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Coffee is the key to homeschool happiness

October 23, 2012

Coffee is the key to homeschool happiness, and I can prove it.  It doesn’t have to be coffee, of course, any refreshment will do.  But I do LOVE a nice cup of coffee!

1. Coffee can help you have your morning meeting with your kids. 
When you meet with your children each day, and go over your expectations for them, the whole day will go more smoothly.  A quick daily check-in is often all it takes. It reminds me a lot of having a quiet time, actually.  In fact….

2. Coffee can help you have your morning meeting with God. 
When you meet with the Lord each day, and He goes over His expectations for you, then your hold day will go more smoothly.  A quick daily check-in with the Bible can be just the encouragement you need to stay on course.

3. Coffee can encourage you to take care of yourself.
If you do some self-care, you’ll be much more capable of doing some other-care.  We do so much for others all day long.  A little bit of “me time” can start the day off right.  It doesn’t have to be coffee, it can be tea or a warm meal, but taking care of yourself is the first step toward taking care of others.  Remember what the airlines say, “first put on your own oxygen mask.”

4. Coffee can encourage budding friendships. 
Having coffee with another homeschool mom while the kids play can increase the chances that you get friendship too.  Instead of dropping them off, stay and enjoy fellowship with others.  We crave the company of someone other than our children, and sharing a coffee can encourage sharing our feelings.

5. Coffee can encourage understanding of others.
The best support system I had was my weekly cup of coffee with my best friend.  She shared her struggles about learning disabilities, and I shared my woes about my own children.  We both ended up with a better appreciation for the struggles others face.

6. Coffee can ensure you have margin. 
Everyone needs time in their day when nothing is planned.  The margin of your day is like the margin on a book.  Book margins make a book readable, and life margins make life liveable.  If you don’t have time to sit down and have a cup of coffee, that means you don’t have enough margin in your life.  Take a moment.  Sip. Breathe.  It’s therapy.

7. Coffee gives wonderful memories.  
Coffee gives a lasting warm memory of friendship.  I remember going to Starbucks once a week, while my son Kevin taught chess.  It was just me and Alex in the coffee shop; he was studying and I was sipping my peppermint mocha learning about homeschooling high school.  Good memories.  Memories to keep for a lifetime.

Enjoy your coffee!

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2 Comments »

  1. Sharie Wilson says:

    Looks like I need to be drinking MORE coffee… oh, say 7 cups a day?! A cup for each reason, right? :)

    I forced myself to like coffee 2 years ago for some of these very reasons. I craved the social aspect of it, especially with my husband.

    Great post!

    October 28th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

  2. Birdie says:

    Hi Lee. I’m so glad you shared this “older” post, it’s beautiful 8-). I love afternoon coffee but most days tea is at hand. If I was visiting I would wait expectantly for those words, “Whould you like me to make coffee?” (hee hee 8).

    November 1st, 2013 at 9:57 pm

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