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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