Stress Free Mornings-Food for Thought

     Mornings are tough when you are trying to get three kids out of the house, ON TIME, for school.  Sometimes they can be rushed and stressful.  I want to share a few tips on how to make getting ready and out the door for school smooth and stress free.
     This is important to me because it is ME who sets the tone for my children's day.  It is my job to make sure they don't feel stressed out, sad, or mad because I didn't make sure to be a patient loving parent.  I figured this out when my oldest started Kindergarten.  When I was running late, stressed out, impatient and dare I say raising my voice I could visibly see that I had created turmoil inside of him.  After noticing this I made a conscious effort to correct my behavior.
     After all I am teaching him life skills through my actions every second my kids are with me.

Tip #1-Wake up earlier!!

For someone who LOVES LOVES LOVES her sleep this is a tough one, but most important in obtaining a happy peaceful morning.  I find that if I wake up 15-20 minutes earlier then I usually do we sail through the morning with out any stress.  Another good tip is to get yourself ready quickly before you get the kids ready.  That way you can focus on them.  Use the extra 15-20 minutes for this.

Tip #2-Consciously correct YOUR attitude
Our kids feed off of our every word.  Spoken and unspoken.  If you are a frazzled mess...they will be too.  Say a prayer if you need to.  The extra help from The Big Guy up stairs always helps.

Tip #3-Read the scriptures
     This applies to us all, no matter what faith we are.  Before our oldest started to play football we read scriptures every night and in the morning I would read a story from a magazine called The Friend.  The older my kids get the harder it is going to be to find a time to read scriptures as a family.  With football and soccer in the mix our family scripture study was falling apart.  The answer was clear.  Read them in the morning!!
     As my children are eating breakfast I read a chapter of scripture to them.  It is actually easier then reading at night because their mouths are full of food so they can't talk as I am reading to them.  I feel as if it gives my children spiritual strength to choose the right during the day as well as setting the tone in our home.  Since I have been reading scripture in the morning there is an over whelming peace in our home.  In turn my children are happy as can be and spiritually strengthened to face their day.

Tip #4-Do as much as you can the night before
Being as prepared as I can be the night before makes all the difference in the world and makes a huge difference in the morning.  Things that can be done the night before are:  Making lunch, laying out clothes, making sure backpacks are packed.  Any thing else you can think to do the night before...DO IT!!
Tip #5- Kneel down and say family prayer together
Even if we are running late I make sure to gather my children around me, kneel down and say a family prayer together.  It only takes a minute and yet is so important.  I want my children to know that they can go to their Father in heaven for anything and that if we stay connected to Him through prayer He will guide us through out our day.

I hope this helps friends.  I am not an expert on anything, but I can tell you what works for me in my home.  
Hugs to you all!!

8 comments:

  1. Heather I love your blog! i am so glad I added it to my sidebar so i can follow it. I needed these tips and thank you for posting them. The getting up earlier thing about kills me, but I know I've got to buck up and do it! :)

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  2. Thank YOU for putting my button on your side bar. I really appreciate it. It means so much to me to know that you follow my blog. Hugs to you!!

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  3. Hey Heath,

    Loved the post. I woke up earlier today after seeing your post yesterday and it definatly made a difference. Thanks for your hints! I added your button to my side bar and for some reason when you click it, it doesn't take me to your blog? Any ideas?

    Love ya. Greatful for your friendship. Hope your feeling better and better.

    xoxoxox
    Angie

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  4. Love you Ang! Every day is better and better.

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