I bribe my kids with tv shows so they will leave me alone in the morning.
Sad, but true. No worries, I fed them, they are dressed, and they even did some chores! But man, I just need half an hour or so to chill and drink my coffee and putz around. I simply can't do this in an enjoyable fashion if my children are bouncing around and shouting (sorry, downstairs neighbors...I tried to stop them).
I think it can be hard for stay at home moms (maybe all moms?) to admit they need some time away from their kids. For me, one of the biggest reasons I stay at home and homeschool is because I love my kids and genuinely like being with them. But then there's the flip side, that I really crave being alone, doing my own thing without worrying about who is getting into the markers or who is hitting who. I don't particularly like talking to anyone about anything early in the morning. I'm not jazzed about playing games or reading books at first daylight.
So we negoitate compromises. I get to sit and drink my coffee and they get to watch some television crack (aka NickJr). Since I keep them busy doing other things for the majority of the day, a little tv isn't going to scar them for life. I've made my peace with that.
And it's Umizoomi time! And coffee time! Yay!