Productive Morning Routine Ideas for Homeschooling Moms
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Whether you’re a homeschooling mom to one child or several children, you know how taxing it can be. Our kids require so much of our time that it’s important to make sure you start your morning routine off with order and productivity.
Morning Routine While Working Outside the Home
I wasn’t always in a place where I would wake up wanting to feel and look refreshed before starting my day.
For some time, I worked outside the home, so I experienced the early morning wakings when I had no choice in doing so.
I had to wake my boys up to make sure they got ready for school drop-off and had their bags packed along with their school lunches.
Morning Routine When I Became a Stay-At-Home Mom
Once I was home full-time, nothing was better than walking around in my pajamas all day. Don’t get me wrong – there are some days when I’m still okay with walking around in my pajamas, especially if it’s raining and cold.
But, the hum-drum feeling of waking up at 6:00 was no longer taking over me, and even sleeping in was the best feeling in the world.
There were also times when I was going through the motions and could care less about how I looked, especially during postpartum.
I may have brushed my hair, but that was all.
My husband would come home to the same me he left home for (if I was awake when he left).
Adjusting to Life Changes
Having twins truly changed my life in more ways than one.
After experiencing the worst sleep deprivation in my lifetime, I was eager to get my life back. I wanted to improve my well-being and take better care of myself. That meant starting a morning routine was what I needed to make it happen.
In 2021, my husband took a leap of faith and retired from his corporate job to be a stay-at-home dad.
While that was quite an adjustment to having him home full-time, it has been a wonderful experience. After a while, I started feeling bad about walking around unkempt all day while he was home.
He made sure he kept up with himself, so why shouldn’t I do the same?
I also hated when I had to answer the door to accept a package while looking my worst.
Have you done that? So embarrassing!
It was time for a change.
While it isn’t only about how I look, it’s also about the things I do that give me a sense of calm and order to my day.
Now, this certainly doesn’t mean that my day will run smoothly, but starting it off with the right state of mind and a good mood makes it all the better.
These 9 morning routine tips have improved how I start my days:
1. Drink water. Have some water near your bed to remind yourself that you need to drink when you wake up.
Once I hydrate, I already start to feel refreshed. It is sure to give your brain and body a jump start.Make your bed. Even if your toddlers come in and destroy it, just try. There’s also nothing like getting into a made-up bed at night.
2. Take a quick shower/wash up, brush your hair, change into clean clothes, and do some skincare. This gets me going in the morning, and it doesn’t have to take long to get ready.
3. Pray. Prayer is my way of showing thanks for seeing another day. I can make requests for a productive day, and I can do a better job as a wife and mother than I did the day before.
It puts me in a head space to know that I will be tested today and to be on guard for those situations.
4. Open your blinds. The sunlight peering through the blinds gives me an extra boost in the mornings.
5. Think. Just stop and think (without distractions).
Do you have any important things to take care of today or tomorrow? What are your plans for school? Write them down or put them in your phone for reminders.
What struggles did you have with the kids yesterday, and how will you prepare to respond to those struggles today?
6. Stretch/Exercise. I’ve done both and both can improve your energy levels.
7. Tidy up. Do you like a clean kitchen? I sure do. I’m not always in the mood to have a fully-cleaned kitchen before bed, so I’ll end up doing that in the morning.
Clearing my sink, mopping, and getting organized around the house makes me feel prepared to start school for the day.
8. Spend time with your family. It’s easy to get busy and fall into a trap where you’re too busy to engage with your children, but this is what being home is all about, right?
Ten minutes on the floor playing with your younger children does so much for everyone’s stimulation.
If you have older children, a read-aloud is a great way to connect with them.
One of my favorites is A Cricket in Times Square.
I like Pam Barnhill’s routine of morning basket in her routine with her children.
I’ll admit, the hard part about having a morning routine is getting started. So I suggest starting with simple habits and adding more over time.
Also, make it enjoyable so you have something to look forward to. Your routine shouldn’t be mundane and unproductive.
That defeats the whole purpose.
Make it a daily commitment and find an accountability partner who will encourage you if you begin to fall short.
Celebrate small wins and progress. Remember that this is a mindset shift too, so it will take time to adjust to the new routine.
The best feeling will be when you notice that your routine is a habit and you’re noticing positive progression toward having more energy and improved mental health. It’s a start to a better, new, and improved mommy.
What are some things you do to start your mornings?