The following post is from Kat of Inspired To Action:
Editor’s note: There are a lot of great posts in the archives here at Life Your Way that don’t get much attention anymore, so I’m sharing a couple of my favorites each week. I love Kat’s perspective on our role as mothers as the barometer of our homes!
Our children are mirrors of us. If we greet them tired and grumpy in the morning, guess what? They’re probably going to act tired and grumpy too.
If we greet them prepared, encouraging and full of vision for the day, then their outlook will be radically different too.
Our attitudes and actions have a direct, immediate and long term impact on our children. At some point in all our lives we have prepared for work or school. It is no less important for us to prepare for our families as well.
Whether you are naturally a morning person, or it’s something you need to work at, here are five simple ways to kickstart your day.
1. Go to Bed Earlier
A great day starts the night before. Very few of us get as much sleep as we really need. Do yourself (and your family) a favor tonight and go to bed early. Nothing starts a day off wonderfully like being well rested.
2. Get Dressed for Success
Whether your plans are to workout, go to work or run errands and play 5,386 games of Candyland with your 3 year old, it’s important to get dressed for the day right away. It is much easier to get motivated when we are dressed for the part.
3. Drink Something
Even if your morning drink is coffee or tea, try to get a good glass of water in first thing in the morning. It will help you wake up and give your body what it needs to have a productive day.
4. Have a Plan
Give thanks, pray, read, listen, journal, exercise and review your to do list. Whatever you choose to get done in the morning, just make sure you have a plan for it. You can never underestimate the excuses we can come up with in the morning. If we have a plan, there is no room for debate.
5. Recipe for Success
Make a list of what would make the day great. Games with the kids, cleaning out the fridge, going for a run. What are the big things that would make you lay your head down happy tonight? Write them down and work on completing one of them today.
These are just five simple things, but they can have a huge impact on our mornings our families as we interact in those hurried minutes before everyone needs to be everywhere.
As mothers we are the barometers for our homes. Let’s do what we can to make each day a bright, sunny and peaceful day.
Are mornings easy or hard for you?
|Kat blogs at Inspired To Action, a site dedicated to helping moms develop the habits and skills they need to effectively manage their homes and raise children who are prepared to change the world. Kat loves music, running, technology, Jesus and Tex-Mex food. Not necessarily in that order.|