talked a bit about my morning routine, and the fact that I need one in order to
survive! But, I do have one rather large
problem that I have to contend with in my morning routine – early
it didn’t matter if they went to bed at 7pm or 10pm, they would be up by
Sometimes they will sleep later; sometimes they will wake up
earlier. Recently, Emma has been on a
5:30am cycle, and that is too early. She
is six and does not understand why mama can be out of bed but she cannot. The same goes for my little guy. He is actually better at sleeping in until
around 7, but often he will be up early just because his sister is up.
morning. That is why I am waking up so
early in the first place! It doesn’t
make sense for me to get up early just to have the kids follow me downstairs 15
minutes later. I would get nothing
accomplished that way. So, my new idea
is to make a Good Morning Basket for each of the kids.
blog. I really liked all of Kat’s ideas,
but with my kids being a little younger, I needed to change what was available
to them in the basket.
in the morning. It seems that without
fail she is hungry as soon as she wakes up – much like her dad. Jack likes to wait an hour before he eats
breakfast – much like me. They are too
little to get their own breakfast yet, and I typically make something
relatively hearty like oatmeal or scrambled eggs and toast; neither of which they
can make on their own. I decided that I
would include a little morning snack that the kids can eat before
breakfast. We are home all day, so I am
not all that concerned about specific times to get out the door, if you are,
then perhaps you will want to lay out what the breakfast is going to be for the morning.
nuts/seeds; kind of a trail mix without the chocolate.
enjoyable, and keep them occupied for a little while. I also wanted to be able to show them how I
was having quiet time, to give them something to model when they are
What I included in our Good Morning
- Puzzle – my kids love puzzles, and
these are small and easy to keep together, mainly not a lot of pieces
- Coloring/activity book
- Fancy pens/markers – only for use with the Good Morning Basket
- Books – which I will switch out so
they have something new to look at
- Journals – my older is starting to
write on her own a bit, and my younger likes to pretend he is writing on his own
- Early Reader’s Bible – for Emma
who is reading now, but still needs some help.
I thought this might help her to be more intentional about a quiet time
- Mini Magna Doodles – my kids love these
so it was not a lot of money up front. I
got quite a bit of stuff, but that was mainly so that I could switch out things
as needed. I hope that this helps
alleviate some of the stress in the mornings for when the kids wake up super
early. If they have a basket ready for
them, they should be able to self-entertain for 30 minutes without having the
world crash around them (which it seems to some mornings!).
for us, as well as how I started getting up earlier to begin with!
morning basket for your children? Is it
something that your children enjoy? Is
it something you might try to make your morning run a bit smoother?