Wednesday, April 9

Works-for-me Wednesday

Good morning! Here we go with something that Works For Me, courtesy of Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer.

This is more for stay-at-home moms with younger kids, or for homeschooling moms. Do you have trouble getting your mornings started? I used to really struggle with this. I'd get up when my kids started hollering that they were hungry and demanded breakfast woke me up, so as soon as I rolled out of bed, I was 'on.' I hate that feeling. I am the most morningest of all morning persons you will ever meet. I just LOVE mornings!! And with three kids under six, I also like to have at least 27 seconds to myself before I switch into 'mom mode.' So here's a little secret that works for me.

I view being a mom as having a job. Sounds silly, but changing the way you think about something can change the way you do something. If I had a real job, I would have to be dressed and be to work on time, so why not look at my life in the same way? I started this a few years back, when I was getting up with John before he went to work. He'd have to be up (with his clothes ironed-my job) at 6:30 to be at work at 7:30 on days that he works mornings, and my kids are almost always up by the time he leaves. So I started setting my alarm for 5:30 every morning. I snooze a few times, but I'm almost always up by 6. You should try it! You don't have to be up that early, just whatever time is good for you. Make yourself a cup of tea, or coffee, and have a quick bite to eat. I sit down with my Bible for about 20 minutes, sometimes more, sometimes less, and have some quiet, peaceful time by myself.

I always eat before my kids are up, unless I'm going to make a big breakfast when John is home, like pancakes, quiche, bacon and eggs with toast (are we seeing a theme? I have seven hens that lay eggs, so we eat a lot of eggs around here!). If I do that, then I'll usually just have a banana or something. While the kids are eating, I read from Proverbs (a chapter each morning) and we work on our memory verse for the week.

When I'm up before everyone else, even if it's only 10 minutes before the kids come downstairs, everyone's day seems to go smoother. It's a small thing to do that makes such a big difference. You should give it a try!

That's what works for me. What works for you? Do you have any special morning routines? How do you start your day?

7 comments:

Child of the King! said...

Hello~

Came across your blog through "Rockinmydryer"...first I read the reading hints,VERY encouraging as I'm a bit concerned in this area (TY for sharing this helpful info)
Then I went to this blog from there and I have read your entry from today..you were right on, if I'm not out of bed before everyone else, it's really hard to stay ahead the rest of the day!

As a SAHM and p/t homeschooler I need a routine without,it I tend to lose focus of goals and the fact that allot needs to be done around here!

TY again~ enjoyed and we add you to my "sisterhood" links!

Dawn :0)

texastanya said...

Great tip. The hardest part for me is getting to bed at a decent hour the night before... ugh.

Holly said...

Hey Brea. I'm really not good in this area - but I think you're right to view it as a job. It IS a job!

I'm so sorry that you've had illness at your house! Are your children better now?

Andi said...

Wow. I so need to hear this today. God's been pulling my heartstrings about waking up earlier to spend time with Him.

I'm not a SAHM, I'm a working full-time mom, but I still struggle in the mornings with a Monkey that wakes up at 6:30 every morning. Like Texas Tanya, I have really hard time being disciplined the night before about going to bed early enough.

Jeni said...

Oh, man, I know, I KNOW this would help me get started on the right foot...but it's so hard!!

I've been struggling to find a routine as a SAHM, and I think this is the first step. I'm going to do it! Tomorrow morning!

Amy said...

Thanks for the reminder. I know this is good for me, but some days, okay, most days, it's just so hard to get out of bed.

jesnicole said...

GOOD TIPS, BREA. HOPE YOU'RE DOING WELL! :)