Today, I thought I would re visit a post I did earlier in the year. Since most of us are getting ready for back to school, this might be a good read.
As a parent, what comes to your mind when you hear this word?.
Out of control?
Some mornings don’t go as smoothly as others, can we all agree with that? Some mornings can be just plain frustrating, unorganized and messy, which makes us wish we had never woken up! This probably will speak to a lot of moms out there since we usually do the morning routine over and over each day.
I will be the first one to tell you that I LOVE routine! When things are scheduled, smooth and organized, I do my very best. But, how many know that this is not always the case each day. Things can get flipped upside down at any time when you have young children.
I’ll never forget during my first year of having a child. Something happened one day….. it was mid-day, as I looked around my house with a crying baby in my arms, and I saw that every room was messy!. I hadn’t got up early, and I hadn’t even read my bible that day (thus the sleep deprivation!). I was actually shocked, because this was not like me at all. I was overwhelmed. Even my bedroom was a disaster. So, without moping, I went to my bedroom, and I at least made my bed.
Just that simple act made me feel so much better!. I then, continued to tidy up my room, and the rest of the day seem to go smoother.
I was reminded of the verse in Proverbs 31 that says ‘She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the days work‘ vs 17. It was from that day, that I started getting up early (or earlier) to plan the day, set the atmosphere, and of course….. make our bed!
Knowing that our bedroom was clean and organized, actually put a peace in my mind. As we kept having more children, this became more important. I know this may seem very simple, but it worked for me. I didn’t get as overwhelmed just knowing that I at least had a clean peaceful sanctuary to go to if I needed to breathe.
If you are struggling with having a smooth morning routine, here are a few things you could do.
- Get up before the rest of your family (it makes a huge difference)
- Prepare the coffee maker the night before
- Make a list for the day (one of my favourite things to do!)
- Get out any breakfast foods or items the night before
- Pray, Pray, Pray (mom’s… this is a must!)
- And of course, ……. make the bed
I know that as we try and set the course for our family’s day, things may not always go as planned. The more we, as wives and mother’s try to put order in our home, everyone benefits from it, and it may be as simple as just making the bed!.