21 Things Being A Barista Taught Me About Motherhood
When I became a Starbucks barista during my college years, I envisioned days of learning how to whip up frothy coffee creations and a lifetime supply of free baked goods. What I didnâ€™t expect was to absorb, however, along with the smell of freshly-ground espresso, was a preparation for my future as a parent. Who knew there could be so many parallels between serving up coffee to sleep-deprived college students and motherhood? Although, I admit, maybe I should have seen the sleep deprivation thing comingâ€¦
Here are 21 lessons on motherhood gleaned from my life as a professional coffee maker:
1.Â Sometimes, whipped cream can make anything better.
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2.Â Expensive is not always better.
At $10 or $2, that coffee is still a coffee. The same may be said for diapers.
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3. Everyone needs to eat cake for lunch at least once.
Itâ€™s kind of a must.
4. Fancy names can work wonders.
You better believe Iâ€™m going to pretend that PB & J is a â€œsuper-special, top-secret-spy-girlâ€ sandwich just so my kid will eat it. After all, that â€œgourmet-three-blend cheese sandwich on freshly-baked artisan breadâ€ is just a grilled cheese, right?
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5. Presentation is everything.
Thereâ€™s a reason why they make dinosaur chicken nuggets.
6. We all need a break.
Ever witnessed the gleam in your babyâ€™s eyes when he first spots your home outlets? Nothing compared to the mad rush for outlets in the morning at a coffee shop.