First of all, my morning routine is why I’m successful. It’s why I’m able to function at higher levels, create content every single day, and not lose my freaking mind.
When I was working full time, it was why I was able to workout at 3am and balance a family and a career and life (albeit not all that well because I was still miserable, but you get the picture).
Morning routines set the stage for the rest of the day. All of the most successful people in the world practice some form of morning ritual, most likely including some combo of the following:
These are the key players in any solid morning routine, and if you don’t have one set in place yet, you’re doing yourself and others a massive disservice.
Okay, enough on that.
I’ll hop off my soapbox now and actually tell you HOW to slay your morning routine even when you have kids running around like little crazy people.
Wake up early - My first tip is for you to wake up before your kiddos. That’s the easiest way to get in a morning routine without them being around. Wake up a little earlier to start your day with some peace and quiet before the crazy happens. This is going to be your easiest and best bet, girl.
But what if you oversleep or your just don’t want to wake up earlier?
First of all, if you’re not willing to make the sacrifice to wake up a little earlier, you forfeit the right to complain about your routine being disrupted. Just sayin’. But on those days when your kids just won’t sleep in, here’s what I suggest:
Let them occupy themselves for a bit - There is no shame in my iPad-mom game. Some days my 5 year old wakes up before the sun and momma just ain’t having it. So I’ll let her watch some of her favorite little shows on Youtube for a bit, or turn on Netflix and let her catch up on her little shows. There is absolutely nothing wrong (in my opinion) with letting your kids have some screen time. Obviously monitor it so it doesn’t get crazy, but you deserve peace and sanity too, momma! And sometimes that means the kids get the iPad. Such is life.
Have a conversation with them - If you have older kids, tell them what’s going on. Explain to them that you need your time to get woken up so that you can be the best mom for them that day. My daughter is 5 and this works like a charm. She gets it. She knows momma is a whole lot nicer when she has her “me time”. So she knows to give me that space and that it’ll ultimately benefit both of us throughout the course of the day.
Give yourself permission - As moms it’s so easy to put ourselves on the back burner, especially when the kids are up and around. Our brains immediately go into mom mode because we feel NEEDED. Well, guess what. Your kids aren’t the only ones who need your time and attention - you need it too! And you deserve it! And taking it will allow you to better serve them. So don’t fall into the guilt trap, momma. Give yourself grace and take that time for yourself.