Creating a Family Morning Routine 

by | Jun 5, 2024 | Marriage and Family

There are two extremes when it comes to family mornings. The first is seamless: Everyone wakes up on time, you sit down to eat breakfast together, you pack lunches in an assembly line, and head out the door with time to spare. The other isn’t quite so picture-perfect: Nobody is up on time, breakfast is whatever each child grabs from the pantry (most likely cookies and candy), you can forget about lunches, and you’re all running out the door 10 minutes late. Which of these sounds closest to your own life? One study found that most parents are awake by 6 a.m. to give themselves more time, and feel like they’ve done a full day of work by 11 a.m. That’s why establishing a family morning routine will be just as beneficial to you as it is to your children. Let’s get started on building yours! 

Utilize your evenings.  

A great morning starts long before the sun comes up. In fact, it starts before the sun even sets the previous night. Taking advantage of your evenings by packing lunches, getting homework in backpacks, laying out outfits, and even meal-prepping breakfast for the next day (this article has some awesome kid-friendly recipes) are all simple ways you can make it just a little easier on your family when alarms go off the next morning. 

Wake up early for yourself. 

Dedicating even just 30 minutes to self-care in the morning can make all the difference to your morning and ultimately your day. Set your alarm for 45 minutes to an hour earlier than the rest of the family and use the extra time for you

Start by making yourself some coffee and reading a book to wake yourself up and get in the right headspace for the day. If movement sounds good, try a quick 30-minute cardio circuit. Write down your goals or to-do list for the day to make sure you’re prepared. This is your time to fill your own cup before you spend the rest of the day filling everyone else’s … make the most of it. 

Start a morning routine chart.  

Just like a chore chart, a family morning routine chart is helpful for keeping children on track. Print a free one here!  

Your kids will love the satisfaction of moving things from the “to-do” side of the chart to the “done” side, and it will make it a little easier for you to make sure they’ve done everything they need to before heading out the door. Be sure to go over each step of their chart with them beforehand, and if they’re younger, keep in mind that you’ll need to help them accomplish some, if not all, of the tasks. This is helpful to keeping everyone organized in a way that feels like a game for kids … it’s a win-win! 

Start now with your new family morning routine. 

Mornings will be chaotic from time to time no matter how well-planned you think they are … alarms sometimes don’t go off, food gets spilled, and life happens. However, if you set up a routine, you’ll find that mornings start to get smoother as time goes on. You might even make it out the door just a few minutes early, and that’s a big win.  

Need more help with mornings? Head over to our blog “Training Yourself to Become a Morning Person” for more tips!