One of the biggest challenges in homeschooling multiple children is coming to homeschooling from a place of rest, and holding rest as a value throughout the school year. I wrote post about this subject with some suggestions, and today I would like to focus on the morning routine and having a beautiful morning
I think if you want peace in your home, then you have to think about the morning routine. It is hard to get up and have children or other household members bombarding you with things they need before you are barely awake and not ready to face the day! Many homeschooling parents do not consider themselves morning people, so I think the morning routine could be even more important in these cases because it is much easier to be more of a morning person if the morning goes well.
So, the creation of a beautiful morning requires some reflection. Many of my readers co-sleep with children, so everyone is up at the same time, but if you have the luxury, it is nice to think about what time you would like to be with your children and start the day. What would peace in the morning look like for you – does it mean you need to prepare things the night before? get up before others in your family? start your day with exercise or meditation or prayer and then deal with people? take a family walk first thing? Only you, as the architect of your family, can decide these things. Every family is different,and I think it is important to explore what works for you personally.
Here are possibilities to consider for the morning outside of care for others:
Spiritual tasks – prayer, meditation, yoga, gratitude journaling
Physical tasks – exercise, drinking lemon water, eating a nourishing meal
Mental tasks – looking at the day ahead, setting forth ideas and intentions about the day that is beginning, list top one to three priorities to accomplish for the day
I would love to hear about your morning wake-up times and how you structure your morning routine!