Morning routines?

Keri - posted on 03/04/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I have a two year old and 1 year old. When i wake up...im so tired. I dont ever know what to do with my kids. I feed change and dress them. But because its so early...i dont know what to do with them after that. I am a stay at home Mommy so im there with them all day. In the morning i have trouble thinking of what to do.



What are your morning routines?

I mean people who stay home all day with their kids and whos kids dont go to school yet.

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Lucy - posted on 03/07/2010

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Hi Keri, I was a stay at home mom until my kids were both old enough to go to kindergarten. Each day was different, but I usually worked in certain components. Mornings were not as hard as you make them out to be IF you get enough sleep, proper nutrition, and invigorating exercise earlier in the day. We walked nearly every day, sometimes with the carriage, sometimes with the older one walking and me carrying the younger one. They were 2 1/2 years apart. Both were in diapers for a brief time and I used cloth as the disposable ones gave them severe rash.

Breakfast was always fun and messy. At that age, foods that could be picked up with little fingers worked best. Sometimes I'd make a BIG bowl of oatmeal and let them "share" with mommy.

We had a yard out back and planted little pots of bean plants and watched them grow each day. They had to be watered.

Beds had to be made, Dishes had to be washed up. I let them bang around with the pots and pans with a couple of big spoons while I cleaned up after breakfast. We often took our first walk after that.

Coming home we retired to the playroom and chose books to look at or toys to play with. Squabbling over toys was totally forbidden in our house. Soon it is time to prepare lunch. Naps happen after lunch. We all took our nap in the king sized bed in mommy's room, with mommy sleeping with us (you need that extra down time).

Mid afternoon could be another walk, or a drive to the grocery store. We might go outside if its warm and wash the car, while both kids play in the playpen (big sister "babysat" for little brother. I was right there totally supervising. If the weather was not good, we went inside and read the "funny papers" mommy saved from the Sunday paper, or we spread newspaper on the floor and finger painted. Use your imagination...what is fun for YOU?

Bathtime after that, before starting dinner. Clean little ones played in the kitchen until daddy came home, while mommy prepared yummy dinner. After dinner, teeth get brushed, and bedtime stories are read. Then, the light goes off.

Honey, it won't be long before those two are 35 years old and you'll be doing the exact same things with your grandchildren! Relax and have fun!

MaryEllen - posted on 03/06/2010

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I have a 3-yr-old and an almost-2-yr-old. We get up, straighten the 3-yr-old's bed, get dressed, eat, and then do silly active games together (taking turns riding the "Mommy horsie," tickling them, "this little piggy," using them as weights for leg lifts, whatever). That helps me wake up, too. Then I read books to them. If they stay engaged in that on their own, I'll go start cleaning. But usually then they watch a video and I go shower (I don't usually manage to do this earlier!) and finish cleanup stuff. After that, we cycle randomly through various play areas/activities (like Lego, games like Cariboo, books, going outside to play, coloring, books, rolling/kicking balls, puzzles, books - can you tell my littles like books?) or go do errands in the car. We have a library day once a week, and I go to a women's Bible study where they're babysat once a week. But yeah. Mornings can seem eternal.

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Moerieda - posted on 03/23/2010

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You are so lucky to be a stay-at-home-mommy!! I would give the world to be that as I have so much to do with my children and i find that there is just not enough time in a day or the time we get to spend together.
After their breakfast in the morning, take them for a walk or take them to the park or something where you can play with them. You will also meet some other mothers and you and your kids can get acquinted with them or you could join a children's play group where all moms and tots/kids meet in the morning and do fun stuff together. After lunch, put your kids down for a nap and take one yourself so by the time they wake up, you feel refreshed, believe me, it works. You will even be in a rejuvenated state to spend time with your husband after you have put the kids to bed.
I take naps with my two daughters aged 2 and 6 on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon (if we don't have any prior commitments), I feel refreshed and so does the girls, so NO grumpiness from mommy or the children.
Try this and let me know how its going.

Meg - posted on 03/08/2010

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after reading your reply it made me smile. how lovely, i have given my little one of 21 months her own cupboard in the kitchen where she can help herself to plastic beakers and bowls etc while i'm busy 'doing' she is too, and enjoying it

Meg - posted on 03/08/2010

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i oftern think that to myself when we've had a bout of bad weather and going out for a walk or to the swings isn't really on the cards. fresh air is the key with my little one and if gong out isn't an option to be honest i make the most of staying in, catching up on house work and include her as if its fun, or poping over to a friends with other kids fills up a morning for me, befor its time for an early lunch and nap.

She has her favourite programs and loves to draw pictures, we build towers and play in her pop up house and dance in the living room to her babie party dvd, while i'm hoovering or dusting. its not allways the same thing each day, if we can go out or i need to go out we do that and then its lunch time befor i no it. i'm a believer in routine but you can't beet a bit of variation along side it.

CINDY - posted on 03/08/2010

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Hi Keri,
I have a 2 year old boy that is really active... He wakes up at about 06h30 every morning and only has an afternoon nap again at about 13h00. In the morning after he has woken up i make him some tea and we watch "Barney and friends" together, when thats finished he helps me make breakfast.... sounds silly, but helping mommy beat the eggs, buttering the toast or even stirring the porridge is loads of fun for them plus it knocks of a good 20minutes or so.... We eat breakfast together, then get dressed and ready for the day.
our activities differ everyday so that he wont fall bored. So heres a short list in what i do, hopefully it can help you:
* take him to monkeynastix class
* colour in pictures
* Give him an old magazine to page through (altho its usually more fun for them to rip out the pages)
* Play hide & seek
* Make some different coloured clay (flour, water, salt and oil) seperate the batch in 4 and add your different food colourings.... Give them some shape cutters and that should keep them busy for almost an hour! If you want to be more experimental... get a plastic bowl and mix some maizenna with a little water (It should be hard when u pick it up and almost melt in you fingers afterwards) ....That fascinates my son for ages!
* Build blocks together then crash them down when they finished built. Always gives my son a good laugh.
* Take him for bike rides for some fresh air
* Wash the toys (make sure to add extra soap to the water) lots of foam = lots of fun!
* Teach him a new song with lots of hand , feet and body movements (it can be any song, even if its just one u make up in your head as u go along)
* Get a big paint brush and roller and tell ask him to paint the wall or gate.. (just use some water paint thinned down with water) it washes off again with water....

Here at about 11h45, he goes for swimming classes.... which also knocks off about an hour ... Good luck!!

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We have plenty of stay at home/relaxing mornings when we snuggle and read, play games - my kids LOVE crafts - it's the first thing they go to almost every morning - the stack of colored construction paper and crayons, stickers, stamps, etc I keep stored in reachable drawers in the pantry. They'd do crafts all day....but at least 2 days a week my morning routine is get the kids up, fed, dressed and out the door. I would recommend, if your'e not a member of a gym with daycare, you should find a one, and be picky, find a good one. It gives them time to play with other kids similar in age and gives me some much needed me-time and the exercise and endorphins created makes a world of difference in my mood, stress and ability to be engaged with them the rest of the day. It helps that they LOVE going to day care because they're not just sitting playing by themselves or watching TV (there is no TV), they play games, do crafts, read books or go to the gym for other fun activities. I've also found a tremendous amount of natural energy through a nutritional program we've been using. It helps me sleep better, my kids sleep better and actually later and don't wake during the night, and we are all much better rested and have more natural energy during the day. A few added bonuses for the kids: their immune systems have been improved so much none of us have been sick for over 2 years so we are never cooped up in the house for days at a time and their moods are much more even (yes, they still have their moments) due to a more balanced brain chemistry.

Morgan - posted on 03/06/2010

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just before you go to bed at night, take a one a day womens multivitamin table. after a 3 or four days of doing this you should find that your not so tired of a morning and can operate without auto-pilot switched on!! a shower of a morning helps to clear the cobwebs too, as well as coffee and a healthy breakfast. it works for me, my kids are 3yrs old and 4.5yrs old and are on the go as soon as they wake up.

Charlotte - posted on 03/05/2010

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Mornings Mornings Mornings... that is my most dreaded time of the day. I am a stay at home mom with a 2 year old1 year old and 2 month old Twins. My routine is very simple.. I wake up about an hour after my husband leaves to work.. which is at 6am. So at 6am I get up and take care of my personal hygine.. Then I pick out all my babies clothes for the day and take them down stairs and count out all the diapers I know I will be using for that day. I start preping breakfast if I feel like making eggs or pancakes. Then I run back up the stairs get the twins and bring them down to the Living room where I get them dressed and then feed them there 1st bottle of the day. That takes about an hour. At 7am and if I am lucky 8am my 2 year old and 1 year old wake up. I get them dressed teeth brushed hair brushed and then I finish up cooking breakfast and while I am doing that they almost always go into there play room and play with there cars and toys.. Then about 830am they are eating bf and the twins are in there swings sleeping. After bf I always let them watch elmo while i clean up the kitchen. Then I get on the computer while they are watching elmo.. after elmo is over i let my daughter who is 2 color at the table and I sit with her while feeding the twins. My 1 year old son sits in the high chair watching us and plays with some odd end toys. After that its about 11am.. I turn on the music and we dance together to get our blood flowing.. they love doing this everyday!!! Then at 12 I make lunch. After that I put my 1 year in his bed for a nap and my 2 year old stays down stairs and I turn on cartoons for her to watch while sitting on the couch.. and if I feel like she is tired and cranky I turn on soothing music and she naps on the couch. I feed the twins again and then sit and watch a tv show or get on the computer.. That pretty much is how my mornings go... Hope this helps and give you some ideas!!!!!

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Hi Keri, My kids are 3 and 2... They are usually 4.30 5am risers.. I find if i change a wet nappy i can get a little more time... otherwise i put a dvd on for them.. wiggles/hi-5 or Dora so I can get that little more sleep in. Breakfast is between 6 6.30 and after that i might let them finish the dvd or i turn it off and they have to play.. usually with blocks when they were smaller we did art and craft,, outside time.. rolling balls going to a park or for a walk.. now they have a trampoline and can amuse themselves without too much input. they are ready for another sleep by 11-12pm and will sleep for an hour or so and i get a rest in then. It's a habit i got into when my daughter was born and i was able to get the both of them to sleep at the same time once my son was born.. it's my saving grace to get through the afternoon... if they are happy playing by themselves thats when i get in and do some housework. If it is one of those days i don't sweat it and thats when i take them out of the house to give them a change of senery and look at doing some stuff when they go to bedeither at lunch or at night depending on how i feel. Bedtime at night for my kids is 7-7.30pm and putting them to bed later doesn't get them to sleep in just makes them feral the next day. Arvo is just free run around time.. stories.. and possibly a bit of tv to give me some time to organise dinner...keep them busy they will sleep i find if my kids have spent too much time in front of the tv they are just nuts.. Hope this helps..

Danielle - posted on 03/05/2010

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my daughter is 20 months old gets up at about 8-8:30..i get ber breakfast ready and turn on the tv for lie 40 mins while she eats and chills out. I then get her clothes ready and myself dressed and tidy up ( if i was 2 tired to do it the night b4)...then we do her hair and brush teeth. Sometimes we go for a walk or she has some outdoor play :)...or we do imaginative play ( usually dolls which she takes for walks)...She is usually in bed by 10 though,lol..and sleeps till lunch...the last couple of days she has decided she doesnt want to sleep so we do painting or drawing or puzzles...i actually sort of follow a daycare routine when im not working just to stimulate her.



However at my work ( daycare)...for the early kids ( ones that are there at 7) we have a quick breakfast and then free play...at about 8 we set up the arts area which usually has a drawing and crayon table..and then either painting, collage, scissor use ( supervised of course) pasting, or play dough. This goes until about 9-9:30..then we have pack up...story time and song time and then morning tea before 10am..



Each morning the activites vary for the stimulation area..sometimes there are building blocks, puzzles, babushka dolls...sort of construction play i suppose.



Anyway these are just a few helpful hints. good luck

Medic - posted on 03/04/2010

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We have a 3.5 year old son and a 6 week old daughter.....my daughter I feed on demand still so I am up and down with her buy my son wakes up between 7-8:30 and comes lays in our bed and watches the disney channel because we can't miss Mickey Mouse Club House or Handy Manny and now Chuggington....but he watches the first two shows then works his way around going to get dressed(he doesn't eat until he has been awake for awhile) then once hes dressed around 9 I get up my daughter get her dressed and we go downstairs together and we eat breakfast and hes a slow eater so hes done around 930-10 then we go outside and play for a while and I carry my daughter in either a sling or moses wrap so she just goes along for the ride. After about an hour we come inside and he plays while I clean or fold clothes and he usually does some school work to practice what he does at school two days a week. And then its lunch and nap time....it all kind of flows but I know I'm lucky because neither of my kids are morning people and my son goes to bed by 8p and my daughter goes to bed at 7p so I have never had the 6am mommy get up experience.

Adrienne - posted on 03/04/2010

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Hi Keri,
I have a 2 1/2year old and a 1 1/2 year old. I'm also 27 days away from having my third child. I know what you mean about the morning routine. After feeding them, changing them and brushing their teething I'm so tired (doesn't help that I'm pregnant either). Some mornings I read to them or sing some songs with them. But once the weather is nicer and the baby is born I plan on taking them for walks which will help wake me up and make them tried.

Kylie - posted on 03/04/2010

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hi keri i like to take my son for a walk in the morning just to get some fresh air and when we get home he likes to go out the back a play on the tramp and swings run around a bit they soon get tired

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