Featured Local Business

Most Read: Family Fun

Encounters with Art

Art is a natural part of our world. Explore art with your ch... Read more

Saddle up for Adventure

Hands forward, knees bent, and ready to go, 12-year-old A.J... Read more

Reeling in Summer Fun

The sun shimmers on the water, glinting on a thin fishing li... Read more

Chasing the Future

Four-year-old Andrew Davis eagerly ran inside his house afte... Read more

Take a Hike!

A quiet trail winds among towering trees behind Chesapeake A... Read more

The Sound of Sunshine

Music reverberates throughout the second floor of the Attuck... Read more

The Gift of Storytelling

No matter what holiday your family celebrates, your vision f... Read more

Art Therapy for Children

A mother brought in her 7-year old daughter for an evaluatio... Read more

The Thrill of the Dance

A chaotic scene awaits in the studios of Todd Rosenlieb Danc... Read more

Project Plant It! Makes Learn…

Each spring, school systems throughout Virginia partner with... Read more

Girls go Tech

Lily Tomlinson, a homeschooled teen from Chesapeake, may not... Read more

Girls Winning at Camp

Ahh, summer camp! Memories of night hikes under the stars, a... Read more

Connecting with Dance

At first glance, this looks like an ordinary dance lesson. T... Read more

The Imaginative World of Thea…

Asher Sullivan, 15, of Virginia Beach, discovered his love f... Read more

Kids Need Art

The arts are more than just enjoyable activities for kids. P... Read more

YCC Promises Adventure

Every summer, Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) offers over 150... Read more

The Gifted Child

I was a gifted child. As a child, I didn’t really unde... Read more

Cooped Up with Kids?

Tidewater winters are known for stretches of wet, chilly wea... Read more

Raising a Reader

If you had to guess at what point a child begins learning to... Read more

How To Have a Happy Pet

Owning a pet is a privilege and should result in a beneficia... Read more

2020 Nov

I Love You More Than Coffee

Find a kindred spirit in this amazing book about parenting.

I remember the day well. My three-year-old son had a terrible cold and was home from preschool, whiny and extremely needy. My two-month-old son was howling every moment that he was out of my arms. Neither child would close his eyes for longer than 10 minutes and by 2 p.m., I had hit rock bottom. Disappointed in my own lack of patience and their lack of sleep, I was officially at my wit’s end. I decided that I just needed to get out of the house. I strapped both children into their car seats, and I drove. I drove and I cried.  

I ended up in the line at the Starbucks drive-thru and with a shaky voice, I ordered a grande white mocha (no whip—gotta lose that baby weight!). As that warm cup of indulgence was brought to my lips, a sense of peace came over me. Also, both children had miraculously fallen asleep during the ride. I needed a friend to remind me that I could do this seemingly impossible job of parenting two small children. That day, the friend was coffee.

Author Melissa Face and I share a friend in coffee. We also share an overwhelming love for our kids and an understanding that motherhood is not just caring for our children but also caring for ourselves. I know we have this in common because I read Melissa’s collection of essays, I Love You More Than Coffee. 

The essays included in I Love You More Than Coffee start by introducing you to a giddy but worried new mother with a love of writing. Melissa takes you on a journey that many parents can relate to, and along the way, you meet Melissa’s down-to-earth husband, Craig, her perceptive and compassionate son, Evan, and eventually her daughter, Delaney, who will make you snort the coffee from your nose. 

Melissa’s written-in-real-time essays seem to have served as her therapy during her early years of parenting. Melissa shares the ups and downs of parenting in a way that is truly relatable and useful. No, this is not an advice book written by a Ph.D., but I assure you that your spirits will rise and you will gain insight into your own struggles with parenthood as you find yourself in many of her stories.

This author has a way of capturing your heart with her tales of parenting milestones. You will find yourself contemplating the sage counsel of her grandmother, giggling at her children’s questions, and relating to coffee as salvation. At times you won’t be able to tell if your tears are from laughing or crying. Melissa writes about her parenting challenges and successes as though she is your best friend chatting with you, over a cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop, of course. 

Reading I Love You More than Coffee presents you to a real mother, with real struggles, who has a mutually intense love for her children and coffee. Parent or not, you will find a kindred spirit in this author and her essays. After reading her essay collection, I feel as though she is my friend now and we should meet for coffee.

To order your copy, go here.

 

 

Enter to Win a FREE Subscription to Tidewater Family Plus Magazine

We're hosting an extra year-end giveaway and are excited to gift 5 FREE subscriptions to both Tidewater Family Plus Magazine, a $20.00 value! Entering is...

Free to Enter!