Getting up before the kids – why it’s a game changer

I get up half an hour before my children every day. I must be mad, right? Wrong. How many times do you snooze the alarm when it goes off? Or do you have numerous alarms with the latest one titled ‘GET UP NOW!’ I used to get up on that last alarm, shower while Little Man was having a conversation with me about the latest Lego build he’d created. Little Lady would end up freaking out at the noise of my hairdryer, it was a super stressful way to start the day and this was when I had a full day of work to do too.  I don’t really think this helped my anxiety in the morning and would often result in anxiety all day because I had found it hard to think straight. So I started getting up on the first alarm and it made such a difference to the way I started my day, here’s how.

Organised for the day

One of the reasons I love doing this is because I love to be organised. I hate the feeling of walking out the door feeling I have forgotten something. Having a few minutes downstairs on my own means I can check the kids clothes are sorted, write a list for the day, put water bottles in bags, get out the breakfast cereal. They all sound like small things but they can make a huge difference to how your morning and the rest of your day will go.

Peace and quiet

Getting up before the kids means I can eat my breakfast in peace, it’s the most important meal of the day and I really enjoy sitting at the kitchen table alone having a scroll through Instagram whilst I eat. I get ready by myself too; I have been known to leave the house with only one eye with make up on because I’ve been distracted! There is nothing like a quiet house first thing in the morning while everyone else is sleeping (hopefully) and you have 5 minutes with your own thoughts!

Start the day in a good mindset

Lets be honest, mornings with kids are probably the most stressful part of the day. I find it really helps to know all of the things I need to do for me are already done and I can focus on getting them fed, dressed, and out the door. A good morning mindset sets you up for a good day.


So those are the main three reasons why getting up before the kids has been a game changer for me. I have early risers so I do get up very early but I find it worth half an hours lost sleep.  It does take a bit of practice to find a new routine that works for you and your kids especially when you have early risers but it really is worth it. By having that half an hour to myself, I feel calm and ready to face the day.  Lets face it, there aren’t a lot of moments in the day when you have young children around where you will be able to sit and breath and think straight so this is the perfect time of day to do it. Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t always work and some days I still find myself in the shower with Little Man sat on the loo having a chat but nine times out of ten I get a peaceful morning and they get a calm Mummy.

Do you get up before the kids? Let me know if you try it out.



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I’m Rachel, a 30 something Mum to 6 year old Little Man & 2 year old twin girls (one with us & one in the sky).

I’m an anxiety sufferer, list writer and secret chocolate eater.

Join me going from anxious to organised.

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