For the past several years (especially in the summer when all my kids are home), we have a daily “quiet time”. It has been a game-changer for our summer routine and has been so beneficial for me and even more for the kids! If you’re feeling like a quiet time would never work for your family, hopefully these tips will help you get it started and make it work for you.
Our quiet time is typically a 1-hour period during the day when everyone is in a separate room of the house and plays quietly on their own. I can’t even tell you how beneficial quiet time is for our entire family. We typically have it after lunch (which is also when my toddlers would nap when we were in that phase of life).
It not only gives me a chance to recharge and have a few moments of peace, but it’s incredibly beneficial for my kids. With a big family, there’s a lot of stimulation, noise, and constant energy. Quiet time give the kids a moment to be alone. It gives them a chance to play on their own. It encourages their creativity and helps them build the skill of self-entertainment. I also notice that my kids are often incredibly creative during quiet time and I love seeing the things they come up with during that time each day.
Our quiet time rules are as follows:
We’ve spent years working on our quiet time skills and it takes work and persistence to implement, but is SO worth it.
Here are 6 tips to get your started:
I am not exaggerating when I say that quiet time is one of the best routines we’ve implemented with our family. It’s taught my kids patience, creativity, independent thinking, and routine. It allows us all a re-charge in the middle of the day and when we all come together again we’re rested and happy to start the second half of the day.
No, it doesn’t always go perfectly. There are sometimes bumps and obstacles that come up (especially in the beginning), but the pros FAR outweigh the cons. And if you’re somehow feeling guilty for implementing a quiet time for your kids, I can promise you that it’s JUST as beneficial for them as it is for you!
I hope you’ve found these quiet time tips helpful! If you have any additional tips or questions, I’d love to hear them in the comments.
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