This week we have gotten a nice little preview of Spring, just in time for t-ball to begin. Since enrolling the kids in school, we have been forced into having a steady morning routine. They have been in school roughly a year now, give or take, and I realize more than ever just how badly we needed more structure, even as a family. The initial week was really tough on everyone, getting into the actual swing of attending school versus just staying at my grandmother’s, but after a year of having a good solid routine, I would say we finally have our shit together. Despite our occasional meltdown in the morning (see also: Sophia managing to completely demolish what was her room, only to find her naked and without a pull-up, drenched in pee) from the moment I open their bedroom doors, I think we manage pretty well and make it out the door in ample amount of time to make it to school without anyone “losing their shit.” Most days, that is 😉
In order to effectively get out the door in the mornings (meaning dressed, teeth brushed, hair combed, everyone wearing matching shoes, and on time) this is what our regular routine looks like:
I’m not even going to lie — we wake up at the last possible second in order for all of us to make it out the door, on time, which also means that we have zero room for shenanigans. Sadly, this doesn’t fool-proof our routine and sets us up for a lot of false hope that we will get through our routine without any problems arising, but hey, SLEEP! I take full responsibility for this, but that extra five minutes of sleep is honestly way too good to pass up especially after I’ve gotten up a thousand times during the night 😉
I usually get up around 7:30-7:45. I always make my bed as soon as my feet hit the floor because I feel like that really sets the tone for the rest of the day and then I immediately dive head first into a cup of coffee, while I am getting dressed, washing my hair, etc. Usually around the time that I am done washing my hair, Jaxon is waking up. I turn on some cartoons, so that after Jaxon finishes getting dressed, he can wait for his sister and I to finish getting ready, too. Sometimes, I get the tablet out and let him play a few educational apps before heading out the door.
I usually shower at night before, so I cut out having to shower in the morning and typically just wash my hair in our kitchen sink. My morning routine is very simple: wash my face (jojoba oil + Frankincense), wash and dry hair & mascara! Done! 😉
Once Jaxon is dressed and for the most part ready to go, I wake up Sophia. It’s usually upon opening her bedroom door that I know the tone that has been set for the rest of the day. And what I mean by that is it’s typically a 50/50 chance that I will either open her door and find her asleep with no mess or find her to be losing at really intense game of Jumanji and her entire room flipped upside down. Most days, it’s the latter. So, after giving it our best shot on putting everything back in its place in five seconds flat to refrain from being late, I can finally get her dressed, teeth and hair brushed and start the search for everyone’s matching pair of shoes!
I always, always, always lay everyone’s outfits out the night before, this is an absolute MUST for us being semi-on time each morning. Granted, that Sophia doesn’t decide to dress herself in the middle of the night and ruin her clothes in the process, this tends to work out very well for keeping us on time in the morning. Everyone is usually already stalling hard in the mornings and I swear it’s like everything’s in slow motion around our house. It drives me up the walls at how my children immediately become sloth-like the moment they find out we are even a second off schedule. I get them both dressed, we hunt all over the house for what they are going to bring in the car on the way, scour for their lost cups of milk from the night before (FYI — finding lost sippy cups that are still filled with curdle milk are the worst!!!!!) & I tell everyone another ten times to get their shoes on! We do hair, we grab backpacks, scramble to find “show & tell” goodies, make sure everyone has their shoes on finally & head out the door!
On good days, we arrive at school around 845, on bad days, its usually closer to 9. I check them both into the computer system and walk each of them to their class. The excitement of all their little friends to see them each morning is priceless. It makes my heart so full to see their little faces light up when they hear their friends call their name! Jaxon! Sophia!
Once I drop them off, I head to work for the rest of the day. In the afternoons, before I pick them up — I take care of any forgotten errands, shop for dinner items at grocery store, tan, etc… The best part of any day is picking my babies up after a long day. It’s so fun to see them in their classrooms, interacting with their friends. The icing on the cake is having them come running across the room when the teacher, or a friend, tells them “mommys here!” All their little art work and projects for the day, ahhh! Being a mother is the best. I freaking love them so much it hurts! 🙂
Trying to establish a morning routine for your children that actually works may seem like a lot of effort, but the way in which our mornings flow these days has made the effort well worth it. While we still have our off-days where our entire routine derails off the track, our mornings are usually a whole lot calmer and now set the pace for a beautiful day ahead.
Essential Oil Recipes from this post:
- Wake Up: 3 drops Peppermint + 3 drops Grapefruit. Diffuse.
- Tantrum Tamer: 4 drops Lavender + 2 drops of Cedarwood + 2 drops Orange + 1 drop Ylang Ylang in a rollerball and fill rest of way up with carrier oil.
- Happy Mama: 10 drops Peace & Calming + 10 drops Joy + 10 drops Ylang Ylang + 10 drops Orange in a rollerball and fill rest of the way with carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil. Go crazy rolling yourself with this blend! You’ll thank me later 😉
- Mood Boost: 2 drops Lavender + 2 drops Orange + 2 drops Ylang Ylang. Diffuse.
If you would like more tips and tricks on how to establish a morning routine with your children, read here.
Do you have a morning routine with your children? We would love to hear any tips or tricks to keeping things on track!