My Coffee is my Daddy Juice – #ShouldBeOnACoffeeMug

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Any parent will tell you that keeping up with their children is hard. Kids have a ton of energy and seem to be on a constant mission to break something, hurt themselves or hurt others. It can be absolutely exhausting trying to keep up with two little kids. I have tried everything. Tiring them out, keeping them busy, sedation, nothing slows these kids down.


One of the biggest issues is my girls don’t sleep in. Six or seven am comes around and they are up, out of bed, and ready to go. Unfortunately, that means I need to get up and be ready to go as well. I am pretty good at this but that wasn’t always the case. I am not a morning person and I will admit, at first I struggled.

After complaining to my father-in-law about how hard mornings were, he asked me, “How are you starting your morning?” “I don’t really have a routine,” I answered. “I just drag myself out of bed and start the day.”

He looked at me and said simply “Start the day with a cup of coffee.”

I’ll admit I was skeptical. How could a cup of coffee help me? But I agreed to give it a chance. I pulled out an old coffee maker and made a cup the next morning. And to my surprise, it worked. I had one of my best mornings. Later when I was retelling this story to him I asked him why it worked so well.  His response was instantaneous, “You did something for yourself. That’s the best way to start any day”.

My Morning Cup

Since then I have had my morning cup of coffee every day. My morning cup of coffee is part of my routine. Not long after the kids are awake, I will be downstairs fixing a cup. I used to use an old drip coffee maker for awhile but recently upgraded to a Keurig. My current flavor is the Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend Keurig cups. I like this blend because no matter what I add to it, it still tastes like coffee. This is especially great for when my brother-in-law, also a big coffee drinker, visits. He adds so much stuff to his coffee I have to question if he is actually drinking coffee or just eating sugar. This way he does, he can still taste coffee.

Daddy Juice

At this point, my kids are pretty used to me drinking my coffee in the morning. More than once they have heard me complain about doing something before my morning cup. It has gotten to the point where my morning coffee is now referred to as the “Daddy Juice”. It is the fuel I need to get going in the morning. I don’t know what I would do without my Daddy Juice. But, my father-in-law almost found out.

About a year ago he had a health issue arise, and his doctor told him to avoid all hot drinks, including coffee. This was devastating to him. That is why I am excited to give him a can of the Folgers Coffeehouse Blend as a gift when he next visits. You can serve it the normal way, like the hot cup I cherish every morning. It can also be served over ice, without getting that stale cold coffee flavor. A coffee that will be good cold over ice, or warm when he sneaks the mug my mother-in-law doesn’t know about. It’s perfect for him.

I started drinking coffee in the morning but I have to admit, I drink it throughout the day.  A cup when I am writing or when I come in from the cold is one of the joys in life. I have even grown quite fond of an evening cup after a big meal. But my favorite will always be the morning cup, that is just for me. That one is my Daddy Juice.



Bryan Alkire

Bryan is a Stay at Home Dad from Kalamazoo MI. Every day he is lucky enough to experience the joys and struggles of raising his two young girls. His older daughter, a brain tumor survivor, has just started school. His younger daughter is a ball of energy that always keeps him on his toes. He chronicles his adventures with his girls and beautiful wife on his blog When not watching the girls he plays golf (badly), enjoys craft beer, and working on that book he keeps promising to get done.

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