So right off the bat, I will tell you that I am mostly a morning person. Even if I stay up late, I still naturally wake up early and love to get up before everyone else gets up and have some Me time. My coffee tastes wonderful and steamy, the butter on my toast is warm and melty, and the house is quiet.
Schreeeech <————–that is the sound of reality “screeching” to a halt right there.
Yes, this is what I would love to happen in an ideal world. However, this is not was generally happens in my world.
It usually looks something more like this: I stay up late to binge watch Game of Thrones with my husband (who IS a night owl), and then when I wake up in the morning I instantly regret sleeping in longer than normal because my 6 year old is bounding into my bedroom and asking if he can have breakfast and play video games, all while touching and grabbing at me (and it’s too early in the morning for the touching and grabbing) and I get cranky.
I go downstairs (while my husband sleeps) and I make coffee but, before I can pick it up off the Keurig machine I follow my son around the kitchen blocking him off from getting into the candy cabinet, the saltine crackers, and the glass of Pepsi left on the counter from the night before. Then I make him breakfast or direct him to make his own, and in the meantime do the dishes because there are no clean spoons for him to eat his cereal with…and by the time I remember my coffee- it’s cold.
Before I know it, I am really cranky and not doing well with my son bounding around like a bouncy ball all around me.
The reality is that as moms, we have so much to do that if we don’t plan our time, other things begin to take over.
I am going to share with you some secrets that I’ve learned over the years that really help my mornings to go smoother!
I call them…
10 Ways to make mommy Mornings Easier!
# 1 Mommy morning saver: Get Enough Sleep
This is the most obvious one, but it’s worth repeating over and over again. If you are not sleeping enough because you are giving priority to other things late at night on a regular basis, then everything else that you read in this post won’t be much good. Of course, I am not advocating for not binge watching your favorite TV show after the kids are in bed – winter IS coming after all, and you don’t want to miss it!- but if this is your norm, you need a different strategy! Most adults need at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. For me, 10 is more like it!
#2 Mommy morning saver: Put your kids to bed at a decent time
Not only do your kids need adequate sleep, but if they are up late ruling the roost and you are staying up unconsciously because of them, then this is not working for you either. Get them to bed, and then you can have some you time without compromising your own sleep!
# 3 Mommy morning saver: Grind your coffee and set the coffee to brew the night before!
Not only will your coffee grinder not wake up the kids, but setting up the coffee for the time when you plan to get up is a nice little incentive to get out of bed (groggily smells coffee and is immediately willing to get out of bed).
#4 Mommy Morning Saver: Stretch right after getting out of bed
I don’t know how old you are, but let me tell you that when you hit your mid 30’s, you may start to feel a bit tight when you get out of bed in the morning! Stretching Every. Single. Day. Helps you to feel your physical best for your day of momming ahead. I can not stress this enough. If you don’t take care of yourself physically, you won’t feel good, and you won’t have the energy reserves to gracefully deal with the challenges of parenting that day.
#5 Mommy Morning Saver: Plan to get up at least 1 hour before your kids do
Doing this may seem a bit hard if you are not naturally a morning person, but I guarantee that once you are up, you won’t regret it! The house will be quiet, and you will have time to focus on you for the day. You will have time to drink your hot coffee without interruption (MMMM hot coffee), and best of all, you’ll be happy to hear your kids stampeding down the stairs (instead of hiding in the bathroom trying to pretend that you are not there so they’ll go away- just an example).
As long as you are getting up before your kids, here are some things to do that can help to set up your day for success!
- Spend time doing a devotional (I love this one from my sister-in-law Sarah Sarniack, 21 Days to Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman Bible Study.
- Spend time meditating
- Do some chores that you don’t mind doing
- Work on some things that are best done without kids around
- Make a list of what you want to accomplish that day
- Work out
Whatever you do, do something that is somewhat relaxing so that you feel filled up as a mom when your kids get up!
#6 Mommy Morning Saver: Put a digital alarm clock in your child’s room and teach them not to come out of their room until a certain time each morning.
I love this trick mostly because it’s so easy and it works, but also because you are teaching your child something about reading time! This really isn’t so bad for your child either, because they get some time to themselves after waking up, and they can read or play quietly as long as they stay in their room! Win-Win!
#7 Mommy Morning Saver: Put out cereal, bowls, and spoons on the kitchen table or counter the night before!
Doing this is a small thing that will really cut down on your time spent in the morning. Doing this can seriously be the difference between stopping what you are doing when the kids get up, and continuing your peaceful morning for just a few minutes longer.
I mean yes, my kids ARE very capable of getting into the cabinet and silverware drawer and fridge to get the necessary breakfast items to feed themselves, but they are SO LOUD when they do it that it really breaks my peace and concentration on whatever I am trying to accomplish that morning. Just do it, this little step will save your sanity!
- On a related topic, you seriously need to turn one of your lower kitchen cabinets into a kid cabinet for all kid related food serving items- this means you don’t have to get up each time they want a new cup! Genius!
#8 Mommy Morning Saver: Pack Lunches the night before!
This is an obvious one, but one it took my family a while to learn! Seriously, packing lunches the morning of while kids are running around, spoons are flying, and bickering is happening is a recipe for disaster! Packing lunches right after the kids go to bed, before you binge watch Game of Thrones works much better!
#9 mommy morning saver: Lay out kids clothes the night before!
This is yet another rather logical idea that took me quite a while to grasp. Are you seeing a trend here? (I’ve learned all these things the hard way!) This way, your kids can get up and get dressed and you (hopefully) don’t have to do much in this department in the morning!
#10 mommy morning saver: Have kids find their shoes, coats, and backpacks the night before and place them by the door!
If you have ever lost your mommy mind watching your child slowly searching around for their other shoe, coat, or backpack when you are already late, you will agree that this tip doesn’t require explanation.
Sometimes being a mom requires ingenuity! Necessity is the mother of all invention, after all!
Even if you’re not a morning person, these trick can work for you! Your coffee will be hot, your toast will be warm and crispy, and your morning, your whole day really, will be so much better with just a little bit of planning!
If you find that you are stressed not only in the mornings, read The Art of Slowing Down.
Let me know how these tips work for you, and other genius tricks that YOU use in the comments below!