The following is a post from contributing writer, Christy @ Eclectic Momma
I just don’t understand how I personally could have given birth to three children who are all “morning people.” The sun comes up and they are happily dancing and singing their way downstairs. I grope for the alarm clock smacking the snooze button just to have nine more minutes. I lumber downstairs bleary-eyed, daring anyone to speak to me before I’ve had a shower. I’m up, but I’m definitely not happy about the event.
Through the years, my children have learned to give mommy some time to adjust to this daily occurrence. Fortunately, my initial grumpiness has done nothing to dampen their joyous morning exuberance. I will admit to some mommy guilt over my lack of enthusiasm in the morning, but I’m learning to accept how God made me and my children.
As a homeschooler with “Morning is my best time of day!” children, survival becomes my top priority.
Here are some ways, this non-morning lovin’ mommy has found to rise and somewhat shine:
Early to bed, early to rise!
That doesn’t sound like fun, does it? I like staying up after my kids have gone to bed for some well-earned alone time. You may need that decompression time and that’s perfectly normal. Realizing that it’s normal doesn’t change the fact that if you’re like me, you still have to get up. Being exhausted is counterproductive. Being fully rested always helps things go smoother.
Some possible ways to plan ahead for the next day:
- Make breakfast the night before.
- Have a menu so you know what’s for breakfast and lunch instead of trying to figure it out on the fly.
- Print out any worksheets, assignments the night before.
- Lay out clothes, materials, supplies and anything else you’ll need first thing in the morning.
Older children are awesome helpers, you can have them:
- Feed the pets or animals.
- Help get breakfast on the table.
- Get younger siblings ready in the morning.
- Start independent work.
“Rules” for survival
It helps to create rules to ease yourself into the morning. It buys you some valuable time before having to interact with anyone.
- “Don’t talk to me until ___________” Fill in the blank with your morning essentials. Is it coffee, a shower, checking your email?
- “Stay in your room/bed quietly until (whatever time you decide)”
- “Don’t wake up anyone else!” This is a high priority rule, especially if you have babies/toddlers and older children.
- “If you do wake up early, here are some things you are allowed to do: _______________.” Some examples might include to read books in bed, listen to audio books quietly, or any other quiet activity.
I may never greet the morning with as much enthusiasm as my children, but at least I can do a few things to make things go so much smoother. With these tips, we might not only find ourselves surviving the mornings, but actually enjoying it.
Christy is a mommy to three delightful morning people. She loves reading mysteries, watching birds out her kitchen window, and blogging about life and home schooling at Eclectic Momma. She’s learning to take life as it comes trusting in the only ONE that knows the future.