Giving Some of My Morning to My Son

Making changes to my morning routine to accommodate my early-bird third-grader.

Anna Burgess Yang
3 min readMay 5, 2021
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Mornings are my sacred time. I am usually awake between 4:00 and 4:30 a.m. Coffee, journal, reading, then writing. At 6:45 I wake my husband and by 7:00 we make sure that the kids are moving so that they can be ready for school. But this means I usually have more than two hours of uninterrupted “me” time for focused writing.

About two weeks ago, my 9-year-old son began appearing in my office around 6:00 a.m. After greeting me, he would perch on the nearby daybed. Sometimes he would lie down. He was quiet, but his presence was distracting.

The minutes would go by and I had one eye on him, one eye on my writing. Finally, he would announce that he was hungry and ask me to help him get a bagel. I begrudgingly would go to the kitchen and retrieve a plate from the cupboard and bagels from the top shelf in the fridge. He’d want a glass of milk to go with his bagel so I would pour it for him.

This entire process was short, but it was enough to disrupt my morning routine. Try as I might, I couldn’t settle back into writing after that. Day after day, I felt like 45 minutes had been stolen from me each morning.

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Anna Burgess Yang

Freelance Writer. Practical Tips for Solopreneurs. Career pivots are fun. 🎉 https://start.annabyang.com/