#MomWinWednesday– The One in Which I Refrain from Yelling–Plus FREE Bedtime Checklist!

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Good Mornings Start at Night

It is no secret that I am a mom who yells too much. I’ve talked about it before here. I come from a long line of yellers. My grandma even managed to yell in two languages.

I also am really, really, working on this. I’ve been working on this for almost 21 years.

It is NOT getting any easier.

However, my empathetic side tells me that I would be CRUSHED if someone yelled at me every single morning.

And so, I really work to tame my tongue.

I also remind myself that good mornings begin at night. Meaning, the more that I prepare for our mornings the night before, the smoother things will go. Sadly, at night, what I would prefer to do is knit or crochet and binge watch shows. Being a grown-up is hard sometimes.

You can download this free printable bedtime checklist!

I’m working on implementing a checklist for the kids (and for me too!) so that we can help our mornings go a little smoother. I’ll share it with you here. I’ve left space for you to add some tasks that might be unique to your family as well! My girls love clipboards, so I have laminated this checklist and given them each a clipboard and a dry erase marker to check off each task.

Hopefully, as we get used to checking off our items each night, mornings will become easier and easier!

Chime in! How do you tame the morning crazies? Share your tips with other moms in the comments, or pop over to the Facebook page and join the conversation there!


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About the author : Dakotapam

I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including toddler twin girls. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!

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  1. Lisa - February 2, 2017 Reply

    I admit it – I am also a mom who yells. And everything you say here is spot on. It doesn’t work for any of us.
    We do have a job checklist for Zilla, but we took it down to update it and…never put it back up. So that’s on MY list for the day. For me, I use my day planner as my checklist, but perhaps I should show my daughter how that’s true so she understands that we all need lists, not only her, and that it’s not a form of punishment or an indication of mistrust, simply a tool to help get things done. All three of us in this house have ADHD so you can image how difficult it can be to remember things for ourselves and for one another. It’s a challenging life here!
    Thanks for the reminder, Pam.

    • Dakotapam - February 2, 2017 Reply

      Yes, with my older kids I model using my bullet journal to manage my life. They don’t always get it. . .but I hope they eventually learn. My older ones are all boys and executive function takes so long to develop in them, if ever. I’m hoping that with starting early with the girls, we can build good habits early on.

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