Ever since I became a stay-at-home mom 5 years ago, I’ve enjoyed the luxury of ditching my alarm clock on most mornings. I set my alarm for church or other special events, but most of the time I wake up when Grace crawls into bed with me or when I hear Noah calling for me.
Every expert under the sun says that waking up before your children is the key to starting your day off right. Clearly I’m not doing things right, but I’m a night owl. 100%.
Well it is time for things to change because this night owl needs to get her little girl to preschool two days a week. Take a look at my cutie on her first day. I can’t even handle it!
10 Helpful Morning Routines from a Night Owl
1. Pick out school clothes the night before.
2. Check the backpack the night before.
3. Double check the school calendar to make sure I’m not forgetting show & tell or anything else important.
4. Wake up before the kids and shower. - I’ve been avoiding this system for years, but getting myself ready and dressed before the kids is much easier than trying to do both at the same time.
5. Pick a pleasant sound/song to wake up to on my alarm. - I use my cellphone as my alarm clock, which means I can control what noise wakes me up. It is much nicer to wake up to a gentle harp sound rather than the BEEP-BEEP-BEEP a traditional alarm clock.
6. Drink water. - Every morning I try to drink a glass of water before I drink any coffee. I haven’t read any studies on this, but it just makes sense that my body’s need for water is probably much greater than my desire for coffee.
7. Drink coffee. - I never used to be a daily coffee drinker, but then Noah was born. Now I delight in my morning ritual. Sadly, it has also become a necessity. I’ll get a headache by lunch time if I skip the caffeine.
8. Let Noah sleep! - I don’t see the point in waking up my toddler until it is absolutely necessary. If we are going straight home after dropping off Grace then we can skip getting dressed and eating breakfast if we have to and do it when we get home.
9. Pick a preschool with curbside pickup and drop off. - This might not be possible for everyone, but I love the fact that I don’t need to get Noah out of the car when I drop off Grace. It makes it possible for me to keep him (and me if necessary!) in PJs until we get back home.
10. Go to bed earlier. - I really hate doing this. It is incredibly difficult for me to deny myself the pleasure of a quiet house. Incredibly difficult. If you have tips for this, please let me know!
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If you are a fellow night owl like myself, please remember to have grace with yourself. There will be mornings when we struggle to get out of bed. That is okay as long as we can function and be kind to our families in the morning. Dust yourself off and try to do better the next day. (And if you see me online late at night, tell me to go to bed!!)
What are your morning routine tips for night owls? Have you tried Cottonelle’s wet + dry combo?
This post is sponsored by Cottonelle. All opinions and night owl struggles are my own.