We all need quiet time. Whether it be a nap, reading time, or simply turning off the TV. Quiet time allows our brain to rest and reflect from our hectic lives. It’s important for families to incorporate quiet time into your schedule, even a daily summertime “quiet time” routine. Sometimes the noise and chaos of everyday occurrences can wear you down. Quiet time allows your mind and body the break it needs. Both adults and children need quiet time.
Reminding your children the importance of quiet time and making it a regular occurrence can be extremely beneficial. It often seems like with growing kids, busy schedules, and prevailing technology quiet time is unobtainable, but even just 30 minutes a day can help.
While your children’s brain is growing and developing every day, quiet time becomes more and more important. Quiet time serves as a time to wind down and caters to creativity and imagination.
If your child has trouble napping, have designated quiet time each afternoon. Everyone needs a break from the hustle & bustle, your child included. Quiet time with a good book can restore energy. Telling toddlers that they don’t have to sleep but rather give their body a break to refuel itself is a positive message of self-care.
Sometimes getting a toddler to agree to quiet time when all they want is to run around and use those legs of theirs is tough, but who said quiet time had to be boring.
There are a variety of ways to spend quiet time. Here is a list of some ideas:
- Writing in a journal
- Write a letter
- A walk outside
- Activity books
- Picture books