Mornings can be crazy at our house. For example, this morning, Poppy, my 1.5 year old, tore off her diaper full of poop, stepped in it, then escaped out of the house through the doggie door. Yep. I’m totally serious. It can get crazy.
Mindfulness does not mean that there won’t be craziness. It does mean, however, that we are able to cope with the craziness a bit more effectively, most of the time. And, those times when we don’t cope like we had hoped, we can offer ourselves grace to try again better next time.
Here are some tips to a more mindful morning:
Do what you can the night before.
Make lunches, set out clothes, even pack backpacks and set them by the door. By having things set out and ready the night before, you won’t scramble to get it done while you are rushing to get out the door.
Allow for some time for YOU.
If your kids wake up around the same time everyday, set an alarm for yourself to wake up 15-30 minutes before. Take that time to sit, have coffee, and enjoy stillness. Many people like to meditate, do a devotional, or do some yoga poses. Others just like to enjoy the quiet. Treat this time as a sacred time. Try not to fill it with TV or pick up your phone. Take the time to revel in the stillness and quiet, viewing it as an opportunity for you to prepare your mind and body for whatever the day holds.
Set a routine.
Set up a routine chart and work through it with your kids each morning until they are able to accomplish the tasks themselves. As you go through it with them, give them space to do as much as they can on their own and offer encouragement after they complete a task. The more confident your child feels, the more self-sufficient they will become. So, allow time for mess ups and give grace when they inevitably occur.
Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.
What techniques do you use to bring mindfulness to your mornings?