Tara - posted on 10/07/2011 ( 104 moms have responded )
I know a mom who drinks a lot. At least 6-8 beers a day, probably more. Her hubby works away from home, comes home about 4 times a year for about 10-21 days at a time. She has 4 kids, youngest isn't yet 2.
She is breastfeeding him still, has all along. She claims that she doesn't nurse him if she's been drinking but she drinks all the time, every day.
Now put that breastfeeding issue aside for a moment and picture this.
Her 9 year old daughter is the one who puts the baby to bed, feeds him and changes him. He goes to her when he needs something. The mom thinks this is great. "what a great bond they have" "she's such a good big sister" the daughter seems to enjoy this role and never complains.
However I had to drop something at her home the other night for swimming classes. She answered the door and then came out for a smoke and to chat. Her daughter shows up two seconds later holding the screaming baby. Daughter - "Mom I found Liam walking standing at the stairs and the gate was open". Mom "I didn't leave it open you must have". Daughter "It doesn't matter mom, he's up now. Are you going to put him back to bed" Mom- "Take him back to my room and lay down with him can't you see I'm busy"
Daughter - "I'm doing homework"
Mom - "Too bad, just do it."
Me - "I should be going anyways, you put Liam to bed, Christa can do her homework and I can drop the rest of these off"
Mom - "She'll be fine, but whatever"
Thoughts on what you would do?