Maintaining Your Morning Routine during the Holidays: How to Get Your Family Up and Ready
The holidays mean a lot of things, but if you have a family, you know a big part of the season is the time your children have off from school. But just because there are no classes in the morning doesn’t mean that the kids can spend their mornings sleeping in and being lazy. Deviating from the morning routine makes it that much more difficult for them to fall back in line when January rolls around. Having a structured morning routine sets them up for active and productive days during the break and when it’s time to go back to school.
With that being said, there’s no reason you can’t infuse a bit of holiday fun into your otherwise normal routine. Try the following tips to help keep the whole family on schedule while brightening up the dark mornings of the holidays.
Keep the Home Clean and Organized
First of all, you can’t have an effective morning routine if everyone is running around all morning trying to find what they need. Of course, with everything that comes with the holidays, it’s not uncommon for the house to become more than disheveled. If there’s any time of year where you can justify hiring a cleaning service, it’s now. With the kids at home, gifts to buy, parties to attend, and only so many hours in the day, there’s no shame in outsourcing your household chores. Many cleaning services have holiday specials that can save you some money on the cleaning as well. Mind you, the national average cost to hire a cleaning service ranges from $116 to $235, but in the end, hiring some help for the cleaning can help you preserve your sanity… and you can’t put a price on that.
Light Up and Energize
One of the hardest things about getting your family up and active in the mornings is dragging them out of bed when it’s still dark outside. The body simply doesn’t want to wake up without that burst of light through the windows. Fortunately, there are ways to get around this. Sunrise simulation alarm clocks gradually get brighter over a period of time to naturally and comfortably wake you up. If you use smart bulbs in your home lighting, you can use their accompanying software to mimic the effect of a sunrise alarm clock.
Once everybody is out of bed, use the power of lights to create energy in the home. Turn on lights in the hallways and common rooms, including the kitchen and living room. If you have holiday decorations with lights, go ahead and plug those in as well. You can pump even more morning energy by turning on your favorite holiday music that puts the whole family in a good mood first thing.
Make a Breakfast They Look Forward To
Having a warm and delicious breakfast waiting for you makes it a little easier to get out of bed in the morning. Aromatics like cinnamon, bacon, and garlic fill the home with a comforting scent, while hearty ingredients like oats, eggs, and potatoes keep kids full until lunchtime. Try the following recipes for a breakfast the family will be looking forward to the night before.
Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Maple Cinnamon Apples
Keeping your family on their morning schedule ensures they stay active during the holidays, while making it easier for children to adjust once they’re back in school after the break. It’s not always easy to keep the home clean and organized this time of year, but it’s an essential part of keeping your family on track. Look into a holiday cleaning service to take some of the work off your hands. Dark December mornings make it difficult to get out of bed. Simulate sunrise with an alarm clock or smart bulbs, and once everyone’s out of bed, keep the energy up by turning on more lights and playing feel-good tunes that motivate everybody in the house. Finally, if you have a warm and comforting breakfast to look forward to, it’s that much easier to get going in the morning. Look for warm and filling breakfast recipes that fill the home with fragrance and fill little ones’ tummies.