So there was this one time I got up at 5 a.m. and went to an amusement park where everyone was wearing these weird hats with black circles on top and smiling people were right next to scowling people and the workers were all dressed in costumes and I ate like four churros and rode three roller coasters in two hours.
It was magical.
And yes. It was Disneyland.
Disneyland has this awful, but painfully true idea that parents want to get up an extra hour early to get in three different lines for their magic morning. First line is bag check. Second line is ticket check. Third line is Peter Pan.
And once you get off that ride, you are suddenly filled with a sense of pride, like, “Wow, I did it. I got up early and was twentieth in line for Peter Pan. I am AWESOME.”
With Peter Pan out of the way, you’re free to hit up the rest of Fantasy Land or line up for the “big” rides.
The truth is, we all need magic mornings–quiet alone time–to function as parents.
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Establishing a Morning Routine for Parents
My day goes much differently when I wake up an hour or two earlier than the kids and get my tush in gear. I am able to make a plan for the day and feel more energetic. The kids respond better to happy, energetic mommy than a tired, please-leave-me-alone mommy. For you nerds out there:
less whining = happier momma
happier momma → more fun during the day → more time alone
I am just as tired (or less tired) than I would be if I had slept in. I also don’t get woken up with an elbow and knee in my stomach. (The kids call that “cuddling.”)
So get this:
A mom who gets up before her kids is a happier mom and is better able to pay attention to her kids. A kid who has received attention (breakfast on time, help with getting ready, talking together) on a regular-basis is less whiney overall, which leads to a peaceful time for you! It seems counterintuitive, but try it for a week and you’ll start to see a difference.
What does a Magic Morning look like for you?
Magic mornings are different for everyone. I find that when I combine my magic morning with these three elements, life just seems better:
My “perfect” morning routine usually looks something like this:
5:00 a.m. – Personal Studies: prayer and scripture study (with plenty of time for using the bathroom and chilling)
5:45 a.m. – Shower and get ready the most I want. Usually that’s just making sure I’m all clean, hair is brushed, contacts are in, mmmmmaybe a little make-up. If you like to get more ready for the day, that’s great!
6:15 a.m. – Schedule day with plenty of time between tasks, as well as flexible time. Don’t forget time with the kids! I like to use a block schedule. Check out Domestic Ninja (not an affiliate link) for ideas on how to schedule your day.
6:45 a.m. – Talk to my favorite peeps a.k.a. you guys!
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast, medicine/vitamins, get girls ready
And voila! Happier mom, happier kids… stuff is getting done!
Remember this for best morning routines:
Magic mornings can’t come with late night sleeping. How the hay are you supposed to function on three hours of sleep?
Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night in order for magic mornings to really work. If you have trouble sleeping, consult your doctor.
I used to deal with daily insomnia because I couldn’t stop thinking of tomorrow. I tried medicine, but it left me too drowsy. I tried lavender, baths, no screen time and bedtime rituals, etc… Nothing!
Everyone is different. What helped me was getting a hypnotherapy app (no affiliation) that feels more like a guided meditation. After two weeks of doing this, my body just went POOF! Now within 10 minutes, I am OUT. This has been a total game changer for my morning routine.
Other fantastic morning routine ideas!
- Writing in a journal
- Exercising and stretching
- Long hygiene prep, like face/hair/lip masks, extra shaving, body exfoliation, etc…
- Make spouse lunch because you love them!
- Hot chocolate and reading
I recommend that you DO NOT:
- Check ANY social media or Pinterest
- Check email or texts or voicemails
- Make loud noises that will wake up the kids. (Even light switches can make a loud noise! Put out clanky things the night before.)
What would be a part of your magic morning? Answer in the comments below!