I Know Your A Busy Mom. So How Do You Start Your Morning?
Get a sneak peek at how I spend the first 90 minutes of my morning.
I get myself going each morning with sun salutations and a green smoothie before I head out for a 30 minute sunrise walk.
This particular smoothie is made with coconut milk, 1 scoop of veganique, spinach, fresh pineapple and frozen banana. I make enough so Tyler has some too – he likes to call these Shrek Smoothies and understands his smoothies are a good source of protein and fiber to help his body and mind get energized in the morning.
Tyler’s Typical Morning Routine
In the video I provided an example of Tyler’s AM routine to give you an idea of how simple a routine can be for your children as well.
Wake up: 8:00 am
Breakfast: 8:10- we eat together at the kitchen table and talk about the upcoming events for the day and/or week.
Get ready for school: 8:35
(brush teeth, get dressed – his clothes are laid out the night before after he takes a shower - fix hair, shoes, AM checklist and backpack)
Drive to school 8:50
Arrive at 9:00 am and Tyler always has a smile on his face.
Simple and to the point.
Tyler’s “Making My Morning Marvelous” checklist is a great way for him to participate and take control of how his mornings go. He can earn rewards for staying on track – which he saves up for book store money or Friday morning cartoon time.
Ready to Get Started on Creating YOUR Morning Routine?
– Keep a Time Log
You 1st must know how much time you have and how long your morning tasks take. If you do not have this information it will be impossible to create a successful routine. Jot down all the details from the moment you wake up, your kids wake up, breakfast prep, eating, getting dressed, time wasters, etc.
- Plan Ahead
Yes the “P” word. Funny how this keeps popping up ; )
This entails getting things ready the night before, from laying out clothes, important papers, food prep and even Telling Your Children what to expect. Remind them before they go to bed and remind them right when they wake up. Over estimate tasks that are known for having hiccups this way you build in extra time.
- Be Realistic
Allow for some flexibility and What If’s
No matter how beautiful your morning routine, life happens. There will always be something – however because you and your children have started the day off right you are all more capable of handling any type of AM speed bump without a melt down.
Plus when you work some extra cushion into your morning routine, this becomes a possible incentive for your children. For example, if breakfast has been a bit too drawn out – allow for this but then offer the reward of getting to Play before leaving for school IF and Only If breakfast is finished.
Routine Planning Tip:
You can make creating a routine more manageable and fun by getting your children involved. Anytime they take ownership in helping to create something, they will take it to heart when it must be implemented.
Now what do you do?
~ Share this routine with your family
~ Explain the benefits
~ Post it where everyone can see it
~ Refer to it often
~ Stick To IT! Consistency is a MUST
If you want this to work and work like magic you must follow through day in and day out.
After watching the video…
What Morning Strategies/Systems Did You See That We Have in Place?
Leave your comment on what you see in our video …
Later this week, Tyler will help draw names to see who will win a copy of his co-authored ebook “Lunch Box Makeover Kit”