I realized something about myself awhile ago-
I am a happier (and therefore better) mother when I wake up BEFORE my children in the morning.
If I wait and attempt to sleep-in until little feet come scampering into my room, my morning ends up feeling rushed and disjointed. Sure some moms might yawn, smile, and stretch happily all Snow White-like as their kids rouse them from sleep. . .
But not me. I feel all indignant and dare I say- imposed upon. It’s not an ideal way to start my day. I’m less patient and ultimately less productive. I end up gulping down my coffee, my bed doesn’t get made, and unlike Snow White’s meticulous early morning appearance, I can’t seem to get out of my pajamas until after lunch time. Now- if I had a bevy of forest creatures patiently waiting to my bidding and assist with household chores maybe I’d wake up singing too. Then I’d be more confident that I’d be able to fit in some time for myself in the course of my day.
But I need to carve out time in the morning for myself because it doesn’t end up happening at any other time of the day; and by writing this post I hope to force myself into making Mornings For Mommy a regular part of my routine. As much as it pains me to get up earlier than necessary– as much as I hate the sound of my alarm clock– as much as I evilly try to lure myself back to sleep with the thought that ”sleeping-in is one of the “perks” to homeschooling”– I need to ignore these excuses and rise! I need to faithfully make Mornings For Mommy a regular fixture of my day because it’s in the best interest of my sanity and therefore my children’s happiness.
There is something therapeutic about waking up and having a quiet hour or two to oneself. Coffee. . . Watch some television that doesn’t feature animated characters. Maybe even catch the news. . . Mess around with the computer. . . Sit outside, dip my feet in the pool, and watch the sun as it rises.
Basically, relish the calm.
The stillness before the chaos of my day.