From ZZZZ’s to Me in One Sip

Wow. we were never coffee drinkers. Never. Then we had our boys.

It is funny how important this small little moment has become:  our first sip of Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend.  Parenting is awesome. Sure. Every single moment is awesome. Okay, let’s be real. Raising kids i a tough business. Coffee for us makes it better.   My wife says, “From ZZZZ’s to Me in One Sip.” #ShouldBeOnACoffeeMug!

Let’s talk about what we call the most important 15 minutes of our morning day: Our coffee time. Now I would like to say that our kids are always respectful about time; but that’s far from the truth.

For those parents were looking for a way to spend some time together in the midst of a busy morning, I have a couple of suggestions.

First of all we are regular about this process. It is so important for us to have a couple of minutes to connect before the day starts.  We never miss it. We’ve been doing coffee time since opted adopted them. Because, they know what mom and dad’s coffee time is about. Interesting enough, it doesn’t matter. They seem to think it’s mommy-daddy-Eli-Ervin coffee time!  For us, we love our coffee, in particular, we have grown to LOVE Folgers Coffeehouse Blend.  I know, some say coffee is coffee, but we notice the difference.  When I told my wife we were going to get the chance to highlight Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend [Website | Facebook | Twitter ] she high-fived me.  As she says, Folgers Coffeehouse Blend is our fuel.   We are nothing until we have had our first cup!  You might call Laurie and I purists or maybe just ‘set in our ways,’ but we like our coffee hot, in a mug, while sitting on our deck thinking about the day.  That being said, we are going to try some iced coffee. The awesome thing?  We don’t have to change our coffee!  Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend is versatile, just like us parents.  If you want to learn more about it’s versatility, check out

So one thing we are working on is a strategy to address interrupting. This strategy is about finding some space away from the kids when they decide to insert themselves into our space.

Now for those of you who are thinking “what jerks,” let’s consider the fact that most of our days are focused on our kids. It’s so important for our kids to understand boundaries. It’s healthy to include some time where our kids are “forced” to find things to do by themselves.

Find me one adult who hasn’t been asked as a child to go find something to do on their own. It was standard operating procedure for my me mom to say to us kids, “get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather.”

So here’s what we do. When we have told our boys that it’s mom and dad’s coffee time and our kids decide to come to the table, we politely tell them that “this is mom and dad’s time for a few minutes and we will get back with him as soon as we’re done with our coffee.”

If that doesn’t work, then we actually take the step to find a different place to have coffee. For us, it’s the balcony upstairs. Luckily it only has room for a couple of chairs; however, our kids are kind of small and they actually still try to fit. The great thing is there’s a lock on the door. After we remind them this is our space and to give us a few minutes, we are quick to lock the door as a reminder that this is our !

The first time we did this, it was pretty painful. Our boys protested and certainly acted out. The second time it’s got better and now they are actually pretty quick to “walk away.”

So, why do I give you two suggestions for getting time away in the morning? This time is important for us to set our day in motion. It’s also a perfect time to connect. In today’s busy world, we are inundated with things to do besides focusing on what we need to do as a couple. Having a cup of Folger’s, while looking out over our property is a great way to start our day.

So, each day take some time to yourself as a couple and figure out what do you want your day to look like? What do you need from each other? What are are you doing today to improve your kids preparation for life?


I recommend you do it with Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend, but whatever you drink, spend that time planning and connecting.  For more information about what Folgers is doing to help out tired parents everywhere, check out

This is a sponsored post on behalf of J. M. Smucker Company. I received compensation for this post; however, all opinions stated are my own.

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Julian Caldwell

Julian Ivey-Caldwell founded GetConnectDAD with one simple goal: Connect more families to their...


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