In my house, nap time was a gift from God. It was right up there with chocolate and a good book. According to many of my friends I have been very blessed. My daughter napped until she was seven and my son only recently stopped napping at six. I loved that hour every day. It reset the batteries for the whole house and we moved on from there. Now things have changed. The napping has ended and we have had to adjust. I would love to share what we do when the kids give up nap time.
While nap time is a dream of the past, quiet time is a staple of the present. Every day I have a mandatory hour of quiet time set aside for the family. During that time each child heads to their room. I head to my little office nook in the living room and do as I am right now, I work. This time is necessary for everyone in the household.
Homeschooling means we see a lot of each other. I love it. I love this big crazy mess of emotions, plans, and chaos that is my home. However, too much of a good thing can become overwhelming. I strongly believe that quiet time is everyone’s chance to take a break from one another and focus on something they enjoy for an hour.
What does quiet time look like?
For my daughter quiet time usually looks like a stack of books and magazines on her bed. However, it also looks like a Lego friends set, her latest craft, or a coloring book. For my daughter, this is the time when she does not have to play with, acknowledge, or be nice to her brother. For this hour, she is in charge of her time. As long as it is quiet time, she can enjoy her time in her room.
For my son quiet time usually looks like a bucket of legos dumped out so he can build, a bizarre Marvel Masher combo, or a million other adventures a little boy imagines. For my son, this is a time to pretend he isn’t a second born. It’s a time when I make him use his imagination and learn to play without input from others.
For me, quiet time looks like this blog and everything it entails. Each day is different. Some days I am working on posts, others I am learning Twitter, and sometimes I am spending some quality time with Pinterest. This time is great for me though. For this hour, I am not answering questions, making decisions that determine their future, or cleaning up the same mess I have cleaned five times. For this hour, I am just me.
Should you start a quiet time?
Here are three simple questions to ask yourself to decide whether quiet time would be a good idea in your house.
- Am I overwhelmed – Are you getting to the end of your day feeling like you just made it to bed time? It may be time to implement quiet time so that you can have a mid day break.
- Are my kids stressed? – Homeschooling is a great time to invest in the lives of your children. Sometimes there can be too much together time. Be setting a quiet time you might actually find that you like them more and there is more peace in your home.
- Do I need a break? – Is your day scheduled to the brim? With co-ops, meetings, extra-curricular activities, and so on it can be easy to overbook. Setting this time in your day can bring some peace to the chaos.
What did you do when your kids quit napping?
I would love to hear your tricks and tips. Leave a comment on this post or on social media and let me know what your family does.