This post sharing our family morning routine in sponsored by Tom’s of Maine. #NatureUp
I love getting a look at how others manage their time, schedules and especially the day-to-day… and even more with a large family. If you’ve been reading here for awhile you know that I’m big on routines, like when I shared this post 7 Steps that Will Radically Change Your Mornings, knowing that a good family morning routine can really set you up for a successful day.
Even though our schedules actually change almost on the daily, we try to keep our mornings fairly consistent and even those times we veer off for a bit, we always make our way back… because there’s just something about a solid family morning routine to start the day! We even have the ultimate morning routine worksheet to really make yours work for you!
I’m not the only one who thinks mornings are important, in fact, research shows that the first 2-3 hours of our day are the most powerful since our natural morning cortisol surge gives us a shot of extra energy first thing. When we capitalize on that as a start for our day, it helps us to continue making good choices throughout the day as well!
So, today I’m sharing a little look at our mornings and the behind-the-scenes breakdown of how our AM typically goes. And of course, Chris and I take turns with different morning appointments or meetings that come up, travel, and changes in sleep schedule do effect our schedules, but this is just what a normal morning at home looks like.
Now, I truly believe that a good morning routine actually begins the night before, but oh, you guys, that’s opening up a whole different can of worms and would be too much for one post.
Well, let’s get to it shall we?!
OUR FAMILY MORNING ROUTINE
Okay, so I’m going to be completely transparent here, I’m the total advocate for a great morning routine (just see all of the paragraphs above), and you guys, I’m still finding that perfect number for me. My wake up time fluctuates, usually by the workload I have on my plate at the time. For awhile, I was getting up EARLY (like somewhere between 4am and 5:30am) on random days that I had a really large list of deadlines to get a headstart while the family still slept.
While I still have this option and liked its effectiveness, I’ve just recently been setting my goal at 7-8 hours of sleep a night to focus more on self care (and especially now that Aria is finally sleeping through the night, when we’re not traveling that is). With this change, it means my wake-up time is slightly adjusted as well, since I can’t get to bed at 7pm. Though some days I wouldn’t mind!! #oldsoul
I’ve been experimenting and so far it seems like the best compromise for me is somewhere around 6am to get a slight head start on the day.
I take this time to wake up at a slower pace, wash my face, stretch or light exercise, read, get my vitamins and brew some coffee, etc.
Aria is usually the first up of our kids and if left to wake on her own, it ranges from 6am to 7am. Now, if it’s earlier and I’m still in bed, sometimes she’ll curl up with me and fall back asleep… making it really hard for any of us to get up!
We’re working to get all the kids woken by around this time and they usually like to come to the living room to slowly stretch themselves fully awake in the comfort of blankets.
Then we get to the tasks at hand. We’ve started a morning chore of emptying the dishwasher from the night before, and if for some reason we don’t get to the dishes at night (it happens), then we wash and dry together while making breakfast. And by we, I mean the kids. 😉 Typically, I’ll get a load of laundry started at this time as well; we’ve totally found that keeping up with a load each day keeps us from having a mountain of it on the weekends!
Around this time we’re all hungry and grumbly and ready to eat. A morning meal planner has changed our life and made breakfast time SO much easier. We usually try to get a breakfast of eggs in the rotation (Aria and Skylar love eggs!), but my kids also eat up oatmeal, smoothies, cereal and fruit with yogurt.
While Skylar is in preschool this year nearby, Aliyah and Brayden are homeschooling this year and in it we started reading the book The Ology. We’ve actually liked reading it as a family and now Chris usually reads one of the short chapters at the table so we all get a chance to talk about it (and a host of so many other things!) together.
Just like at dinner time, everyone pitches in to cleanup after a meal. Since our home is our office and school room (to half our kids anyway), we don’t want to go into the day with a mess, so cleanup happens quickly before we finish getting ready for the day.
Our kids are all (with the exception of Aria) really great about getting themselves dressed in the morning. It’s the hair and teeth brushing part we’re still working on… they do it, but usually it’s once I remind them that it’s part of getting ready EVERY morning.
Currently we’re trying a checklist on our chalkboard, so we’ll see if that helps a bit!
We’ve also been making simple changes to our days to create an even bigger impact in our life. Tom’s of Maine is a brand that we’ve used and trusted for a long time now, but we’re making more conscious decisions to go natural in our personal care routines, which is just what their #NatureUp campaign is all about… helping busy families round out their wellness routine.
The kids are loving using the Silly Strawberry and the Outrageous Orange Mango flavors of toothepaste, and Chris and I have been using the deodorants (especially when we travel, so easy to pack!). We also just started our two older kids on their deodorant for children… it’s a good time for them to learn to add that into their morning personal routine.
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About this time, we’ve already headed out the door if we’re walking Skylar to school, or we’re yelling for someone to find their shoe! Depending on how we’ve scheduled our day for meetings, etc. Chris and I will take turns taking Skylar to school and working from home to get the older ones started on their day of schooling.
When we’re up on time and not running behind, the mornings can be some of the sweetest times with family. Kids are all fresh and lively and ready for the day… and if mama get’s off to a good start with her own routine and not feeling behind, we just all feed off of each other for a deliciously energetic time together.