7 Reasons to Wake Up Before Your Kids Every Morning

7 Reasons to Wake Up Before Your Kids Every Morning

Looking for a reason to stop hitting the snooze button? Here’s what the experts say.

By Maria Mora

When you have kids, early mornings are a given. When faced with the prospect of an extra 15 minutes of sleep, the snooze button can look very appealing. But experts say pushing through the pain and getting up before the kids can get your entire day off to a better start. Here’s why you should consider getting up even earlier than you already do.

1. Waking up early is an investment in you. Jaime Pfeffer is a stress management expert and author of Uplift: Amazingly Powerful Secrets to Conquer Stress, Boost Happiness and Create an Extraordinary Life. She says getting up early shows you that you love yourself. “People who practice consistent self-loving actions are healthier, happier, and more successful than people who don't,” says Pfeffer. Well then.

2. Waking up early sets a great example for the kids. When your kids see you up and ready in the morning, they’ll model the same behavior. If you’re dragging your feet and complaining, you’ll end up with kids who do the same. And no one wants a house full of people who can’t stand mornings.

3. Waking up early gives you time to plan your day. Getting up even 15 minutes early can turn your entire day around. “Upfront planning helps save time over the long run,” says Pfeffer. “Every 10 minutes of planning saves 60 to 80 minutes of execution.” That makes the snooze button sound a lot less inviting.

4. Waking up early makes room for healthy habits. In the quiet moments before your kids wake up, take some time to do the things that make you feel good. Meditate, start a journal, or make a gratitude list. “Write down five items every day,” says Pfeffer. “Healthy habits mean less stress overall.”

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5. Waking up early slows the morning rush. You know the early morning drill. Rushing around the house makes everyone forgetful. Suddenly lunches are left on the counter, paperwork isn’t signed, and someone forgot to use the bathroom before getting on the school bus. Cut this chaos out by getting up early enough to attack your morning routine at an unhurried pace.


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6. Waking up early is better than staying up late. Darah Zeledon, a parenting expert and speaker, says she used to stay up late, thinking that was the only way to have a life as a busy parent, but now she embraces early mornings. “I listen to the world come alive,” she says. “The early morning calls of nature invigorate and inspire me.”

7. Waking up early gives you time to read. Remember the way you used to leisurely read the paper before you had kids? You can re-capture that morning routine if you get up before they do. “I reply to late-night emails, peruse the headlines, and read one full-length article on anything of interest,” says Zeledon. That brief stretch of you-time goes a long way.

What would you do with an extra half hour to yourself?

Maria Mora is communications director at Big Sea Design and Development in St. Petersburg, Florida. She lives with her two sons and their rescue terriers.

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