I remember, faintly through flashes of sleep deprivation, feeding my newborn in the wee hours of the night and racking my new momma brain wondering if I would ever learn a routine. I would sit with one arm cradling a hungry baby and the other rapidly scouring Pinterest pages to try to get even an idea of how a “normal” moms schedule looked.
Fast forward to that once tiny baby on the verge of being a three-year old I still search for what makes a good routine.
Life is ever changing, and I have learned quickly we have to roll with the punches. Either way, a very close friend reached out to me with a solid parenting topic. Both stay at home and working parents, if you are the one that stays with your kids the majority of the day, then this post is for you.
What makes you “work,” or as the question was so asked to me “What do you need on a daily basis to function.”
Like I said before, life gets crazy, and somehow our iron clad schedules and routine get thrown out the window. What do you need on a daily basis to keeps you functioning, happy and healthy?

For someone who has no real routine in her life right now, I sure do miss and need it. There are just some things that I like to do on a daily basis that make me feel a little more like a normal functioning member of society. My daughter goes to a “school” program for a couple of hours two days a week. On those two days, it is vital that I make the absolute most of my time alone. Anything is possible with a child in tow, but let’s face it, if it first you don’t succeed, try again without the help of a toddler.
If I am lucky, I like to wake up about 45 min to an hour before my girl gets up. That hour gives me time to shower and get coffee which always means putting my best foot forward.
I like to get dressed, and breakfast started, so I can focus on my little whirlwind and getting her ready and off to start her day.

After thinking and responded to my friend’s questions I put the ball in her court and asked her the same. She is the mom to a one-year-old baby girl with a sweet one on the way.
As usual, she provided some substantial insight.
“I have to clean the kitchen before I go to bed. The home is my workplace, and I spend most of my time in the kitchen. I have to wake up to it as an organized and happy place.”

How valid? If your home is your primary place of work, then your kitchen probably is the hub of your home. Walking into a clean kitchen in the morning honestly can be the difference between grumbling irritation and the start of a good day. Sort of like making your bed and walking into a clean room.
She also mentioned some things that were simply “self-care” which I think are fantastic ideas.

“I love to shower at night so that I can wake up clean and have a low maintenance morning routine. I have to get up at least an hour before my daughter so that I can chill and plan what I want to do for the day. I love to stretch in the morning and before bed.
It’s little things like lotioning up before bed, using a new cleanser in the shower, and brushing my hair out make me feel refreshed regardless of what happened for the day.”
Doing something for yourself doesn’t mean some grand or expensive gesture. It’s the little things that are important, just a little self-love

I know that she mentioned a good stretch to start her day, I love incorporating some chest opening yoga poses in the morning. Yoga and stretching have proved to be a wonderful way to get things rolling in the morning. During your flow and movement establish a purpose for your day.

After our collaboration on the topic, we both concluded with how important catching up on and reading scripture was for the both of us. If you don’t start your day with opening your bible, end it that way. Give yourself time to meditate on his goodness and his word.

Now I direct the same question to you. Are there any parts of your daily routine that prove necessary to a fully functioning day? Do you have a favorite scripture you meditate on in the mornings? Drop them in the comments below.


“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:11


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Jessica McClendon

This is me, an East Tennessee transplant to Los Angeles, California, wife to Jacques McClendon, my handsome better half and mom to baby girl Madison who is two.

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