I’m not a natural morning person by any means. My bed is the single best purchase we’ve ever made so staying in it is definitely a favorite thing of mine. That said, I’m a mom. I don’t exactly get that option very often, but even without that reality, I’ve discovered that getting up early doesn’t actually make my day go terribly. In fact, it makes it go so, so much better. Being able to do my morning routine for moms means I get time to myself (sacred to those of us with little people, especially when their daddy works a lot) AND I’m prepared for the day so everything runs more smoothly.
The key to this whole morning routine for moms is to do my nighttime routine the night before and then wake up BEFORE your kids. I prefer an hour, but obviously if your kids are up at 5, that’s not really practical. It lets me get the house and breakfast ready, get some quiet time in for myself, and a quick caffeine fix (or, y’know, first caffeine fix). Then, once they wake up, they can eat a healthy, filling breakfast while I have a second cup of coffee and get to actually sit and talk to my sweet babies instead of rushing around, trying to get everything ready for the day.
A Morning Routine for Moms
Wake Up EARLY
I know, it seems terrible to sacrifice an hour of sleep, but TRUST me when I say it’s so worth it. Everything goes so much smoother and everyone stays in a better mood which keeps Mama more patient throughout the day.
Take Care of You
In order to be your best mama self, you have to take care of you first! Whatever that means in the morning, do it. For me, I start my cup of coffee that I set up the night before. I sip on it while I read my devotional. My favorite is The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, since it literally only takes a couple of minutes to read every morning, so even if I wake up late, I have no excuse not to and it starts my day off right.
Get Yourself Ready
Afterwards, I take my coffee into our master bath and take a shower, put on my makeup, get dressed, etc. If you’re ready to go, you’ll be more productive because you aren’t in pj’s and all you have to do during the rest of this morning routine for moms is focus on getting your family ready to get out the door.
Prepare for Your Kids
Get their breakfast ready and on the table. On Sundays, I cook up a bunch of scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage. I cut up all our fruit that I buy and put it in Tupperware. So, when it comes to mornings, I just put some eggs, a meat, some fruit, and a piece of toast on the plate– the ONLY thing I have to cook in the morning is TOAST! How easy is that?! Plus, you look like a total Pinterest mom with zero effort.
Double check that backpacks are packed, lunches are ready to go, and shoes are where they need to be.
Wake Them Up (or Don’t)
If it’s a school morning, I generally have to wake our boys up. When I go up to get them, I spend a few minutes snuggling (afforded to me by having everything else ready to go) and then grab their clothes for the day from the closet before we go downstairs. By doing this, I save myself a trip back upstairs and can have them laid out on the couch to get dressed easily after breakfast (also saving me from sending them to school with breakfast all over their shirts).
Fed, Dressed, and Out the Door!
We don’t turn the TV on when it’s a school morning. It means no fits about when it’s time to turn it off, no distracted breakfast-eating, and it gives us a little quality time before I don’t get to see my sweet boys for 8 hours. They have a filling, good-for-them breakfast before getting dressed and heading out the door.
I wish I could explain how smoothly our mornings go when I stick to this morning routine. Because everything is ready ahead of time, it leaves time for the occasional fit from a 4 year old or a diaper explosion from a 1.5 year old. It also leaves time for tickles, snuggles, and a much more fun morning, which makes me start the day off feeling great and keeps me much more patient for the day.