Since we have been staying at home, our morning routine has changed a bunch.
When you work full time, you try to stick with a firm schedule. Go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, leave the house at the same time. I tried to keep that same routine when I first started staying home-other than leaving the house of course.
It worked-for a little while.
The first few weeks we went to bed around the same time and still woke up around the same time. As the weeks went on, I started staying up later, and unfortunately so did the kids. With staying up later obviously comes sleeping in later.
I don’t know if it is just me, but I feel like when you sleep in later, you tend to lose your normal routine. I get that you lose hours of the day, but you still have the entire rest of the day to do things. Why is it so hard to function? Where is my will power?!
I feel like I just don’t have the will power to do ANYTHING and I seem to skip over some of our usual morning steps.
When I first got laid off, we started with:
Cook and elaborate breakfast-eggs, bacon, maybe some pancakes
Eat breakfast (while I drink my coffee of course!) Can’t forget the go go juice!
Pick up any toys that got overlooked the night before
Watch the boys favorite shows with them
Eat some snacks
Come in to eat lunch
Sounds like a pretty normal routine, right?
Lately our routine has turned into:
Wake up (super late)
I sit on the couch and be mad at myself for how long we slept
Try to decide if we want to eat breakfast, or just wait for lunch time
Finally just decide to eat whatever sounds good
Sit on the couch again to try to gain motivation
Pick up a few toys
Watch the boys favorite shows
Eat some snacks
Go outside (if we feel like it)
Sometimes skip lunch
I am not ashamed.
All moms have days where they just can’t seem to get their life together.
It is perfectly okay! We are human!
If you told me that you have NEVER slacked off, even just a little, I would definitely have to call you on your bluff. But, there is no judgement here! Moming isn’t always easy.
Enjoy those lazy days. You deserve it!
If you haven’t noticed yet, I am probably a little more lenient on my boys than most moms are with their kids.
I am a firm believer that it is completely okay to have lazy days, but I am still a parent, and I do think that our children need to stay in a good routine.
We have to find that balance between being firm and being lenient with our kids. But, figuring that out is our job as moms. WE GOT THIS!
If you are a full time stay at home mom, or home with your kids during summer break, whatever the case may be, you are probably in the same boat that I am right now.
You obviously can’t make your kids go to bed at 7pm when they didn’t wake up until 11am that morning-as nice as that would be.
Starting to go to bed earlier each night will definitely help get kids back into their normal sleep schedule. After a few nights, your kiddos will be back on track and so will you.
Now you can wake up and get your butt back in gear! And if you are like me, you will find the will to function like a normal human being again.
With a little structure and your favorite go go juice, you and those kiddos can do anything!
Mamas, I would love to hear your morning routines. You can comment on my post below!