On giving up caffeine and bad parenting

I've done this before -- I'm not doing it now, and I'm not advising that it be done for any reason whatsoever.

I was with a casual group of coworkers the other day when one of them lamented on the ineffectiveness of her daily coffee intake. "What am I to do?" She asked with an italic i. I told her that the only way to revert back to effective caffeine use is to go cold turkey (I am not a doctor and do not take my random advice). She scoffed at the idea and assured me that she wouldn't be able to function without her daily coffee.

I further explained that I had done this before and you simply have to accept that, for at least a couple of days, you will probably be, not the best parent. Pick which days those will be and go for it. There was much laughter and people seemed to think it was all a big joke. One person said with obvious jest, "I'm sorry kids, I'm going to be a bad dad today."

I'm not always a great parent; just like in anything else, I have good days and bad days. Some days I feel like I'm the father who needs to be taught a lesson in an ABC Family special feature and other days I think that I'm the dad at the end of Mary Poppins ecstatically flying kites in the park with my young ones.

Sure, we should all strive to be the type of parent that we want to be but -- frankly -- if we need to kick a caffeine habit, even if we are a single parent, we need to kick the habit. It's the only healthy choice.

I'm not upset at any of my co-workers, the reaction just gave me pause. I wasn't offended, I simply didn't anticipate a reaction in which people didn't expect to be bleh parents for a day. Maybe that's what I should have said. Maybe not bad parents -- just bleh parents.

Anyways, if you have any thoughts on the topic, leave em in the comments. Thanks for reading.

By the way, I reccomend picking this up if you have a Keurig that works with unlicensed k-cups. Sure, its got a couple of decaff cups but those are okay on occasion. Great price though. 


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