Last year was my first year homeschooling the kids and can I tell you how rough it was? I’m pretty sure every third day I was ready to quit and enroll them in whatever school would take them. My friend Ashley was always encouraging when I would send her tear-filled messages filled with frustration and self-doubt. It wasn’t until I finally realized that I NEEDED a morning routine for homeschool moms that I was able to finally get my life together.
Why A Morning Routine?
In complete truth, I slept on the importance of having a morning routine. I wanted to have a schedule but that doesn’t really work for my family. With 3 kids going through growth spurts and phases at all different times, a schedule set my Type A personality up for loads of disappointment. But routines? Yes. My family THRIVES off of a good routine namely because I do. Routines are more flexible since they don’t necessarily have to start at a particular time but there is a way that you go about doing things.
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How To Develop A Morning Routine For Homeschool Moms
The most efficient and effective way to do this is to begin with the end in mind. At the end of your morning routine, what do you want to be accomplished? One of my struggles last year was in feeling like I was constantly on the defense with our daily plan and day. I knew that at the end of my morning routine, I wanted to feel like I was together and ready for the day with the children to begin. In order for me to feel this way, I needed to get done the things I needed to for my business, my clients, and myself. I also require a certain amount of alone time in order to really feel like I’m together.
So ask yourself what’s missing from your day when it begins with your children and what you need to fill that gap. Then you design your morning routine to fill that gap.
My Morning Routine
I will also say that this is the goal of my morning routine–sometimes it doesn’t happen. When it doesn’t happen, I go back to the negative feelings which confirms that my morning routine is in fact something that I need.
- Wake up before the kids
- Make a cup of coffee or tea
- Meditate for 10 minutes
- Have a 15 minute pickup
- Review the plan for the day
- Have a brain dump session
- Get done whatever work that needs to be done
- Do some form of exercise
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I don’t have a particular order for these things to be done but once all of them are done, I feel ready to conquer the day!