Do you wake up before your children? I used to be a morning person. Until I had two very energetic little boys. Now, I need as much sleep as I can get! As a result, I’ve taken to sleeping in as late as I can, usually 15 minutes after the boys come try to drag me out of bed to get them breakfast for the fifth time. (Don’t judge. My husband’s a really good snuggler.)
This year, however, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to start waking up early again–before the kids. And not even just 15 minutes early, but a whole two hours early! Before you question my sanity (more than I already am!), at least hear out my reasons. They’re pretty good ones. And hopefully they’ll inspire you to get out of bed earlier too.
(PS. if you’re mornings are as crazy and chaotic as mine, you’ve gotta check out Make Over Your Mornings.)
4 Reasons You Need to Wake Up Before Your Children Do
1. So You Can Start Your Day Intentionally. When you wait to wake up until after your kids are up, you start the day in reactive mode. In other words, you aren’t intentionally choosing what you want and need to do; you’re just reacting to the things going on around you. You’re running around putting out fires. By waking up a little earlier, you can start your day proactively and intentionally. You choose what time you will wake up, how your morning will go and what will get done. When you start your day with intention, it’s up to you.
2. So You Can Have Some Quiet Time. I don’t know about you, but I NEED quiet time to myself in order to maintain my sanity. And with two very rambunctious little boys underfoot, quiet time is usually pretty hard to come by. If you need quiet time too, in the morning before everyone wakes up is the perfect time to get it. Enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book, use the bathroom by yourself–the world is your oyster!
3. So You Can Get Stuff Done. How frustrating is it to clean the house, only to turn around five seconds later and have everything destroyed? Even the smallest tasks take way longer than they should when you have to redo them time and time again or when you have to stop every few minutes to take care of the kids. Clean in the morning, however, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can breeze through your chores. And then, you only have routine maintenance to worry about during the day.
4. So You Can Enjoy an Un-Rushed Morning with Your Children. Whether you work outside or inside the home, it’s really easy for mornings to become rushed and chaotic. Thankfully, they don’t have to be. When you wake up early, start your day intentionally, and get your housework out of the way, you can enjoy a more peaceful and laid back morning with your family. You aren’t dragging people out of bed at the last minute, you aren’t scrambling for lost items and you aren’t trying to do a million things at once. Everything is ready to go, and you get to sit down and enjoy breakfast with your children.