Do you want a hectic start to your day? Do you want to be behind from the minute you are vertical? Get up WITH your children. Same time.
You peel yourself out of bed when you hear baby’s cry or your older kiddos charge into your bedroom. It will be near impossible to get in a shower or have a few minutes to get yourself ready for the day. You are immediately bombarded with countless requests.
Forget a quiet minute before you must hit the ground running!
Baby woke up soaked…I guess you are doing laundry. Toddler went through the pull-up…I guess you are doing morning tubs too.
You long for a cup of coffee, but know that it will be an hour before you get around to making it.
Forget getting out of the door on time!
Have you wondered how to wake your children with a smile?
I have been getting up earlier than my girls and have noticed an immense change in my morning. It’s like I have been given an extra hour. It’s a Bonus Hour. More than just adding productive or relaxing time, it makes the first hour with my girls so much more pleasant.
My daughters’ days don’t start off in chaos as I have already started my day. I have a head start on getting myself ready (whoa…maybe even a shower!). I have already washed a load of laundry or unloaded the dishwasher. I have sipped coffee and read my morning devotion. I have spent time writing or catching up on e-mail.
All in peace and quiet…efficient AND enjoyable.
I do realize there are times in life when this is not the best option. New baby? Yeah, forget it. You need an extra few minutes of sleep. Or at least I did. You know what you need. Give yourself grace.
What is the BEST thing about getting up earlier than the girls? I’m excited for them to wake up. There are days I even think…so, when are they getting up? I look forward to being able to go into their room and greet them with a hug and a kiss.
When I was getting up at the same time as them, they were met with a groggy mother. I don’t roll out of bed shouting for joy…I need a little wake-up time. I have learned to hit the ground running…but it’s not always pleasant.
Now that I’m getting up before them, it’s easier to greet them with a smile and let them know I’m happy that they are awake and that I get to spend my day with them. I’m filled with morning joy.
The little morning absence makes the heart grow fonder??
This post is from day 9 of my journey to make the most of my mornings by creating an early morning wake-up habit. Read all about it here: How to Enjoy an Early, Joyful, and Productive Morning.
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