Importance of having a Morning Routine
When I first realized that I don’t have a boss waiting for me at work every day, I felt the same way kids feel when its summer vacation –freedom! However, I quickly realized how easy it was to fall into a rut of waking up late, staying in your pajamas all day, and not getting anything done. Having a morning routine sets the tone for the day; it gets you and your child going in the right direction regardless of if you work or stay at home with them. Ever since I started this morning routine, I feel better about myself and get more accomplished in the day. But the biggest beneficiary has been my toddler. He has this routine down pat! I can see how his confidence has grown because he knows exactly what is expected of him as soon as he wakes up. It took some time and patience, but now he tells me what we need to do each morning. There’s nothing like an energetic toddler to get you moving on days when you need a little extra push.
You can find tons of free printable toddler morning routine charts online or just make your own! I made a simple morning routine chart with pictures I found online and felt circles. We move the circles up as the different tasks are completed.
Our Morning Routine
1. Morning cuddles and prayers
When I was a full-time working mom, I had zero time for cuddling in the mornings. In fact, I would avoid cuddles so that saying goodbye wouldn’t be so difficult. Now that I have the luxury of spending more time with my little one, I cuddle and cuddle him until he says, “Okay, let’s go!” We also like to start our day with some prayers, and I say a quick personal prayer asking for strength to take on the day.
2. Make bed and quick tidy of the room
We start our day by making the bed because a made bed makes it official that you are up and you are going to make today purposeful. I also do a quick tidy of the room and make sure everything is in its’ place. My toddler follows me around the room, and helps throw away trash and straighten things up. He even (attempts) to make his own toddler bed. There is no better feeling than a clean room first thing in the morning!
3. Brush teeth and wash face.
This is pretty self-explanatory. He loves his Elmo toothbrush!
I try to figure out breakfast the night before so that the mornings are easier. I boil eggs or make PBJ sandwiches at night. This especially helps since I haven’t gotten coffee in my system yet!
5. Clean up
I am in the process of “husband training” my little boy. He helps me put away dishes in the dishwasher, wipe off counter-tops, and sweep up the floor. The best part is that he LOVES doing it! I have to admit though, it does make cleaning take a lot longer to finish, and I end up doing double work. There have been plenty of times where I’ve had to fight him on letting me use the sweeper! But I’m okay with that because where else is he going to learn these skills in a real kitchen?
6. Get dressed and use potty
After the kitchen has been cleaned, we go back upstairs and get dressed for the day. Its funny how changing out of pajamas and freshening up a little can change your child’s whole vibe!
The whole routine takes roughly about an hour to complete depending on how long breakfast ends up taking. It took me some time to figure out this morning routine for us, but it has made our mornings so much more efficient, cleaner, and happier. I spend the next 2 hours or so enjoying my child and my clean home… until lunch time that is! 🙂
Hope this gave you some inspiration to start your own morning routine with your kids. If you already have one, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Stay Blessed, Sharmin