We love our children. We love them ridiculously. In fact, we love them so much it’s astounding.
That being said, there is (like many blogs before have addressed) a necessity for quiet and alone time. We most often associate these rare moments with a date night or when we finally accept the help our family members have been offering for years. Down time to get housework done, run errands and what have you. Anyway, typically the down time occurs during the day or after the kids have gone to bed.
Let me start by saying, I know, understand and completely acknowledge the fact that sleep is a precious gift not to be taken for granted. BUT, there is something to be said about the calm before the storm. Getting up in the morning before your kids can really kick off the day right. The birds are chirping, the sun is rising, the house is quiet….Coffee takes better hot, I don’t care what you say, Starbucks. There’s an easing into the day that sets you up for success.
A normal morning, your kids are jumping on top of you or shaking you into the state of migraine. “Wake up, Mommy!” This isn’t a good way for anyone to begin their day. You can barely keep your eyes open and haven’t quite found your bearings enough to pack the kids lunch. Was that ketchup or strawberry jam you spread on top of your children’s peanut butter and no clue sandwich…? Hmm..
Point is, dip your toes into the cool water of day and slowly glide in. Whom ever said that just jumping in makes it easier was crazy. You can shock your body so many other ways throughout prime time parenting, save it for later. The herd will stampede their way in soon enough.
Mother nature is gorgeous, especially when you have the chance to absorb her. Give it a try, give yourself a chance, make a change. Get up early…. I said it…. You’ll be surprised.