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OPP: Drugged Out Mom

Today’s OPP is from Christine:

Christine occasionally takes Xanax to take the edge off and to help relieve stress from her two little kids (2 and 4).  Her husband has major issues with her being on Xanax and raising their children.  She doesn’t seem the problem because it is an occasionally thing, to help out. 

Slacker doesn’t fully understand the vice that she uses, be views Xanax in better standing than alcohol or weed when taking care of kids.  Steve gets that wife’s need to have the edge taken off when need be, and if its Xanax then that’s fine.

What advice do you have?

Taking care of kids is a handful, and if she needs to take a pill occasionally to not be so stressed or have anxiety I don’t see a problem with that.  At least she isn’t one of those Moms who take their children’s medicine.

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06/06/2013 4:23PM
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06/06/2013 5:10PM
OPP: Drugged Out Mom
Slacker said that our parents & grandparents didn't do this; that they in effect, just survived it without any help. I refference the Rolling Stones " Mother's little helper", originally released in 1966. That would be right in our parents generation, and prevalent enough to have songs wriote about it. So it has been around for nearly 50 an issue. Not taking sides on this, but the Stones do provide a warning about abuse even back then.
06/06/2013 5:13PM
Old mama
I listened to Christine and all the callers commenting. I'm an older mom (been at it for 17 years). I had 3 kids within 2 1/2 years. If I've learned nothing else, I've learned NOT TO JUDGE another mother. We all have our own personal walks and must do what works for us. What I wouldn't give to be back at the toddler stage. Wait until you have strong willed teenagers! One big mistake moms make (I did it myself) is allowing other moms to make us feel bad in any way about our coping choices.
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