Tell the truth: do mornings make you want to tear your hair out or research boarding schools?
Do you struggle to get your kids up, dressed, fed and off to school on time with all their stuff?
Does getting through the morning without someone yelling or crying seem impossible? Some days it seems like everyone else has this morning thing figured out, so why can’t you get it together?!?
We know how you feel.
And we KNOW that you are NOT a bad mother. You’re not even hopelessly disorganized, but you are climbing Mt. Everest with bare hands.
Here’s why it’s like this: the hardest part of the day is the least supported. And it doesn’t have to be this way. You and your family deserve to have the right tools and systems in place for this important (and daily!) challenge.
You know that moment when the kids are finally out the door, and you’re sitting in your kitchen or in your car, feeling utterly defeated? What would it mean to you if instead of feeling helpless you could feel calm and connected?
The Morning Makeover 4 weeks e-course is your ticket out of the morning madness!
What you’ll learn:
- Why mornings are hard and why it’s not your fault. Understanding the connection between the inner (emotional) challenges of mornings, and the outer (logistical) challenges.
- Systems, not fires: how to put support structures in place, so you and your kids don’t have to fumble, forget, or freak out.
- Learn better alternatives to nagging.
- How to give the kids the best head start for a good day.
- How to give yourself the gift of less guilt and more connection.
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? We want this for you.
So we created an online class for you and mamas everywhere.
You can read all about this course below. If you learn best by listening, here is a recording of the preview class we held on Tuesday:
This course might be the right thing at the right time if:
- You feel pulled apart because you want to meet your child’s emotional needs, but you’re already running late!
- You wonder why your normally competent kiddo turns into a pile of mush in the morning and can’t even seem to do the most basic tasks.
- You’re sick of making extra trips to school to bring a forgotten lunchbox, and you’re way too familiar with the lady who hands out tardy passes!
- You want to bring more kindness and compassion to your interactions with your children and yourself.
- You want a step-by-step guide to building systems that really work ─ even for your quirky family!
- You appreciate the accountability and camaraderie a supportive group can provide.
Most of all, you want to send your child to school well nourished─ inside and out.
This is how it works:
The Morning Makeover e-course starts with All Good Mornings, a concise e-book and a workbook that you get via email when you register. But information without action gets you nowhere, so we’ve created a community learning experience delivered via coaching calls, video hangouts, and an online community support forum.
The written materials provide a deep understanding of why things are not working now. After the insights you will find a series of practical steps that can be customized for your family. The coaching calls and videos as well as the members forum will provide opportunities for questions and answers, individual and group interaction, sharing, and mutual support.
Why should you take this course instead of just reading the book?
This e-course gives you 4 weeks to digest, experiment, implement, tweak, and share the process with others walking the same path. It’s a safe and effective support structure, like a greenhouse for sowing tender seeds, giving them shelter to sprout and root properly before exposing them the elements. It’s a clear channel for the knowledge to effectively flow out of your head and into your life. Some people do really well implementing new knowledge on their own, for them the book is probably enough. But for many, a support structure is the bridge between knowing and doing. (The irony is that sometimes knowledge alone becomes a source of guilt: knowing what you wish you’d be doing but not following through to put it into practice can create a mean self-talk feedback loop.) Only you can tell if you are a “book person” or a “course person.” You decide.
The 4 Classes:
The e-course will start on Monday, February 9. The first conference call will happen the next day. Each week we will have a topic we are working on, which will be delivered via written materials and discussed live in a conference call or video hangout. (See detailed topic outline below.) Two of those classes will meet in the daytime and two in the evenings: that’s us trying to meet the needs of various time zones. And when you can’t join us live, you won’t miss a thing, as we will be recording everything for you to re-listen to anytime.
You’ll receive an invitation to a private Facebook group. This group will be governed by the same safe-haven culture that makes the Mama’s Comfort Camp group so kind and supportive. This will be a place to ask for help, post your success stories, and get a dose of gentle accountability so this doesn’t end up being one more e-book just sitting there on your hard drive!
Mornings are tricky territory. Please let us be your guides as you navigate from stormy to calm.
A bit about us and how this course came to be…(or who we are and why you should listen to us!)
Like you, we used to hate mornings. We used to dread them, and now we don’t. Since we suffered like everyone else, we know how a bad morning can set the tone for a yucky day. So we want to help the rest of the world’s moms (and children, and dads) avoid the morning madness.
Keeping it real: of course we have bad mornings too, but those are few and much further between! And they are no longer epically terrible. Even better, they don’t ruin the rest of the day, in part because we’ve learned how to bounce back well, too!
Meet Liz: the owner of DreamGarden Coaching and author of All Good Mornings
I have always been what you might call a little disorganized (a side effect of my right-brained superpowers)! In my pre-mama life, I managed to muddle through pretty well, but when my son started preschool, I didn’t want to be that mom. You know, the one who’s always running late, her kid half-dressed and oh yeah…. forgot to bring snack. But more than that, I didn’t want my son to suffer the consequences of my lack of organizational skills. In my determination to get us out the door, I turned into something of a drill sergeant. We got to school on time, but there were too many tears and it wasn’t fun for either of us. I knew our relationship was more important than getting to school on time, so something had to give. Something big shifted when I made our first ‘morning schedule’ and posted it on the fridge. It was a super-simple (illustrated) list, but the big shift was that it put him in charge and I became the helper instead of the nag.
In the years since then, I’ve been continually refining our systems, tweaking them as my son has grown and become more self-sufficient. Now he’s 15 and he gets himself up, showered, and dressed on his own. We eat breakfast as a family and then he packs his lunch and backpack while I have my shower. The Launch Pad ensures he has what he needs for the day and off we go. Of course nobody’s perfect, but I don’t remember the last time he forgot his homework!
I’ve seen first-hand the difference between having a crappy morning when everything goes wrong and everyone’s upset, and having a good morning where things flow, everyone can find what they need and we all start the day feeling OK. Through lots of reading, research, conversations with other moms and trial and error, I’ve learned a lot about what makes the difference between the two situations. I wrote this book because I’ve seen so many struggling families and I wanted to get this information into the hands of as many parents as possible.
Meet Yael: A Self-Kindness teacher and coach, and the Founder and Keeper of the Mama’s Comfort Camp.
I am a mama on a mission to remove guilt, shame, and blame from parenting, to make room for love, joy, and rest. My Mama’s Comfort Camp is an international online safe space where moms of kids of all ages get to talk about the hard parts of motherhood, in an environment that is free from unsolicited advice, because Mama doesn’t need more advice, mama needs more support!
You can also find me at the Self-Kindness Lab, where I teach people how to bring ease to what is, how to find spaciousness in the tight spots, and how to move (literally) through hard feelings to find comfort.
I live in Ithaca, NY with my husband and two boys (aged 11 and 6). I’m not a morning person. And mornings were getting so frustrating that I was about ready to sell my 5 year old to the circus when my friend Liz asked me to review her new book All Good Mornings.
I read the book, implemented some of the action steps and fell down on my knees in gratitude. I promptly took the kid off the circus-circuit classifieds and begged Liz to teach a month-long class. I believe (and Liz agrees!) that transformation happens best in community, where accountability, cross-pollination and love create the most fertile ground. I was also keenly aware that most of the moms in my Mama’s Comfort Camp network were in the same boat with me, desperately looking for morning relief! So I pleaded with Liz to consider turning the book into a month-long support program.
It took Liz exactly two seconds to say “yes!”, but then she surprised me by asking me to co-teach the class with her. She invited me to bring my Self-Kindness practices to this course, to help you move past whatever guilt and shame that will undoubtedly show up.
Synchronicity: as it turns out, I’d been working on a program called The Sleep Deprivation Companion, a collection of bodymind coping strategies for sleep deprived mothers (and others); now wouldn’t that stuff be relevant?
The more we talked, the more excited we both became about working together, and thus this e-course was born!
Full disclosure: I (Yael) am still a beginner at this. I’m just a bit ahead of you all, because I’ve had this book in my life for about 6 months. It made a big difference already, but there is still plenty of tweaking that can happen. That’s why I wanted to have this course in community, I need the accountability of the group just as much as you do.
Course Units: What we will be working on each week.
The Big WHY: Why mornings are hard, why it’s not your fault, and what you can do about all that.
- Understanding the connection between the inner (emotional) challenges of mornings, the outer (logistical) challenges.
- Choosing the first steps you want to implement.
- Self Kindness for Mom’s body: how to make leaving your bed less excruciating.
- Self Kindness for Mom’s heart: how to shush the inner critic and give her another job.
- How to get everyone on the same team.
The Four R’s: Repetition, Routine, Rhythm, and Reminders. How these can make your mornings better.
- Morning Schedule Worksheet.
- Testing and Tweaking your Morning Schedule.
- Self Kindness for Mom: a bit of Tired Mama Yoga ─ simple moves to love on your tired bones and joints, and reduce morning stiffness, aches, and pains ─ because those discomforts really get in the way of your ability to stay calm in the face of the stalling tactics.
Where the rubber meets the road: Specific tools, tips and strategies customized for your family.
- A Weekly Activity Chart.
- Locate your Launch Pad.
- Identify and plan any additional systems you need.
- Self Kindness for Mom: nutrient rich, fast and easy ways to feed mama! Why should you go hangry? (That’s not a typo: hangry = anger induced by hunger).
Wrap up and looking ahead. Celebrate how far you’ve come, un-stick the spots that are still sticky, plan for revisiting your systems as your children grow and change.
- Implementing, revising, testing and improving
- Creating a support structure for ourselves so things will continue to function long after the class ends.
- Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan (So a hard morning won’t ruin the whole day!)
- Self-Kindness for mom: more UnGuilting, UnShaming, gentle reframing.
If this sounds like what you want for your family ─ to make sure that their internal gas tanks ─ those reservoirs of love, confidence and self-esteem are just as full as their lunch-boxes and backpacks, then we’d love to have you join us for this transformative journey.
And: THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN FAIL THIS CLASS!
The process you’ll go through will be unique to you, and you’ll make the best of it, your way! We will support you as you find your path.
Pilot Program Pricing: $90
This program is transformative. It can make a world of difference for the whole family and we value it as such. The full price for the program is $150.
This first run is a pilot program: it’s the first time it will be presented in this manner, with conference calls, video hangouts, and video content. We will charge the $150 next time we teach this, but for those who are willing to hop on board during this first round, the price is $90.
Spread the Word discount:
Take this class for $80 if you share this course online with those who might need it.
Since almost everybody struggles in the morning, chances are your friends would appreciate knowing this class exists. So it’s a win win: we’d love your help spreading the word, because we prefer to spend our time making this class better rather than marketing and promoting it, so you get a $10 discount for helping us out.
You help us spread the word before February 8 and use this promo code: “Shared” at checkout when you sign up to the class. You don’t have to show us proof, we trust your word.
How this would work: We want to make this easy for you, so we wrote a text sample you can copy and paste on email messages to lists at the kid’s school, playgroups, churches, temples, etc… and of course on your facebook timelines and other online groups.
Then when you register, use the promo code “Shared” to get $10 off and register for $80.
Sample text to share:
Am I the only one who hates mornings?
Mornings are rough at our house, and I’m so tired of it.
I found this online class that teaches how to get everyone out the door in the morning, on time, with everything they need in hand, including their self esteem!
It sounds amazing and I’m thinking about signing up.
Check it out here: (www.allgoodmornings.com).
The journey starts when you buy the ticket!
One more reason to sign up now and not wait until the last minute, is that we will send you the e-book as soon as you complete your purchase, so you’ll have more time to read it and play with the new ideas. The book is a short read, but having more time for light bulbs to pop never hurts, right?
Pilot Program special bonus: Take the class again next fall (for free)!
We are planning to offer this course again at the beginning of the next school year. Pilot program members will get complimentary admission to the fall session, so you’ll get a chance to implement things now, live with this for a while, and have additional support when it counts the most: at the beginning of the academic year.
This is our gift to you. How do you like that?
What Parents Are Saying
Thank you very much Liz!
I thought all day long about what we talked about and by the end of the day, I had this overwhelming feeling of calmness. I feel like I finally have a plan that makes sense. I do not feel the urge to go in a completely change everything in one day, but slowly, methodically, and with collaboration from J and D. This is a first!
J told me that he finds himself lost in the mornings and he does not know what he is supposed to be doing. I see now how that is very frustrating for us both and is causing a lot of the issues we are facing each morning. I told him that if we can work together to have our checklists in one place, this will help. He was happy about that.
I woke up this morning feeling very calm and excited about where we are headed. I can’t thank you enough for your wisdom. I will keep you posted about what we tackle next.
De Bonnell (mom to 2 boys) Denver, CO
This book and workbook are lovely.
They are filling a niche that has not been addressed in any ‘get your family organized’ type stuff I have read so far ─ getting at the underlying needs of everyone involved and showing that everyone needs respect.
The transitions and connections stuff is really satisfying, like a drink of water when you’re thirsty. I especially liked how you discussed the tension between meeting your child’s needs and meeting the needs of the outside world. Too many books of this sort are written by people who are naturally inclined to the sort of behavior you need in order to be successful in the morning and so they don’t describe the foundational emotional work that needs to go into the plan, perhaps because they have never needed it. You get into that level of work without bogging people down in it.
With love and gratitude for your work,
Christine Hennebury, (mom to 2 boys) Newfoundland, Canada
We hope to see you in the class, but if this isn’t the right thing for you, CLICK HERE to check out the book as a stand alone self-study.
Just to recap, here’s what you get:
- A 52 page PDF e-book and workbook.
- 4 weeks of learning, implementing in community, with gentle guidance.
- Each week there will be a conference call or video hangout to introduce new concepts and offer coaching and answer questions.
- All group calls and hangouts will be recorded and available for re-listening as many times as you wish.
- Repeat the class if you wish: joining us now gives you a free invitation to participate in this class again, next time it is offered, at the beginning of the next academic year.
You get all of that for $90, or just $80 if you help spread the word before February 3rd.
Want a taste-test?
Listen to our preview tele-class
You will learn:
- 3 reasons mornings are so hard (and why it’s not your fault!)
- 3 things you can do immediately to make your mornings easier
- How a 4 week class can transform your mornings forever!
- Why a 4 weeks class will last 5 weeks!
- How an e-course works: the logistics (simple!) and the community (sweet!)
The full e-course starts on Monday February 9, 2015, and you can access it online from anywhere in the world.
After you enter your information, check your email and click the confirmation link. We will send you our Morning Nuggets article about the two most important mindset shifts families need to improve the start of every day. Plus a special bonus movement video to help you transition from horizontal to vertical while caring for your joints and giving your brains an oxygen boost, all in under 2 minutes!
Much love and easy transitions to you!
Speaking of transitions: what you’ll learn in the class will not just be useful in the mornings, it will help other transitions as well, like getting the kids away from a playdate. Good stuff.
Liz & Yael
Just one more thing: Before you click the button, please check in with yourself, because your purchase is non-refundable. Since this class is not offering a one way solution that may or may not work for you, but rather a proven process to find your way to what WILL work for you, we feel that having a commitment to this journey is vital for your success. We do promise that if you show up and walk the path, mornings will be much better for you and your family!
PS: For those not familiar with Mama’s Comfort Camp:
Mama’s Comfort Camp is a free support community online and in real life. We are hundreds of mothers from all around the world connecting via a private facebook group to offer loving peer support online and mutual assistance locally. Together we normalize the challenges and celebrate the joys of this roller-coaster ride called motherhood, all in a safe space free from judgment, protected from unsolicited advice, and steeped with respect and kindness. Mama’s Comfort Camp was founded In Ithaca, NY, where we enjoy a vibrant and responsive network of local moms helping each other out. We hold free monthly support meetings, fun gatherings, and classes.
Mama’s Comfort Camp is free and open to moms of kids of ANY age: from moms of newborns to grandmothers and every stage in between.
You can ask to join the group at https://www.facebook.com/