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Mommy Dearest: Mom Drunk at School Drop-Off

Mommy Dearest,

I volunteer at the drop-off at my children's private school each morning. I usually direct traffic or help students from the cars and pass paperwork to their parents.

The other day, while assisting one of my daughter's first grade classmates from his car, I smelled a strong scent of alcohol in the vehicle and on his mother's breath when she told him to have a good day. I noticed it once before, but let it go thinking it was my imagination.

It was only eight o'clock in the morning! I had heard rumors that the woman was a drinker, but am appalled that she put her own child at risk. I cannot confront her since she is always with him so what should I do?

— Appalled By Intoxicated Mom

To read Mommy Dearest's response,


Appalled By Intoxicated Mom,

I agree confronting the woman would probably make the child extremely uncomfortable, however you must do something since she is putting her son at risk as well as everyone else on the road. I would recommend reporting the incident to the school and following up with them to make sure some course of action is taken.

Hopefully, they will be able to offer the mom the help she may need.

—Mommy Dearest

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