For years, I slept until I had to get out of bed. I was exhausted and grumpy and barely functioning.

A toddler would come wobbling into my room with a loud shout of “Mommy!” and I’d crawl out of bed, feeling my way to the coffee maker.

In the evenings, by the time I got water, and blankies, tucked them in “snug as a bug”, sang songs, and took them on one last potty break. I’d throw myself on the couch, catching up on all the stuff, until I could no longer keep my eyes open. As I crawled into bed, I’d make myself a promise: tomorrow I would finally wake up early. I would greet my little people with a hug and a kiss not with a snarl and groan.

I bet you know exactly what I’m talking about. Perhaps you are barely functioning as you read this.

After years of telling myself I’d changed my ways. I finally did. And WOW, has it revolutionized my life. Really.

There are all kinds of articles out there telling you why you should wake up early. You can do a quick google search and read some of them. But Mama, here is the real reason, the ONLY reason, you should get up before your kids.

YOU.

You are worth it. Whether you get up to workout, or sit in solitude, by starting the day the way you choose you are allowing yourself to charge up before you begin to give of yourself. All. Day. Long. As women, we spend so much time pouring out we need time to refill. And let’s face it, we are usually too exhausted in the evenings to do so. We’re depleted, empty, and running on fumes.

In the morning we have a chance to wake and do what we want while we’re full, while we have the brain space and physical capacity to do so.

You’ve heard the stewardess on the airplane explain that if you’re traveling with a child, you must first secure your oxygen mask before you put their’s on. What good are you doing your child if you pass out before you can help them? This is the same idea. How can you possibly be of use to your family if you have nothing to give?

If the idea of waking before you kids sends you into a panic attack, take a quick chill pill; it doesn’t have to be five am, simply wake up 15 minutes earlier, then add on more time as you are able. Start small and build. I think you’ll be surprised by how just a few minutes can change your whole day. You are worth it.