Starting Your Day Off on the Right Foot
How does a typical morning start for you? Over the years, I discovered the secret to starting my day off on the right foot. I get up at least an hour before my children get up. Some mornings, I get up two hours before my children. This allows me to do my morning routine and have a little quiet time before the children are up and need my attention. Of course, when I had babies and toddlers in the house, I did not get up that much earlier that they did. In those years, I tried to get up 15 minutes before they did. This gave me time to go to the bathroom and have a cup of coffee. Most of us have had the experience of barely being able to go to the bathroom alone once we have children, and it’s nice to not have little ones banging on the bathroom door or sticking their hands under the door. Now, I do have to go to bed at a decent hour if I want to get up before the children get up. If I am staying up until midnight, it is harder to get up before the children get up.
What do I do with my early morning time before the children get up? My morning routine is important to me. I like to have time to eat my breakfast and drink my coffee and have my quiet time. Then, I will do some exercising. Exercise DVD’s and online videos are awesome for early morning workouts. Having a treadmill or elliptical machine in the basement or garage also makes a great way to work out before the children are out of bed. After I exercise, I get my shower and start a load of laundry. Then, it’s time to wake the children up and start their breakfast. Then we are all ready to start school after their morning routine and breakfast time.
While I have used this schedule for our homeschool, it is also applicable for those who work outside of the home and have children to get ready for school. By starting the night before with laying out clothes and putting things needed near the front door, you can have a smoother exit from the house. You will
also want to get up before your children, but you might only get up 30 minutes to an hour before them to get your morning routine accomplished before you get them out of bed.
This routine has made my mornings start off so much more peacefully, and it is worth going to bed earlier at night to have my smooth morning routine.
To Dream The Impossible Dream of An Organized Home Does the idea of organizing and cleaning your home seem like an impossible dream? Homeschooling mother of six Tami Fox shares how she uses routines in her home to make it a haven for her family. She’s taught her children these routines, so they’ll be able to take their wings and fly into life as prepared adults. She shares positive methods for organizing and cleaning. Tami wants to help you give your children wings, so they can FLY, too!
Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 24 to 8. She and her husband have homeschooled for 15 years and have graduated two of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 4 boys who are in grades 10, 8, 6, and 3. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool writer and conference speaker. You can contact her through her blog TamiFox.com or by email at Tami@TamiFox.com.
Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure