How is your mom morning routine? Do you sip your coffee peacefully as you read your Bible and focus on connecting with God?
Or are they rushed, chaotic, and anything but peaceful?
Do you need a morning time?
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Do Mom Morning Routines Matter?
Let's start with the obvious. Do you truly need a morning routine? There is no morning routine that is going to work for everyone
I was talking with a fellow mom about mornings recently and I realized that we were polar opposites. She used her evenings to relax, rejuvenate, and get things done. I used my mornings to relax, rejuvenate, and get things done. The more we talked the more I realized that our mornings and evenings looked very similar. However, she was a night owl, I was a morning robin.
Do you want a morning routine just because it's all over Pinterest and the 'mommy culture'? Or is it a reasonable, sensible, and feasible goal for you?
Don't cultivate a complicated morning routine if mornings are not the optimal time for you.
One of the biggest challenges of motherhood and life, in general, is concluding what is worth our time and what is not.
Simplify your Morning Routine
Cultivate a mom morning routine that works for YOU! Use resources like this or the thousands of others on pinterest as a guide. Notice I said the guide, they are only a guide to help you, not control you.
I love the word 'healing' (in case you haven't already figured that out from the title of this website), take that little word and apply it to your morning routine.
- Is this practice healing to me?
- And in turn, does that make it healing to my home?
- Does it ultimately serve the way I teach and influence my children for the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Once you have asked yourself those questions then start creating a simple routine and steps that make the first part of your day the most healing.
Cultivate a Morning Routine That Helps you Get Ahead
Let's create a successful morning time by first establishing what you need. What things do you already do? Do you make coffee? Hit snooze 5 times? Read your Bible? Pray? Make breakfast? Make dinner? Do laundry? Exercise? Meditate?
It's time to do a brain dump. There are lots of ways to do a brain dump, but for this exercise, I simply want you to focus on what you currently do in your morning routine and then look ahead
What does your morning routine look like?
What do you want your morning routine to look like?
What will your morning routine look like?
Download the Brain Dump Printable and use the graphic below for some ideas. All the printables that I mention can be downloaded through the sign-up below! Keep on scrolling to get to it!
Jump Start your Routine the Evening Before
As you may have surmised, I'm a morning person. I'm passionate about my mom morning routine because I love having one! My alarm goes off before 4 am every day. Not everyone is like that, nor should they be! God created us all unique. Maybe you are more of a night owl. In this case, start your morning routine the night before.
Is breakfast an issue for your family? Get the meal prepared the night before. I love my sourdough creations because many of them start the night before. All I have to do is finish them in the morning.
Maybe preparing for school is a pain point in your morning. Get all your kids' stuff set out the night before.
Bottom line? As you do your brain dump, think through different ways your morning can be refreshed by starting current pain points the night before.
Mom Morning Routine Printables!
These are things that help my morning routine with Jesus. It's my mommy morning routine that sets me up for success as I start my day with my Savior and then proceed with my day as a mommy and caregiver. As you walk through setting up your own mommy morning routine, there are some printables that you might find helpful.
The 5 Basics for a Perfect Mom Morning Routine
A mom morning routine will look just a bit different for everyone, but as we customize there are 5 basics for a perfect morning routine that will encompass everyone's plan. As you customize think about ways you can refresh, recharge, remove, replenish, and reorganize.
These are the basics of getting up. Setting your alarm, getting up without hitting the snooze button, washing your face, taking a shower, and brushing your teeth. We're talking about refreshing our body here. The sleep isn't gone yet, but we are well on our way.
This is my 2nd favorite step. You want to find something that recharges your body. Maybe it's coffee? In my case, it is, without quibble, coffee. Maybe you're a tea or lemon water kind of gal. It doesn't really matter what it is if it recharges you. That first sip or taste or look helps nourish your mind for what is ahead.
And don't forget that lovely Chantal coffee drip. I recently stopped using conventional coffee pots because of all the plastics and molds that seep chemicals and hormones into our bodies. I don't know about other mommas out there, but I've got enough hormones, I don't need my plastic coffee pot dishing out anymore.
This one might sound a little bit odd at first but stay with me for a moment. One of the best ways to get our body awake in the mornings or remove the sleep is to get our heart rate up. It doesn't have to be a full workout. It can be 10 minutes of stretching, aerobics, or yoga. I like to do a fuller workout in the afternoons, so I take the time my coffee water is boiling to stretch, do a bit of strength training, and do aerobics. It's simple and easy.
Here is my favorite part of my morning time. It's the part where we put ourselves aside for a moment and dive into the scripture, prayer, and reading. Reading the scripture is replenishing, but the most effective replenishment times is going to be the one that is focused on our Savior instead of our need for more 'self'. Focus on worshiping your creator, read his word, and meditate on his goodness.
Your body, soul, and mind should be awake by this time. Now is the time to organize your day. Remember that yesterday is GONE. It is GONE. I'll remind you again. It is GONE. Today is a new day to seek new adventure, to press into Christ, and to continue life.
Use these five basics to edit the final result of your Brain Dump Printable.
Now download the Cultivate a Morning Routine - What Matters? Printable and create your final draft of your morning routine. Adjust as you go, move items around and have FUN with it!
Cultivate a Morning Routine - What Matters. You can grab this printable, or go to the bottom of the page for the entire Cultivate a Morning Routine Vault Link. There are many 'extras' in the vault!
Working or Staying at Home Mom Routine?
I have a confession to make, I'm a bit extreme. As a Briggs Myer INFJ I tend to go into myself deeply and push myself to extremes. So please take what I say with a bit of salt.
It doesn't matter if you are a working mom or stay at home mom.
Hear me out.
I live a rather double life. I'm a wife, mom, small business owner, social media manager, and Creative Arts Director. My routines change monthly. There are days I leave the house with my little one at 5:30 am, and there are days I live more of a stay-at-home lifestyle.
You will make an excuse for anything that doesn't matter to you.
If morning routines matter, then MAKE it happen.
There are moms out there with more extreme mom morning routines than me! There are moms out there busier than me and as much as we hate to admit it sometimes, there are moms out there with more busy schedules than you!
Get a Clear Morning Routine
What are some non-negotiables that must appear on your mom morning routine? Head back to the brain dump and see what you listed in your morning routine.
Here are a few other ideas for your mom morning routine.
- read your Bible, journal, devotions, etc.
- brush your teeth
- feed the animals
- water plants
- eat breakfast
- shower and get dressed
- prepare the kids’ breakfast
- work from home
- sit in silence
- enjoy the peace and quiet of an empty house
Pray about what you can and cannot do
Do what you can do, let go of the rest. Take care of yourself.
You must take care of yourself if you are going to take care of your family.
During the week I don't have my husband to help with the child, the dog, the house, my car, shoveling snow, or general maintenance around the house. It is me and myself. If I don't take care of myself, I put my children at risk.
Pray about what you can do, and then sprinkle your routine with SELF CONTROL.
On the days I get up at 3 am, I'm often in bed by 7:10 pm the previous night. I put my child to bed at 7 pm, and I'm asleep by 7:30 pm. I still get 7-8 hours of sleep and can get up at 3 am.
Resources for Morning Routine Success
I can't lie, I'm all fired up right now. Talking about cultivating a morning routine is one of my favorites.
There is an abundance of resources out here on morning routines. There are thousands of journals, coffee mugs, tea mugs, planners, and devotionals that claim they are going to make you perfect.
No single resource is going to solve your morning routine for the rest of your life.
We all have seasons of life where our needs change. Our schedules shift, and as a result, so will our routines.
These are simply my favorite resources that set me up for success.
My Morning Routine with Jesus
The key to my mom's morning routine is starting it with Jesus. Below are some books that I have found helpful with my morning routine. I also have a brand-new devotional out called "Cultivating a Healing Home." Mornings can be so dysfunctional, but I have found that my mornings go so much better when I start it with Jesus.
The Good Books
There are a plethora of good Gospel-centered books out there. But here are the three favorites that I return to repeatedly.
- New Morning Mercies by David Tripp
- The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness by Kristin Demery, Kendal Roehl, and Julie Fisk
- Hello Mornings by Kat Lee
- Valley of the Vision
- This is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotionals. It is an encouragement to my heart every time I pick it up.
Another resource for a good morning routine is the Faith Box. This monthly subscription is a fun way to get a new devotional, faith books, and inspirational cards. There are always some fun extras as well! Click here to learn more.
Best Organization Planners
Using some sort of planner system has been a game-changer in my life. I have used a planner system since high school, but over the years my organizational toolbox has become quite full. Especially finding a planning system for a busy mom can be a challenge. The following are three ways I use planner systems in my daily life.
Google Keep has been a lifesaver for me. I create my checklists for the day and keep everything color coordinated. One thing I like about it is that it's attached to your email address. I have a few different Gmail addresses, so it's just one more level or organization that helps keep everything separate. Not to mention that it's FREE!
Don't completely lose it at the price of Powersheets. They are something you will never turn back from again. It's hard to truly describe their value, but they are a yearly and monthly planning tool that keeps you focused on cultivating what matters. The questions and details they ask you are fundamental in determining how your year progresses.
The Happy Planner is my top way to stay organized during the week. It is where my creativity meets productivity. I cannot say enough good things about adding this to my daily routine. Especially during busy seasons, it keeps my head on straight and adds a little beauty to my day.
Journaling has been a part of my life since high school. I don't do it daily anymore, but I still have about a dozen journals floating around my bookshelves full of prayers and personal reflections. This one I found about 12 years ago and still have not turned back from its durability.
Mom Morning Routine Resources
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Cultivate your Mom Morning Routine
Your morning routine does not need to look like everyone else's. Start where you are at and let go of any desire for perfection.
Your mom morning routine can be the foundation to set the rest of your day up for success, but don't let anxiety or fear be the catalyst to make a morning routine. Let your day be set up for success by refreshing, recharging, remove, replenish, and reorganizing in a way that honors your family and ultimately honors Christ Jesus.