Dispatches on Dry January: the fun, new way to parent!

Kristine Sostar McLellan

Excerpted from the January 2021 newsletter. Want to be in the know? Sign up to receive our newsletter here.

I decided to jump on the "Dry January" bandwagon because, to say the least, 2020 was not ideal.

In Vancouver we've been on pretty major restrictions for months. The combination of two very small kids, nowhere to go, and no one to see... Made the days feel shapeless and long.

By the time my husband and I finished our work days it was already dark and most likely raining. We'd bundle the kids up and walk around QE Park, where we'd rarely see anyone else, until enough time had passed to start dinner.

Like so many of us PARENTING IN A PANDEMIC, I spent 2020 feeling anxious, low and exhausted. By the time the kids were in bed I didn't feel like I had much left to give, so at the very least we could celebrate another day in the Covid-19 hole with a much-deserved glass of wine.

There's really nothing wrong with that, in my opinion. But I noticed that it wasn't really making me happier, and instead was just putting off my bad mood until the whole thing started again.

Finally, in December I decided to maybe possibly consider adopting a somewhat "healthier lifestyle."

First, only in my own mind. I let the idea to cut the sugar and alcohol out for one month, as bad as it sounded, percolate.

Then, before I knew it, I was taking the first real step toward accomplishing anything we don't really want to do: telling anyone who would listen that I was doing it.

And... I did it! 🥳

So what did I learn? In short... A lot!!! 

Turns out this harrowing journey of self-control included a naturopathic doctor, hypnosis, not actually giving up chocolate, being a better parent, being a worse parent, eating too much chocolate, and more!

So in the tradition of all bad internet recipes published before this: that's the context.

And the goods, AKA the reason any of us ever scans a listicle? 

Well, over the next month I'll share my takeaways on our Instagram page and on our blog.

Was this all just an elaborate ruse to get you to follow us on Instagram? Maybe. Yes. And absolutely not.

But we hope it resonates, and makes you laugh. And we especially hope we're exploring topics that you as expecting and postpartum parents care about.

So as we give 2020 the middle finger and move on to brighter pastures, tell me what's on YOUR mind! Seriously!

Shoot an email to info[at]imonetoughmother.com and tell us:

What pregnancy questions do you have? What do you most want to know about birth? What issues are you facing as a parent to small ones? What funny thing did your three-year-old say? WHAT'S GOOD!?

This year won't be without its challenges, but let's kick it off by facing them together.

Cheers to February!

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