You’ve seen them. I know you have. One of the many, many memes about why moms drink coffee. All the shirts about moms needing coffee. And of course, coffee mugs about moms needing coffee. But is it really just a stereotype? Nope! At least, not for this mama. Coffee, chocolate, and good music are how I keep sane every day (the rough days include a bit of whiskey after the kids are in bed and asleep…wine doesn’t cut it for this mama 😉 ).
That still doesn’t answer the question, “why do moms drink so much coffee?”. I can’t speak for other moms, but here are my reasons. Maybe you can relate to a few.
Teething is no joke. On a rough teething night, I can be up at least 10 times. Sometimes the baby just needs to be with me. All. Night. Sleeping with a wiggly, upset baby in the bed is not very restful. It’s like sleeping with a cranky, screaming octopus that constantly smacks you in the face. Then the daytime isn’t much better. Napping is a joke. There are at least 5 places to put the baby down but she only wants to be held…facing out…on your left side…and if you try to sit down, all hell breaks loose. Coffee? You bet.
Y’all, everyone complains about toddlers. How busy they are, how hard they can be with tantrums. Toddlers have nothing on preschoolers. Take all that toddler energy and defiant-ness and put it in a bigger, faster body with more intelligence and a fuller vocabulary. Then, on top of that, they have discovered things like jokes and the “Mama, watch this!” And the words. Oy! The amount of words they use in a day is unreal. Thankfully, by this age, most kids seem to recognize to not bother mom until the coffee cup is in her hand.
There are four people that live here. Based on the amount of laundry I do each week, I would assume there are more than that. What is it about laundry? I don’t mind vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, and cooking dinner but folding and putting away laundry? Absolute torture. Coffee makes it bearable…kind of.
I am pretty much known for saying “no” to so many things. Between two kids, homeschooling, a blog, an Etsy shop, and housework, my days are busy. I also am not the biggest fan of socializing ever. I’d rather “free time” be spent alone with a book. But all moms still tend to have a fair amount of commitments, especially as their children age. I don’t think I ever take my four year old to dance class without my travel mug in hand. Too bad the library doesn’t allow food or drink or else I’d take it there too! Where we live rurally, most things are a 10-30 minute drive. There is nothing in walking distance so a lot of our week is spend in the car. That alone requires coffee.Teething babies, preschoolers, laundry, oh the laundry! Moms need all the #coffee! Click To Tweet
Yup. I said it. Sometimes just living with another person is plain exhausting. Then you add in most wives do most the housework. I could spend my entire day cleaning the house until it shines then my husband comes home from his messy, outside job and all that work is for nothing within 5 minutes. And of course, they want attention and to actually talk (silly husbands). After a day with the kids, all I want is sleep, not to actually interact with another human. So more coffee it is so I can manage to be a halfway decent wife (we’ll aim for “good” another day 😉 ).
Of course, this is one of the most important reasons! Coffee is just good. I’m a semi-coffee snob (I have a friend who is a true coffee snob so I can only consider myself semi one). I won’t touch Folgers or the like. I’m a Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts fan. I love the taste of good coffee.
Sure, not all moms drink coffee. One of my best friends never touches the stuff and I don’t know how she does it! Are you a coffee drinking mom? What are some of your reasons?