Homeschooling is an amazing adventure! You get to be there for the highs and the lows. There are days when you get to celebrate wins and days when you just want to pull out your hair. With homeschooling there is much more time together than if you made a different schooling choice. Here’s the thing. I am an introvert and peopling can get beyond exhausting. It gets even more tiring when my mini me’s start talking at 6 AM and don’t stop ALL day. People often ask, “why is quiet time important?” I quickly found out the importance of quiet time.
Why is quiet time important?
The Importance of Quiet Time for Kids
I’m going to share a bit of why we do quiet time and then I will share some tips for implementing a quiet time in your home.
It gives the siblings separate time.
My kids are together all the time. R is getting to that tween age where she doesn’t always want to be around her brother. Quiet time each day is her time to be allowed to be away from him. (I’ll tell you a little secret. 3/4 of the time they do quiet time playing together in the room because it is what they both choose.) This separate time helps them both to recharge and come back together with better attitudes.
I work from home
Working from home is both fun and exhausting. I have tried really hard to balance it so that my children aren’t sitting behind me desperate for attention while I work. So, instead of working all day while they are up I work before they get up, after they go to bed, and for that hour of quiet time. In that hour of quiet time I am able to knock out a lot of work and do my best to balance homeschooling with life.
We see a lot of each other
Unlike a family that doesn’t homeschool we see a lot of each other. This is one of the many reasons we homeschool. I love having them here and can’t imagine my days without them. That said, we get on each other’s nerves sometimes. Quiet time each day is everyone’s chance to take a breather without having to be worried about anyone else.
Rest is important
I think it is important to have time each day when you unplug and don’t have someone entertaining you. For the kids, this is a great life lesson. We can get so busy and it is so important to slow down and take some time when you aren’t running to just unwind for a few. I want to make a space for rest in their worlds so that when they are grown they do the same.
How we make Quiet Time work
This is going to look different for everyone. Depending on the ages of your children and your parenting style this idea will be adapted to fit your home. This is simply how we do it. It doesn’t have to be an hour. It doesn’t have to be done the same way. The idea is to take some quiet time to recharge.
We set it at 1 hour
Part of this has to do with my work schedule. It is best for me to have an hour of consistent work time. I will set a timer and when the hour is up, quiet time is over.
Quiet time is Quiet
They have the freedom to enjoy their time in their rooms. Wanna build legos, read a book, build a massive fort? As long as it is quiet you are welcome to it. This is their time in their room to decompress.
Quiet time can be shared
If the kids are having a day when they are playing well together and want to do quiet time together, I am completely ok with that. They are able to play quietly in one of the rooms or as loud as they want out in the back yard. There is an out built into quiet time that lets them choose to separate at any point in quiet time and do their own thing if needed.
Quiet time isn’t set in stone
There are days when we are out and about. Some days when we get deep into a project. There are days when we are just having fun together. We will not always have quiet time. It’s very important to be flexible and build it into your lifestyle.
At the end of the day, you know your kids. You know what will work well for them. Make sure to make it fit your home and you will be ok. If you are unsure about whether quiet time is a good idea, use it for a week. Try and see how you handle your day differently with a short break from each other thrown in.
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