If You Got Up 30 Minutes Before Your Kids Do …

Imagine a world where your home is peaceful and quiet, where no one is asking you to get this or make that … Imagine being in this world for 30 minutes.

If You Got Up 30 Minutes Before Your Kids Do …

Inspired to Get Up Early

Instead of being abruptly jolted out of dream state by your kids, you can intentionally wake up at least a half hour before they do. You’d be amazed at how much you can accomplish in that time when you’re not distracted by so many other things. Here are some suggestions on how to make use of those 30 minutes.


“I never have time to read.” Many moms, including me, have expressed this frustration. But if we truly wanted to, we would make time for it. I love being able to read the Bible and pray and truly be alone with God. Remember that 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading time is huge for a mom of little ones!


Again, this falls in the “never have time for” department. We can commit to exercise if we truly see it as important. I’m preaching to myself here, folks!

Drink a Hot Cup of Coffee … real slow

Not lukewarm. Not reheated 5 times. A hot, freshly brewed cup of coffee. Or whatever it is that you like to enjoy without interruption.



It’s amazing how a shower or just getting out of my pajamas can signal the start of my day with the kids. If I wait until the afternoon, then I can tell you that all the time before that was probably not used well.


You can actually respond to those emails and text messages without feeling rushed. So difficult to do during the day when your littles are trying to get your attention, and you are at the mercy of autocorrect.


Keeping a log of the happenings in your world is a wonderful way to preserve a piece history for the generation to come. Wouldn’t it be neat, when your children are grown, for them to read about what life was like for you as a mom?

Inspired to Get Up Early

Food Prep

Have breakfast ready for your sleepy-eyed children and lunches packed for those going to school and/or work. You can even do some dinner preparations, like getting the slow cooker going or precutting some vegetables.

Hobby or Project

Devoting just a few minutes each day might bring you closer to finishing that project than just leaving it on the table untouched while you wait for a whole day to free up so you can tackle it.

Clean Up

A quick clean up could mean one less thing on the day’s to do list. So let’s tidy up before those kids wake up and create more mess for you to clean up.

Make a List of Goals

Just 2 to 4 goals. My husband has encouraged me to include in my goals at least one fun thing, whether it’s something I want to do on my own or with the children. Things can get crazy busy sometimes that we forget to simply do something we enjoy.

What would be on your “Before the Kids Wake Up” list?

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20 thoughts on “If You Got Up 30 Minutes Before Your Kids Do …

  1. I love that quiet time in the morning before the kids get up! I don’t always get up a half an hour before the kids, but even 15 minutes helps me accomplish a few things and take a nice shower.

  2. This is so, so true – what a wonderful article… my kids are grown – but for years as a working mother I would try to get up early to have some quite time with the Lord, and/or me time, and/or get some quick chores done around the house!

  3. Drinking a cup of coffee real slow while looking out the window or watching the morning news. Yes! Pure bliss. Maybe I’ll try it in the a.m. Thanks for the nudge forward!

    1. I know what you mean. I wish my kids would sleep in more. We have a rule that they can’t get out of bed before 7, so if they wake up earlier and can’t get back to sleep, they can do something, like read or play quietly. Those that share a room can just hang out in the living room, but again, do a quiet activity. That helps out because then I can still get my morning stuff done.

    1. Yes, Crystal is very inspiring! It’s nice to get a good block of time in the morning …but it doesn’t always happen. Everyday is different. Sometimes that big chunk of time in the morning gets separated into smaller chunks of time throughout the day. 🙂

    1. Personally, I want to use my mornings for Bible reading & prayer, exercise, and blogging. All of that takes more than 30 minutes, so that means being disciplined to get up even earlier for me. I admit that it doesn’t always happen, especially when I stay up too late the night before or when baby wakes up in the middle of the night, but I always strive for an early wake-up time. When I wrote the post, I figure that most people, who aren’t used to getting up early enough before the kids wake up, would probably find it hard to start with an hour & a half or even an hour before the kids. I thought 30 minutes isn’t so bad, even if you have kids who are early risers. I wanted to inspire others to consider that even just 30 minutes can allow you to accomplish some things. Thanks for asking and for reading! 🙂

      1. Thanks for your response! My kids aren’t early risers, thankfully. I am not a morning person at all so I am trying to work on actually getting going in the morning! I spend so much time just adjusting to the reality of being awake again 🙂
        Those goals are great and I can see how they would take more than 30 minutes. Alright, I’ll give this a go this week!

        1. Hope you’re doing well with your goal to get up earlier! I normally don’t struggle so much with this, but it has been tough lately, realizing that I really need to be more disciplined with going to bed earlier and that I’m not as young and energetic as I used to be. 🙂 I hope you’re seeing some of the benefits of getting up just a bit earlier than the kids. Wishing you well! 🙂

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