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#1 Wake up 15 minutes before the kids + set up your alarm
Waking up before the kids, has been life changing for me. Giving myself 15 extra minutes in the morning really helps me to wake up, gather my self & have some quiet time in prayer. I like to pick out my clothes the night before, so I have a good clue as to what I am going to grab and put on that morning. I get dressed, grab a cup of coffee and I sit on my favorite chair, looking out the window, contemplating on the day ahead of me.
So much of this life is rushing about and doing a million things, quiet times seem to fade more and more as we pack our schedules with activities, and all those daily to-do’s. As a busy mom, I would love to encourage you, to take some time for yourself, quiet time, alone time – and do something that you love for yourself. 15 minutes a day is not that much – but its such a great investment.
#2 make mornings calm
I recently read a blog post on the calming effects a song can have in reducing anxiety. This particular song mentioned, can reduce anxiety by up to 65%, click here to listen. I am no neurologist and I certainly do not have the right qualifications to recommend something that will reduce your stress, or the stress your kiddos suffer in the mornings…BUT, I can share with you what has worked for me.
As a mom of a very sensitive child, I am very aware of things/situations that triggers my child. I am learning, thru trial an error, what works best to create a peaceful & stress free morning for her. One huge win for us of has been music. I play calm, soft, worship music in the mornings when they wake up. I feel like it helps to awaken their little minds and just establishes a morning routine that is filled with tranquility and not chaos. Give it a try, see how your kiddos react to some music.
If I am stressed, they are stressed. Kids pick up on our cues- they know when mom is sad, or angry or anxious, they learn to read us from a very young age – after all we are whom they model themselves after -whether we like it or not. So it should come as no surprise to hear me say – that you as a parent, need to set an example of what a peaceful morning looks like. Perhaps, it means that you have to be better prepared for your mornings -that you might need a little extra you time or that you may need to get more done and prepped the night before. Set yourself up for a peaceful morning and your kids will follow your lead. No pressure right ;)
#3 Let the kids know what is expected of them. +free printable
I have this cute printable hanging around in the kitchen in the mornings. Its a daily reminder for the kids of what I expect from them. My son gets up and reads the checklist, every . morning. Yes the same list, the one that I haven’t changed. LOL!!
He reads what he is suppose to do and he goes and does it. We have all been created so different, for some reason, this checklist works for him. It has been one of the most amazing things to witness. He is owing up to his responsibilities, I don’t have to ask him to do them over and over. I simply remind him to go see what is next on the list and he does it.
His reward is free time on my phone or watching morning cartoons. We have also talked about earning screen time on Fridays, after school…and it has all worked great for him. To see him so motivated, doing what he is suppose to be doing, is pretty amazing. He gets excited about choosing his own snacks – I mean as a mom, that is such a major win. Its something else that I don’t have to do; and I get to see my kids doing things for themselves…. without complaining. I am blown away by how they have thrived by having a structured routine.
#4 Set alarms for the kids + per checklist item
I have to say, I am really impressed with Alexa. Not only can I set her to play songs (with voice command); but I have also been able to set 6 alarms that go off and keeps us on track in the mornings. Alexa has helped the kids stick to their routine times – when they hear the alarm, they are made aware that time has come to move on to the next task.
I have a teacher friend who has set a play list to help her kids know how long they have on their stations. How cool would it be to have songs playing while the kids get things done in the mornings.
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#5 Reward your kids for their accomplishments
We have a daily reward and a weekly reward for accomplishing the morning tasks on time.
Our daily reward is = free time. The faster the kids accomplish their tasks, the longer their free time is in the mornings. Free time includes, playing on iPads, my iPhone or watching cartoons.
We also have rewards at the end of the week. The kids earn screen time for Friday afternoons, if they are able to get a star every weekday morning. Because each kid is so different, you will have to set rewards according to what they like and what will motivate them.
I hope these tips help get your mornings organized and stress free. What are some hacks that have worked for your mornings. I would love to know in the comment below please. For more inspiration, check out our : ESTABLISHING AFTER SCHOOL ROUTINES WITH YOUR KIDS.
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My biggest issue is waking up before my kids. I’m SO not a morning person.
I get it, I am not a morning person either, its been a challenge, but the sacrifice has been worth it.
Great tips! School mornings can be so stressful, especially at first.
yes, that first month, morning routines can be so chaotic, but these have helped so much, hope they can help you too!
I love these tips! I really need to make an effort to get up before the kids this year and also get more prepared the night before. Thanks for the reminders!
I am so glad that you love these tips. Making that small effort of getting up has been life changing for me! you are so welcome! thank you!
These tips are fantastic. They’re even helpful for me, a non-mom :).
How cool, I am so glad to hear that you found them useful!! woo hoo!!
What great tips! I’m definitely going to use them for our morning routine!
I am so glad that you think that they are great and that you will be using them for your morning routines! yay!
Love this! I will definitely be utilizing the
to-do list for all of my babes. Such a great idea!
Thank you Laura – I am glad that the list will be used. I am so glad that it helps!
Thank you for all the great ideas! Mornings are a mess in this household!
I am glad that you like all of the ideas. I hope that they can help ya out a little bit!
Great ideas!!!! Thanks! I’m so going to print off your check list!
oh yay!! so glad that you are printing the checklist, I hope that it helps!!
It is always a scramble in the morning getting the kids ready for school and on the bus. It would definitely help to be up earlier and have some time set aside for myself to get ready. Thanks for the tips!
I completely understand, that was us, scrambling all of last year. I hope this can change something for you and your family! :) good luck!!
Thanks Mel. I’ll be implementing some of you tips to help my girls transition from summer schedule to school schedule. I also really love that you mentioned taking time… mom time, for yourself.
Jeanne, awesome. I am so glad to hear that you will be implementing some of these ideas with your girls. I hope that they work for you and your family. and YES us moms need that self care time!!
It does help our mornings go better if I am up and ready before the kids. It rarely happens becuase my son wakes up with the sun.
I love the idea of waking them up with calming, positive music! That sounds like it would set my day off on the right foot, so I bet it would set theirs off correctly too!
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