Mom morning routines are so important to set the tone for the day. Here are some habits you can start now that’ll make your days peaceful.
I don’t know how more blunt I can be about this…
How you start your day really matters.
If you wake up at peace, that gives you strength and clarity for much of the day.
While there is no One Size Fits All morning routine, you can find something personalized to fit your life. You will eventually tweak your morning routines. To do that, let’s look at the goal of good mom morning routines.
Do you struggle with starting the day feeling as though you’re already behind?
Honestly… this was a huge problem for me.
It still can be.
When I’m pregnant and Feeling All the Feels or in a super busy season, I wake up already annoyed with everyone because I feel that the day has started off somehow later than it should.
When I’m ornery in the morning I become these types of mom:
Morning Routines That Help You Get Ahead
Think And Plan Ahead The Evening Before
We are behind if we wake up to kids begging for breakfast before we’ve put on our clothes, brushed our teeth, or even thought about the day ahead… This won’t matter from time to time, but it’s a slippery slope if it happens every day.
When I don’t keep in mind what needs to be done on a given day, nothing gets done.
My best days and mornings come from a little planning the night before.
Get a Jump Start To The Morning
Whatever you do, your mom morning routines should help you feel more prepared for the day.
Depending on what you like to get done before the kids wake up, you may do any of the following things:
- read your Bible, journal, devotions, etc.
- eat breakfast
- shower and get dressed
- prepare the kids’ breakfast
- work from home
- sit in silence
- stare at the wall
- enjoy the peace and quiet of an empty house
- read a novel
Decide what you’d like to get done before the kids wake up raring for attention, then give yourself enough time to make that happen.
Remember, you’ll have to push through the first few days and weeks, but eventually it’ll become a habit.
How much earlier than the kids should you wake up each morning?
Short answer: it depends.
How early you need to wake up depends on how early you go to bed the night before, how much you actually need to get done, and what amount of alone time you require to be a happy enough mom.
When I used to wake up 2 hours earlier than the kids it actually was worse for me because I got into a deep work zone and had to stop. That made me cranky.
Eventually I realized that 30 minutes or so was much better than 2 hours for me personally, so you’ll have to decide for yourself what works.
Get a Clear Morning Routine (And One for the Kids)
One of the biggest things I’ve found helpful in our home is this: not allowing children to come out of their rooms until we come to them.
Each child has to wait in their crib, bed, or room until their alarm clock shines green, at 7:30 a.m.
Requiring your kids (not babies, of course) to stay in their rooms until a certain time does a few things.
- It encourages them to sleep later because they know as soon as they open their eyes they can’t start their day. This prevents dreaded 5:30 a.m. wake ups from becoming a habit.
- Also, it prevents little ones from getting into trouble before you’re up. It is not safe for kids to wake up and be roaming around the house when you are asleep. If they are quiet and you are a deep sleeper, you may not even know they’re up! It goes without saying they could get hurt, go outside, and try to do any number of unsafe things. Requiring them to stay in their rooms until a certain pre-determined time helps.
This routine as well as a few others (some morning tidy up routines the kids do on their own) help our mornings stay on track. When we stray too far, things are chaos. When we keep routines in place – even if they change with regularity – we begin our days in peace.
What are your “sanity boundaries?” Start there.
If you’re an introvert with a house full of kids, you may need to wake up significantly earlier than your kids just to have some peace and quiet.
Are you an extroverted mom who loves being around others? You may only need a bit of time to get ahead of the early demands of the day.
Every mother is different, and many of our boundaries are as well.
Think about the things that you need to be okay. Here are some examples of some things mothers might want or need to feel at peace during her day.
- Time alone
- A tidy living area
- Meals planned out (maybe even thawed out or prepped)
- Lunches packed
- Household admin (bills, lists, grocery orders, automatic deliveries, etc.)
- Time alone with your spouse
- Drinking coffee
Take out your journal and prayerfully consider… what do you need done in the morning to be okay for the rest of the day… then do that!
Morning routines are truly helpful, just start where you’re at
For mom, morning routines really cement how the day will go. Starting off harried and behind leads to anxiety and stress.
Starting off the day enthused and at peace means… no matter what the day brings, you’ll feel in control and able to handle it.
Morning Routine FAQs
You’ll want to go easy at first. If you aren’t used to getting up early you may just hit the snooze button! I’d try waking up 20 minutes earlier than normal, and adding in something you enjoy. A nice cup of coffee or a devotional. After a few days, get up 15 minutes earlier and add another ritual in.
Typically you want to do things here that help take care of you and help you get ready for your day. Don’t add so much you get into “project mode” and resent your family for waking up. This may be self-care, getting ready, exercising, or even just sitting in silence.
You can write it down on a simple sheet of paper or even use some mom checklists. The key is to have a few things listed down you can refer to. Especially if you are half asleep. Keeping it in your phone may also work!
The key is to write down what you are currently doing and where you want to be. Write down the new routine you’d like to aim for, then keep it somewhere handy in the morning. Right by your alarm clock will work!
What is important is that you don’t start the day behind, feeling frazzled, resentful of your children for waking up, and in a bad mood. If a morning routine will help you get up, get in a good mindset, and get started on your day then it’s super important, yes!
I’ve created a free email series just for you! If you struggle with creating an easy flowing routine or rhythm in your home… this is it. I’ve gathered all my easiest routine hacks into one free series and, best of all, you can get a big sneak peak into our book that has over 25+ routines for babies ages 6 weeks to 5 years. This series will help you:
- find a routine and rhythm for your child
- learn how to juggle multiple routines (for 2 or 3+ kids)
- know what is and isn’t working so you can make one tweak that’ll change your day
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