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I get a ton of praise for being a morning person by my friends. The truth is, I love it. I love to absorb the silence around my house before my kids wake up and the crazy begins as we attempt to get out of the door for preschool. I relish in about two hours of silent productivity before my boys wake up, and the struggle begins. The willpower battles over what shirt to wear, what we will eat for breakfast, and what is acceptable to pack in a backpack. It can be easy, even as a parent, to take for granted how lucky we are to send our children to school. Emergen-C® is integral part of my morning routine, and recently I was pleased to learn of their work with Charity Water. Children in Ethopia, especially little girls, carry roughly 40 pounds of water jugs to their families. These obligations make it virtually impossible for them to attend school, and often the water is too dirty or unsafe to consume. These girls would welcome the opportunity to get dressed for formal education every morning! Charity Water, the charity Emergen-C® supports, has a plight in Ethopia they are currently sponsoring. Back to school season can be immensely stressful, but it can’t begin to compare to the pressure of carrying over 40 pounds of water to provide my family with water to drink. I thought you might be interested in learning about their current The #40Pounds Challenge. Right now, if you share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #40Pounds and tag @emergenc. Emergen-C® will donate $5.00 to Charity Water! This is a really incredible opportunity, and I love when social media is used for good! For my photo below, I was photographed with a forty pound tree stump. It was unbelievably heavy, and I hate to think of carrying that daily to provide for my family. Let alone, my children being responsible for transporting something so heavy.
If you are fortunate enough to not be carrying multiple jugs of water, and have a need for a more streamlined morning on school days. I have some tips as a morning person, I would love to share.
- A good morning begins the night before. Before going to bed, make a list of the top five things you need to accomplish the following day. Decide what you’ll do first, and plan your outfit accordingly. Lay out your clothes so you don’t have to agonize over what to wear the next day. I really believe in starting this habit with your kids at a young age. I find it helps a ton with temper tantrums over clothes! 2. Wake up before your kids. Unless your kids wake up at like 4:00 am, I really recommend waking up before they do. It is so wonderful to get going before your kids start to stir. I found this to be especially true, when my son was living with sleep apnea. He woke up so cranky! I found it was helpful to my family for me to get my morning started with some quiet time before he woke up mad at the world! This habit has really stuck with me. Just enjoying some quiet time is really helpful in the mornings, or getting breakfast in the oven, throwing on some nice clothes and makeup. (I like to get dressed for “work” each day.) I love to have a cup of hot coffee and then follow that up with a cup of hot Emergen-C®
- “Emergen-C® is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants† , electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges^. With over 20 flavors, you have plenty of delicious varieties to choose from.” † Zinc and Manganese ^Based on the USDA.gov nutrient database value for a large, raw orange. You can grab some Emergen-C® at your local Wal-Mart store in the vitamins aisle. It is so delicious warmed up!
3. Put everyone’s shoes by the door. I don’t care if they are thrown or gently placed by the door, but everyone in this house has to put their shoes by the door. Nothing can throw off a morning like not being able to find someone’s shoes. Am I right?
4. Spend at least 5-10 minutes on the floor with your kids. I know how busy the mornings can be, like completely hectic. Just take a few minutes on the ground, at their level with your kids. Every time I do this, with intention, I’m glad that I did. They get their tanks filled up for the morning hours and they are way more likely to cooperate and be sweet.
5. Eat a good breakfast. Nourish yourself. Try to eat together as a family, if you can. Spend a little time discussing what you’ll do today.
6. Encourage someone else. It can be a family member or friend, but take a couple minutes to say something especially kind and encouraging to a friend or family member. Lifting up a member of your family can be such an uplifting feeling
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”