It’s been awhile since I’ve sat down and written on the blog (surprise, surprise!), but since my husband is out for the night, I thought I would give a little update on what life looks like right now. This year we had the option to send my son off to junior kindergarten, but we felt he wasn’t ready to be in full days of school just yet. Plus, as I’ve met more and more lovely homeschool families, I’ve begun to research and pray about it myself. My husband and I aren’t sure what next year looks like just yet, so for now I’m fully embracing new rhythms as a mostly stay-at-home mom (still doing some dietitian work). One of these rhythms my son and I began in August is morning time.
Before kids, I’d like to say I was a morning person. I would take early university classes, wake early for tests (I hated staying up late to cram), and be the first one to jump at getting together for a morning coffee. Two kids later, I think I fall into the “take it slow” mama category as homeschooling mom Ainsley Armet puts it. These days I’ve been waking up at the same time as my early-rising children, and for the first time, I think I’m okay with that.
However, I still love the morning and the sense of newness each day brings. Once the kids are done with breakfast and I’ve had a chance to wash some dishes and tidy the kitchen, my four-year old and I gather at the dinner table or couch for morning time. I heard about the concept of morning time when I started looking into homeschooling and fell in love with the idea. This time we’ve begun to set aside each day I hope sets the tone of our our family culture for years to come. Instead of beginning the day rushing from one thing to the next, we spend it together studying the Word, reading prayers or singing hymns, reciting scripture, and sometimes reading passages from other books.
Here’s what we’ve include in our morning time over the past two months:
This is just a little of what morning time has been looking like right now. Each day is a little different. Sometimes we will spend 30 minutes on “morning time”… other times we will spend just 10 minutes. As the kids get older and depending on if we homeschool next year or not, morning time will adapt with us; but at minimal, the goal is to start each day in the Word and together as a family.
I recently listened to a Wild + Free podcast on mornings and they had more ideas including memorizing poems and Shakespeare, read-alouds (including science, history, or literature), music or art appreciation, handicrafts, skip-counting recitation, and history/geography recitation. For families whose kids attend a public or private school, I think morning time would also be a great time to talk and pray with your kids about the day’s activities, their friends, and teachers.
Now it’s your turn… do you have any morning rhythms or rituals at your house? What would you like to start doing with your family? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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Hello, I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like!
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