Have you ever had mornings that go from hugs and yawns to complete chaos and meltdowns in what seems to be no time at all? There are so many reasons that this could happen any given morning but in our family it was due to a lack of a rhythm and understanding of the expectations of everyone in the house. Once we started following the things on this list, little by little a little became a lot!
1. Have a plan for the next day before you go to bed.
This is something that took me until my son was 4 to master. If you do not have a plan you will not grow the next day. You will flounder. As a homeschool teacher you also must do as a teacher does. Sad? Still time to teach. Tired? Still time to teach. Feeling a little under the weather? Still time to teach. That is not the way this works in ALL homeschool families (because every homeschool family is different) but for me, having a spirit of dedication and tenacity is what keeps me going. I'm not saying never rest, sleep is just as important as eating. However, so is exercise so for me a balance needed to be stuck.
I know that motivation is aided tremendously by momentum so if I have the ball rolling, that is where the spark of inspiration hits. For our family, it is precisely in the rhythm of the day in and day out that has helped our family the most. Through discipline of our time and whole selves, we have found freedom.
2.Wake up earlier than your kids, or at least not at the same time.
To be honest, for me this does not happen everyday but I give myself so much grace about it because of the season my daughter is in. You already know what is coming, provided you took the time to start #1 before bedtime. You know that you need to pack a lunch or not, and that you will need to finish breakfast before you leave the house or pack that too and head right out after the diaper/toy bag is packed! That being said, just 20 minutes with your tea, journal, and yourself is so impactful to the overall day. I try not to have any phone or social media time the first hour or two that I wake up on any given day. I have a small toddler so I know that it is something not everyone can do this everyday. I know it intimately well, as it feels right now that I am hitting a wall with this practice but I know ultimately that good habits are only sometimes thrown off by real life and if I invite presence into the moment with my daughter I remind myself that the days where she will sleep in, cozy knowing that she was held when she was little are numbered and she will grow no matter what I do.