I like me a little peace and quiet – not so conducive to life with young children.
I’m learning that if I am going to have a good day, I need to get up before the kids. There are a couple of reasons for this.
Getting up before the kids mean they are not what’s waking me up.
See, this kid-raising thing is proving to be a wee bit tiring (ha!). And I like my cozy bed. And if I stay in my cozy bed until one of those sweet munchkins starts to call for me, or shows up beside me saying “Mama! It’s time to wake up!” then I resent that they are the reason I’m getting up. Starting the day off resenting my kids? Not a good thing. Getting up before them means that when they wake up I can go to them and greet them with a smile on my face, rather than rolling over in bed and groaning when they come to me.
Getting up before the kids ensures that I have some quiet time.
And I need quiet time.
On an ideal morning, I’m up an hour or so before everyone else. I have a cup of coffee. I spend some time with my Bible and journal in prayer. Then I’m ready to open up the calendar and make a plan for the day. Depending on how much time I have before they wake up I aim to have myself dressed and ready for the day, and try to tackle one or two tasks that are trickier when they’re up (like switching over a load of laundry or tidying a room).
This allows me to feel calm and prepared for my day – which sets us up for success!
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