Living: How to Survive a Hangover with a Toddler

Ok, don’t judge me. We’ve all been there. Those nights where you were only going to have one and you find yourself tearing up the dance floor in some cheesy bar at 3am. Inevitably, your precious little ones will be super eager to see you in the morning and will probably get up extra early as a reminder that you absolutely should NOT attempt to enjoy a social life once you have had children. If you had the foresight to plan ahead you would definitely have shipped the little lovelies off to their grandparents for the weekend, but alas, here you are. Now how to survive the day?


Planning Ahead.

  • As a rule, every weekend morning should begin with some kind of cooked breakfast. Prep for the weekend by stocking up on bacon, fresh coffee and any other hangover friendly favourites you might have.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Pop a couple of bottles of water by the bed before you go out so you remember to have a good drink before you go to sleep.


The First Hour

  • This is by far the worst part of the day, so it helps to have a game plan. The aim for this hour is quiet distraction: the day will be far easier to face if you have a gentle start.
  • Gather together a breakfast tray for the kids. Large drinks with lids (you don’t want to have to deal with accidents) dry cereal (takes ages to eat), whole apples, buttered toast etc. Think of things that take ages to eat, but don’t make too much mess.
  • iPad/TV. we love a good Peppa Pig marathon on YouTube. If you find a compilation, you don’t have to skip to the next one. Pop the kids at the end of your bed to watch this (volume low) while you gather yourself/dose for a minute.


The Morning Shift

  • Coffee and a bacon sandwich.
  • More water. Avoid taking painkillers (especially the blood thinning varieties like aspirin) as they can intensify the effects of alcohol. And nobody needs that.
  • Hot shower and comfortable clothes. It’s amazing how much better you feel when you’ve freshened up a bit.
  • This is going to be the least popular suggestion. Go outside. Take the kids out to the park where they can blow off some steam, but you can coast around the edge feeling sorry for yourself. If you skip this step, you’re likely to end up with bored, hyper children shouting inside and you’ll regret it.


The Afternoon

  • More food. Im in favour of a good roast dinner to sort out a weary head, but whatever works for you. Also don’t feel like you have to cook your own, you can always nip out to the pub for a fuss free option. At this point you may want to try a hair of the dog….
  • Disney. Get comfy on the sofa and watch a movie all together.
  • Then put the children and yourselves to bed.


Finally, you resolve never to drink again, knowing full well that you definitely will. Probably next weekend.


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