Morning routines can be hard to set and follow when you’re a mom, however, I feel like they are the only way to successfully get out of the house alive. For years I’ve just ignored setting and following a morning routine because I didn’t think what I was doing was wrong. That was until my first child started school.
When my daughter started getting old enough that she was “too big” for me to dress and wanted to be independent is when everything changed for us. She suddenly wanted to do everything on her own but she did it at the speed of a sloth. This bothered me big time.
I’m the type of person that gets things done right away once I put my mind to it. So when she would insist on doing things herself only to take an hour to eat one pop tart, I would lose my mind. I’ve been open about the fact that I have little patience. That’s with anything in life really. I’m not sure why I’m such an impatient person, but if I don’t do things right away they never get done so waiting for me is torture.
The Evening Routine
The key to a successful morning routine (for me that is) is to start the night before.
- Make sure the kids lay out their clothes.
- Make it mandatory that they leave their shoes and backpack in the same place.
- Pack lunches
- Sign folders for school
The rest is up to you. Fill out your printable routine sheet with what your family and kids need to do the night before to ensure their morning goes well.
One thing that can really help younger kids not get shiny object syndrome is to use visuals. These routine cards are a great visual and it will help them to work independently.
The Morning Routine
Having a successful morning routine may mean a lot of different things to different people. However, it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Routines can be fun and will become second nature after a while. So just start with one routine at a time and add to it as you notice the kids catching on.
This goes for you too Mama. If you are starting a new routine for yourself then make sure you start slow. You will get worn out and overwhelmed if you try too many things at one time.
Tips For Success:
Get Up Before The Kids
Getting up before the kids will allow you to accomplish your morning routine before they even grace you with their presence.
Your morning routine might have 3-5 things you want to accomplish each day no matter what.
They could range from a load of laundry, unloading the dishwasher, working out or reading a book. Heck, they could be all of those things.
Just getting up before the kids will be life-changing.
Just make sure you do something for yourself that you enjoy. This will help to set your day off on the right track.
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Sit down with your planner to make sure you know what is going on that day. This helps to keep those important tasks at the forefront of your mind.
The Kids Turn
Get the kids all get up and started on their routines in whatever order they need to leave the house. Usually, this is oldest first.
Set rules for breakfast and make sure they all clear their messes.
Pillars of the Day
Build your routines into your schedule by making them the pillars of your day. Then filter everything else around those. This will help everything to move more smoothly each day.
My Simple Stay At Home Mom Morning Routine
- I get up at 6 am and brew a cup of coffee.
- While I drink that I journal and read in a book that is soley for me. It’s usually a parenting book or self-development book.
- Then I meditate on that until I have to get my daughter up at 6:45.
- She has her routine cards that she follows with a few reminders from me.
- Once she’s gone I make breakfast for myself and the toddler.
- I get the toddler up and we eat.
- We typically have playtime right away and from there I transition into my daily schedule.
What Happened After Implementing A Morning Routine
To make a change like this has taken a lot of determination and a change in my habits. I have had to actually make a routine and stick to it. It’s taken a lot of mental willpower to transition to this. However, I have seen a huge attitude adjustment in not only my daughter but myself as well. I look forward to our “bedtime hour” and we choose together the activities to do after our routine is complete.
This didn’t happen overnight and it will certainly take some tweaks along the way as both of our girls get older and take on more responsibility. However, for now, we will enjoy our routine together.
When I implemented the routine cards for her I noticed a huge difference in her desire to participate. We started with one routine at a time and added on as she became independent enough.
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Routines & Schedules That Work For You
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