Britney Dearest: 4 Reasons Why We (Moms) Need Time Alone Before The Kids Wake

/ Tuesday, September 5, 2017

4 Reasons Why We (Moms) Need Time Alone Before The Kids Wake

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After six years of being a stay-at-home mom, I have re-entered the work force part-time as a substitute teacher. I'm not usually a morning person, however, since the new school year has begun, not only do I need to wake early to prepare my kids for school, but I also have to prepare myself and I have to leave our home 1-2 hours earlier than they do, depending on what school I'm teaching at.


When I began substituting during the second week of school, I quickly learned that even on the days where I'm not scheduled to substitute, waking up before my children is a must. We moms need our alone time before the kids wake for the following four benefits:


1. To avoid "Grouchy Mommy Mode" and be mentally prepared for the journey ahead. Oftentimes, no matter how much I do my best to prepare everything the night before, there is something that occurs, causing our mornings to be hectic. The level varies, but hectic nonetheless. I notice that when I wake up earlier than my children, I'm not waking up into chaos and busyness, which can stress me out and lead to instant "grouchy mommy mode" where my patience level is low and I become snappy and easily irritated. Thanks to the quiet time I have to myself or time peacefully spent with my husband, I'm calm, relaxed, and in a great mood. So great that I can handle morning rush hour traffic.

Some great ways to spend your quiet time are performing meditation techniques and mantras, exercising or other healthy movements such as stretching or yoga, reading, and encouraging affirmations that help give you confidence.

How are mornings before school and work in your household? Do they usually run pretty smoothly or are they a little chaotic more often than not?



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2. To energize yourself before taking on the day. I'm not a morning person. I wake early because, well, I have no choice. I need all the help I can get to get going. On the days I substitute, I'm unable to eat breakfast with my children because I have to leave out much earlier than they do. I usually make a quick and simple breakfast like toast, turkey bacon, and fruit along with one of my new favorite drinks, Gold Peak® Vanilla Chai Tea Latte. I love that it's made with real sugar and real tea and comes in two delicious flavors, Gold Peak Chai Tea Latte and Gold Peak Vanilla Chai Tea LatteGold Peak Vanilla Chai Tea Lattes. It gives me the boost of energy I need to help keep my mornings going. There are also two coffee flavors, Gold Peak Salted Caramel Coffee Drink and Gold Peak Almond Toffee Coffee Drink. They're ready to drink directly from the bottle and the flavor varieties take the hassle out of having to go to a coffee shop to get a cold brewed coffee or chai tea latte. 

All four flavors can be found at your local Walmart store.


3. You can plan tasks and events without interference. Without my planner and alarms reminding me what my next move is, I'm an anxious, forgetful hot mess. I have found that I'm able to plan more easily and remember what needs to get done when I have peace and quiet. A flexible daily plan written out in my planner gives me a guide to follow and helps prevent me from getting off task throughout the day.


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4. Waking earlier helps boost your productivity. When I wake up earlier than my children, eat and get my day started, I find that I have more motivation to get things done without procrastination, whether it's cleaning or working on a blog post or video. It feels so good to get an early start on the day and complete tasks. I unintentionally motivate myself to keep up the good work because I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that follows getting things done.


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My Morning Routine
I like to keep my morning routine pretty simple. I shower, plan, and prepare outfits the night before. I wake between 5:45 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. depending on my scheduled substitute time, the latter if I'm not scheduled or it's my off day. I brush my teeth, wash my face, drink a glass of water, and have breakfast. During breakfast, I check the online system to see if any substitutes are needed for the day if I'm not already scheduled for the day and then quickly check my email. I check and reorganize my daily planner as necessary. I fold a load of laundry out the dryer from the night before. I try to get in a 5-minute stretch (it feels so good!), get dressed, then wake the kids and help them for a little while before I head off to work. I love listening to audiobooks on my ride to work. On my off days, my routine is the same, except instead of checking for substitute availabilities, I work on a blog post or video until it's time to focus on my kids.


If you're a grumpy mommy in the mornings more often than not and/or could improve your time management and planning in order to get everyone out of the house on time, I strongly encourage you to try both, going to sleep and waking at earlier times. I hope that in sharing my routine and benefits of waking earlier, it encourages you to make changes in your morning routine for the better.


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Thank you for reading!
-Brit
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10 comments:

  1. I didn't realize Gold Peak had all these yummy sounding favors. I haven't had my coffee yet and now I'm thinking of running you the store too see if we have that here in Nashville. These were great tips! A morning routine is definitely key to get a great start and have a productive day.

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  2. I actually woke up early before my kids today on their first day of school and it really was nice. Now to see if I can keep it up! {client}

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  3. I love quiet mornings alone. Sometimes I take the dog for a walk, or I just write. I need my alone time to be the best me I can be. This is an important article. I know a lot of moms feel guilty for needing this time.

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  4. Quiet mornings are the best. I love the weekends when I wake up first and the kids are sleep. And sleep extra long. Omg you have time to be one with self and your thoughts. You can hear yourself. And we all need that space.

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  5. I love my morning time and time alone before bed. I know most moms think this is selfish but I have to give myself alone time to reflect or just quiet if its only for 30 min. I only thought Gold Peak sold the tea. I will give these a try.

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  6. Thank you, this is so helpful. As a consummate night owl, early morning are tough but in terms of the boost in productivity and happiness in the morning I might have to try your method.

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  7. Great tips!! You moms rock! Can't wait for the day I can apply these tips to my life as a mom. Having a schedule is so key. Definitely working on that now. I struggle in the mornings, but getting up earlier really does help out a lot! Now if I can just get in the bed before midnight I'd be fine! LOL

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  8. Totally agree! I was a SAHM and now I work part time too...but I make sure I wake up early enough to have time to myself. I see my husband off to work then I have quiet time to do whatever it is I want until my children get up, its vital time I cherish! Great Tips!

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  9. Great tips! The Gold Peak Salted Caramel' coffee drink sounds delicious and like it can help me conquer any task. lol

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  10. I'm a night person so I usually don't like to wake up early in the morning. But last week I woke up because I couldn't fall back to sleep and I was able to fix breakfast, pack my lunch, pray and read my bible. I actually felt good that I could could accomplish those things early before my day started. At least you recognize that you can be in grouchy mommy mode if you don't have alone time. Be the best mommy that you could be.

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