If you find yourself with a child having a total tantrum that seemingly won’t end, it’s best to step away from the situation. Put your child someplace safe – this will vary depending on their age (it could be in the Snoo, it could be with a partner…) – and go somewhere where, ideally, you can’t hear the screaming. Take a few deep breaths, scream into a pillow, close your eyes…do whatever you need to do to regain your composure for a minute. Then, head to the kitchen and have a few sips of wine. This whole thing can be done in two minutes.
Don’t feel guilty!
Your child is safe, you’re not guzzling a bottle, you’re not even drinking a glass, you’re just taking a few moments to get your bearings. You’ll likely find this will help wrap the tantrum up a lot more swiftly. Children pick up on energy and that energy is sure to be better by indulging yourself, even if only for two minutes.
There’s no need to spend a lot of money to get a great wine, there are wonderful budget buys for that afternoon witching hour. Here’s a look at a few.
Cameron Hughes Wine: Cameron Hughes Wine is a California-based vintner — they focus purely on sourcing the best wines from Europe and negotiating the best price. Once acquired, the wines are bottled under the CH Wine label and then offered at a fraction of the original price. You can’t really go wrong here and they have a long list of affordable options.
The CK Mondavi and Family: These wines are very food-friendly, so whatever you don’t finish mid-tantrum save for your next dinner!
FitVine Wine: This is a “better-for-you wine,” designed with less sugar and higher alcohol by volume than most other wines.