Hello, my name is Jenna and I LOVE mornings. I believe that how we start our day is really important and getting started on the right foot is so helpful. I love getting up, getting ready, spending time in the word, getting a few chores done, and then waking my kids up. I like having some quiet time to wake up myself before waking my kids up.
The biggest piece of advice I have is to learn your kids. Guy hits the ground running. When he wakes up he is ready to par-tay. Maddi needs to wake up slowly. She does not like talking first thing in the morning and she doesn’t do well if I ask her a lot of questions…we are talking full on tears if she gets overwhelmed. No one wants to start the day like that.
Here is a peek at our morning routine…
- My morning starts at night…My kids get their back packs loaded and put on the back of chairs by the door. They also make sure they have a coat and shoes on the chairs as well. This cuts down on trying to wrangle any last minute items, but it also teaches them responsibility.
- Get good zzzzzz’s….People give me a shocked look when I tell them my kids go to bed at 7:30 on school nights. They are hot little messes if they don’t get enough sleep. I don’t want to send them to school for their teachers to deal with that.
- Coffee, it gets me out of bed…I set my Keurig to turn on 10 minutes before my alarm, that way it is ready as soon as I am.
- Take some quiet time for you…I read my devotional, I read the Bible, and I take time to pray. This really helps set up my day!
- Listen to something that makes you happy…I used to love watching the news before work. Now I find that I don’t like listening to all the negative so I listen to music or Rick Warren or Tony Robbins. Something uplifting and something to inspire.
- Time wise…I try to be wise with my time. I start a load of laundry so that when I get home from work I can swap it to the dryer. I unload the dishwasher that I ran the night before so I can load it with the breakfast dishes.
- Wake up time…I used to think I was being helpful by giving my kids an extra 10 minutes to sleep…NOPE! I actually wake them up about 10 minutes earlier because I know it takes them time to get moving. Guy might get up easy, but his witching hour is right before we leave when he has to put his coat and shoes on (see first tip)…homeboy gets side tracked.
- No tablets…My kids can turn the TV on but I don’t let them have tablets in the morning. I also make them shut the TV off 15 minutes before we leave so they can start rounding things up.
- Have things easy to reach…Like I said before, backpacks, coats, shoes, lunch boxes, are all packed and ready to go. They are all easily accessible for both kids and in a central location so we are not running around getting last minute things.
Now, these tips are not fool-proof. Pretty much once or twice a week we leave something important at home…like a basketball bag for practice, or a lunch box (sorry kids your eating hot lunch) but it does help to plan and prep so much at night. How do you get your kids out the door to school happy? I would love to hear your tips!
You can also see our After School Routine here.