Each morning we wake our children. Some kiddos are bright eyed and ready to go, but others would rather put the covers over their head and go back to sleep. Do you find yourself getting frustrated with those sleepyheads?
Do you know that you set the atmosphere for your home each day in those few minutes you spend waking up those little people? If you are angry and upset, that is the tone for the day. Your children tend to follow your example and then everyone is cranky and that doesn't make for a productive and peaceful day.
I remember having fights with my older kiddos if they wouldn't get out of bed by a certain time. It made our day miserable because we were not communicating in a positive way. I was yelling and they were acting out. I didn't realize that our home's atmosphere would suffer because of those few minutes of grumbling and arguing. It put us all in a bad mood.
After years of doing it wrong, I have finally figured out how to do it right. Now don't get me wrong, I still have times where I fall back into my old habits. I am a work in progress and I know I will fail, but the difference is now I recognize when I am starting to fail, and I quickly choose to remedy the issues.
Every morning I wake my children up at 8 a.m. I have found that letting them sleep until 8 makes our mornings go more smoothly. They kids are not morning people, but we have found a system that works for them and I try to stick to it. I have a couple of little songs I sing to them in order to wake them up. It puts smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts. The day is already off to a good start!
We have also implemented a morning routine that keeps them motivated. We eat breakfast, tidy up our bedrooms, get dressed, brush our teeth & hair, then we are off to start school. Our goal is to start school by 9 a.m. We usually meet that goal, but if we don't, it's okay. We don't fret it. We just begin as soon as we can. Our first class is Bible class. That also helps keep an atmosphere of peace in our home. Learning God's Word together is important to us.
I would love to hear how you manage your mornings. Please leave a comment below and let us know how you are keeping the peace 😊