Friday’s Find – My Favorite Totally-Unnatural Energy BoosterPosted by MeckMom on Mar 4, 2011 in Popular Posts: Parenting Hacks, Recent Posts | 3 comments
Last night I was up until about 1:30 catching up on emails. At 5:15 my oh-s0-charming baby woke up bright-eyed and brimming with energy. At last, around 7:45 he finally started yawning. Sadly for me, that’s the exact same time my other 4 kids’ days are just beginning.
Since I have two little guys that sleep on totally opposite schedules and big kids who need rides, homework help, and dinner, a nap never really works out for me. On days like this, I really only have two options: go through the day groggy and grumpy or find an alternative that will help me function.
Some people go for a jog or meditate to boost energy – not me, I go for the totally unnatural version. I grab one of these handy little packets and dump it into my giant 24 oz Contigo water bottle. Each packet contains 120 mg of caffeine so I don’t drink it all at once. I just keep the bottle in the fridge and sip it throughout the day.
I used to have a hard time with this ‘fake energy idea’ but I don’t anymore. In my mind I try to see these the same way I see headache medicine – to be used in moderation when the need arises. You see, just being around my kids isn’t enough, they need a mom that is engaged and actively helping all the time. I can’t do that with a headache so I take Tylenol – I also can’t do it without adequate energy so on occasion, I drink this.
I know this isn’t an ideal solution. Someday, my son will sleep through the night consistently. Someday, my two year-old won’t destroy the kitchen every time I close my eyes. Someday, I’ll be able to read, relax, and rest a whole lot more. Until that day, I need a back up solution that helps me keep up with (and enjoy) my crazy life. That’s why I keep a stash of these packets on the top shelf of my cupboard. It’s not ideal, but works for me.
Have a great weekend, everyone!