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National Coffee Day: Caffeine-Fueled Parenting

National Coffee Day

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Do you feel that you can’t have a coherent conversation unless you’ve had a cup of Joe? Do you get a headache if you don’t drink enough coffee? Do you find that you like yourself better after you’ve had a few cups of coffee? You may be a coffee addict. And this is your special day — it’s National Coffee Day!

Me? I’ve got a love-hate thing going on with coffee. It undoubtedly helps to give me a little get-up-and-go. And certainly when my kids were younger and I was perpetually underslept, coffee was an essential tool for getting through the day.

The downside? Coffee makes me edgy. Then when I crash from coffee, it makes me grouchy. Plus, it does crazy things to my stomach. Also, indulging my cafe latte habit gets expensive when I frequent cafes in my neighborhood.

I recently explained caffeine to my 8-year-old daughter. “It’s a drug that’s in coffee that gives grown-ups energy, but it also can make them crabby.”

“Well, you must drink a lot of coffee!” she retorted, without missing a beat.

Maybe it’s time I cut back.

What about you? Do you rely on java to get you through the day? Could you parent without it? And how do you plan to commemorate National Coffee Day?

USA Today reports that various coffee shops and some national chains are offering discounts and deals to celebrate the “holiday.”

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