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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 engage in some self-care, you’ll be much more capable of 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 of adult 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 with 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 in 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 makes wonderful memories
Coffee can make 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 last a lifetime.

Is coffee part of your morning routine? Please share in the comments!

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  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

  3. Rhonda says:

    I was sipping my first cup of the day as I read this! I love my coffee!
    And I am very thankful that I found your blog! We are about to begin our second year of homeschooling. I have a 16 year-old junior and a 13 year-old 8th grader. I have read and watched almost everything you have! Your transcript webinars helped me create a transcript for my 16 year old that just got her accepted into a local private Christian college for dual enrollment this year. I can’t thank you enough! I plan to keep reading and watching – while sipping my coffee! ;)

    August 5th, 2014 at 4:58 am

  4. Assistant to The HomeScholar says:


    Lee and coffee make everything better, don’t you think? ;) Keep up the good work!

    Assistant to The HomeScholar

    August 6th, 2014 at 10:35 am

  5. Jill Robinson says:

    Yep. We’re in our second year of home schooled high school with our 15-year-old (plus an 8th and a 3rd grader), but when I started working from home I found it was hard to put my “game face” on for work or school without that morning latte. Thus, for years I’ve done a “mini commute” before the school day starts, listening to audio books and just being alone as I drive to get the coffee. (Have I mentioned my awesome husband who makes this possible?) Having that “margin” helps me keep my perspective and my sanity.

    September 3rd, 2014 at 12:44 pm

  6. Assistant to The HomeScholar says:

    Dear Jill,
    You are among friends! We are coffee people, here at The HomeScholar!
    Assistant to The HomeScholar

    September 3rd, 2014 at 7:45 pm

  7. KC says:

    Yes, it is! Sprinkle some pumpkin spice in the mix! I am waiting as I type for my cup now Hummm!!!

    November 14th, 2014 at 3:23 pm

  8. Anita says:

    Love my first cup of coffee in the morning. Usually pour it about the time we all sit down together to do our bible time and book discussions. A most agreeable way to start the home school day!

    August 5th, 2015 at 2:01 pm

  9. Lee says:

    Love it! There’s no better way to start the day! :)
    ~Anita, Assistant to The HomeScholar

    August 5th, 2015 at 2:03 pm

  10. Sally says:

    When my girls were small we began our homeschool day with Ladies Coffee Hour. None of us were drinking coffee, but coffee is a symbol of friendship and fellowship, thus the name. We gathered with our hot tea or cocoa and had our Bible time, read-aloud time and Mom’s Morning Meeting. :)

    August 26th, 2015 at 1:50 pm

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