I am not now, nor have I ever been, a morning person. But I get up early anyway most days, now that I have all the small people who need so much from me.
I've learned, through trial and error (and error!), that those minutes in the early morning are the key to the rest of the day going smoothly. As much as I am loathe to admit it, getting up before my kids just works best.
Because let me tell you, I am NOT ready to greet my children with a smile on my face when I am first woken up in the morning. If they wake me up before I am ready, I am cranky. And it lasts throughout the day.
So as counterintuitive as it might seem, I've learned that getting up before the kids is even more important for someone who is not a morning person. I need that extra time to wake up, to have a cup of coffee, to get myself fully alert and moving around and ready to be in the moment with them. It is those mornings that I've been up for a while that I am most giving with the hugs, most willing to pause for extra snuggles, most likely to greet everyone with a smile, and the least stressed.