Mar 5, 2024 - Things to Do

How I Wake Up: Sara DeWitt of PBS KIDS

Photo illustration collage of Sara DeWitt inside a red alarm clock.

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: courtesy of PBS Kids

Before Sara DeWitt gets to work leading PBS KIDS, the biggest educational media brand for children, she is awakened by her two young boys.

  • With busy schedules, that morning family time ends up being "very special." We caught up with DeWitt about her morning rituals.

Wake-up time: 6:45am — no alarm needed, thanks to hugs from early-rising kiddos.

☀️ First thing she does: "Hey Siri, what's the weather?"

🍌 Breakfast: Overnight oats, with one banana, a third of a cup of oats, half a cup of oat milk, peanut butter powder and cinnamon, plus flax or chia seeds.

🎒 Morning jaunt: Walk the youngest to school after the boys make their own breakfast.

🪄 Morning wisdom: She tries a "silent commute" — intentionally tuning out any media and allowing her mind to wander.

  • Or, on other days: Listening to a fiction book on the Libby app. Studies have linked reading fiction every day with being happier and having more empathy.

🚗 Commute: On office days, a drive to the Crystal City HQ, with a very fun stick shift Volkswagen GTI.

  • "It's a constant conversation: Do we keep this so we can teach the kids, or will they still need to learn how to drive stick?"

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