Over the past year, my morning routine has become the most crucial part of of my daily self-care and has brought me back to the mom and woman that I used to be. If I find myself getting anxious, stressed, or irritable, I've usually fallen off of my morning routine. It is so crucial to my day to day life and mind, body, spiritual health. You can read more about it HERE.
My morning routine has led to a much calmer, patient, intentional, present version of myself and for that, I can't recommend it enough.
So if it was that life changing, why wasn't I teaching my son how to create that type of change in his day?
As for mornings, mine has been working for me, but my little boy's mornings have not been! We have always had a daily routine, where he wakes up, gets dressed, brushes teeth, eats breakfast, and starts his curriculum. There are times when he wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and wants to watch tv or video games. Well, I know how checking my phone and getting on media creates a really bad flow to my day, so I wanted to develop a better habit for him, where we get to bond, and start off with a slow, intentional routine.
I implemented this routine a couple of weeks ago and it has been life-changing for both of us. When I behave, I go to bed by 10 or 11, so I can wake up before him at 5am and complete my morning routine and get my work done for the day. When he wakes up at 7 or 8, I've had my alone time and we get to start our day with quality time, really reflect on how we want our day to flow, and we get to decide how we want to feel.
Here is his morning routine:
Meditation: Wake up, snuggle in bed, and put on a Peace Out Meditation. I also like this youtuber HERE. I just don't like starting our day off with media.
Read: We read a chapter in our current chapter book.
Set Intentions: We discuss how we want to feel and what we want our day to look like.
Workout: This is his favorite part of our morning. We put on some music and take turns competing with different workout moves. Sometimes I use my workout app or do a Cosmic Kids yoga. I really like this to be a short workout where we get to move our bodies and wake them up for the day.
Journal: He draws and writes out his schedule for the day and all the things he wants to accomplish. We talk about our plans for the day.
Then it's time for him to start his day. He makes the bed, gets dressed, brushes teeth, grabs some breakfast, and starts his morning curriculum. After written work, he can do online curriculum or the Epic app, which our friend introduced to us. It's amazing!
What does your morning routine look like? What does your child's? If you have an intentional routine, how does it benefit your family? If not, feel free to download this PDF (click on the picture to download) so that you can start one today! I've included a blank routine and a printable journal page, as well! You can slip into a plastic sleeve and mark off with a dry erase marker every morning.