Friday, September 3, 2010

Shower Power!

The kids and I have been studying diligence over the last two weeks and I've been convicted that 1.) we aren't getting up early enough and 2.) when we do wake up, we're too sleepy to be much good for anything.  I guess I'm a morning person.  I'm worthless at night for just about anything other than reading (or blogging :).  But, when I wake up in the morning, I'm ready for the day.  I've noticed, though, that my kids do not share my morning gene

So, what's the problem with being a little foggy in the morning?  The problem is, we begin our day with devotions first thing in the morning because I feel like God's Word should be FIRST in our day, not what's leftover, if we get to it.  The problem with reading the Bible and working on Scripture memory and character training first thing in the morning is that my kids really haven't been at their best for the most important part of our day.  I needed a solution.  I needed them to become morning people.  Here's what I came up with: 

Not exactly an original solution, I know.  I've started waking them up about 15 minutes earlier (6:30 instead of 6:45) and throwing them in the shower.  Guess what?  It works like a charm.  Those extra 15 minutes are paying dividends BIG TIME!  They're making their beds now as soon as they wake up (the girls take turns in the shower so while one showers the other one makes her bed and lays her clothes out.)  They're also getting dressed before our morning devotions.  This means that half their morning chores are already done before 7 am!  It also means they're awake for Bible time and then Greek. 

I'm thrilled with the change and the kids are happy, too.  A shower first thing in the morning wakes them up and gets all of us off to a good start each day!


  1. I think I will try that for myself starting next week. Somewhere along the line of life I changed and now I'm not a morning person. My son is extremely morning oriented and the two don't mix all of the time. :)

  2. Celee,
    This is so interesting to me because I am not a morning person, but the kids start back to school next week and I am determined that I am going to rise n' shine at 6am so that I have some time to pull things together before the munchkins wake up. Awhile back, I started showering in the evening so that I would have more time in the morning. Showering in the morning means that I have to get the kids entertained with something so that I could hop in the shower. After reading this post, though....I'm thinking that I should try getting up early (even if it kills me!) and get in the shower RIGHT AWAY. Then, I would be refreshed and could start my day with my Bible reading etc. BEFORE the kids have to get up! Hmmmmm.....

  3. So true - I know if I have a morning shower I have a much quicker start to my day too.
    My kids are the opposite - they are bright in the morning (unfortunately mummy isn't so much!!)
    Have a lovely weekend

  4. I am going to try this!! showering in the am might work well for us too! i'll let you know how it goes :)



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