassing to be all ‘Rah Rah Rah! Gooooo BOOZE!’ only to zip off with my tail between my legs,” Wilder-Taylor writes, “but it’s what I had to do.”