I love back to school season. I love freshly sharpened pencils and the promise of empty sheets of papers. I get a thrill out of filling my son’s backpack with new supplies and imagining all of the things he will do with them. And I absolutely delight in meeting my 70 new 7th graders–all cleaned up and on their best behavior for the first day of school.
But, I really don’t like those back to school mornings.
It always seems to take me several weeks to get back into the routine of waking up early, getting ready, getting my kids ready, praying, and leaving the house by 6:45. There are days when I hit my alarm and think longingly of the lazy days of summer. Sigh.
Now, I do have a Morning Routine that we settle into eventually. And it works beautifully. By the end of September we are able to have peaceful mornings that lead to joyful days.
The basic routine looks something like this:
Wake up and take medicine
Get Little Brother dressed and in high chair with breakfast
Get Sister dressed and in high chair with breakfast
Big Brother gets himself breakfast
I get dressed, put on make-up, and do my hair while the kids eat
Big Brother takes a shower and gets dressed
I eat my breakfast while the kids play for a few minutes
Backpacks, coats, and shoes on everyone
Morning Prayers in the Icon Corner
Out the door
It’s a great routine. Except for one thing. My kids wake me up each morning.
There is something about waking up to a toddler crying in his crib or a child standing at the side of my bed that jars me and starts the day off on the wrong foot.
I recently started Crystal Paine’s (of Money Saving Mom fame) online course entitled Make Over Your Mornings. And on Day 2 she mentioned that getting up before her children helps her start her day in the right frame of mind.
It was like some kind of light went off in my head. How simple! Get up before my children. Why hadn’t I thought of that? Come on, Sarah.
But then I realized that I had spent the last three and a half years pregnant, nursing, or with an infant in the house. I hadn’t had the luxury of getting up whenever I wanted to because I was just so dang tired all the time! However, now that my children are all sleeping through the night, and now that they all Go To Bed (Ridiculously) Early, I once again have control over my sleeping habits.
This is the One Small Thing that Has Completely Changed My Mornings: I now get up before my children do.
Simple, right? Here’s how I do it:
1. I Prep the Night Before
Before I go to bed, I make sure to do a few things that I know will make my mornings easier. Each evening I aim to:
-pack lunches for my son and myself
-lay out clothes for everyone
-clean the kitchen and do the dishes
-set the table for breakfast
By doing these simple tasks, I relieve stress in the morning.
2. I Go to Bed Early
If I want to get up at 5:30, I have to go to bed earlier. I have learned over the years that my body functions best at a minimum of eight hours of sleep. More is better. Because I have extreme hypothyroidism, I tend to tire easily and need to guard my sleep. So, I’ve now given myself a bedtime of 9:30. That means that I am in bed at 9:30–not starting to go there!
3. I Get Up With a Purpose
When the alarm goes off at 5:30, it is so tempting to stay in bed. That’s why I need a purpose to get me out and going. I try to do two things each morning:
-Pray alone in our icon corner
-Write for 10 minutes
That’s it! But, by starting off my day focusing on two of my priorities, I am able to tackle the rest of the day with renewed energy.
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Crystal’s courses are called Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings, and I do not exaggerate when I say that they will change your life. Because of them, I was able to create a peaceful atmosphere in my house, find time to start a blog, and write two books. Talk about life-changing!
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When you do, I’d love to hear about your experience. Let me know what you think!
How about you? What does your morning routine look like? Has anyone else taken Crystal’s Make Over Your Mornings course? What did you think?
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