Week One of 2011 is over. How did you manage? Did you set goals for yourself? Did the week feel any different for you?
We made a few changes and I can tell a difference in our family in one week already.
Last year, when I would get my kids up for school, I’d wait until the last possible minute to jump out of bed, get the kids up and we’d rush through the obstacles to get ready – dress fast, eat fast, make lunches, pack backpacks and GO, GO, GO!
This year (all 5 days of last week), I decided to try something different. I set my alarm earlier. What a concept! Last week, we had no stressful mornings. We were all able to spend a few minutes waking up, cuddling together, and those of us who needed showers took them. I managed a shower every single morning last week, and that in itself was an amazing feat!
Not once did I hear, “I don’t want to go to school today.” Not once did I hear groans about getting up, or complaints that they were too tired. This was also because along with our new plan of getting up earlier, we’ve made it a plan to settle in at night a bit earlier (me included – no more after-midnight bedtimes for me!).
It really made a difference for all of us last week. I just hope as we move into Week Two and beyond, I can keep up with this momentum. I like having a happy well-rested family. Heck, I like being happy and well-rested!
Have you tried anything new to your routine in 2011 that you’re excited about?