Welcome back to my 3 part series on How to Set up a Daily Quiet Time in your home! From a Mama of four busy kids, I can assure you, you are going to LOVE your daily Quiet Time.
This wasn’t a surprise to me of course. I knew I would love an hour to myself each afternoon! A whole hour on my own to rest, have a tea, do whatever I wanted or needed to do. Bliss. The part that surprised me was that this time was actually a time my children grew to love just as much as I did. They needed this time to be their best. The meltdowns and tantrums reduced dramatically – and my children became calmer and happier.
It turns out that little ones need time in their day for quiet and calm as well. During this time of rest children solidify learning that has taken place during their day, grow their problem solving skills, independence, and become more self-confident.
Is there anything a daily Quiet Time CAN’T do?!?
This is precisely why my children don’t use electronics/TV for their Quiet Time. Sure, this period of time would still give me a break, but it does not give my children all of the amazing benefits of a one hour quiet time to rest, recharge and calm.
The Quiet Time Club (which is officially on! Join me right here!) makes Quiet Time just as easy as clicking on the TV. Truly! You will have a brand new Quiet Time activity for your child to happily engage in every, single day. BEST of all, each month only uses 5 everyday crafting materials!
So each month you will round up your 5 needed supplies (think: stickers, popsicle sticks, a deck of cards) and you are set for an entire month of engaging, educational, independent play ideas to refresh little minds and rest little bodies during Quiet Time.
This brand new Quiet Time Club is rocking, so I want to be sure you are all ready to dive in to the magical land of Quiet Time with me.
To help you get prepared I have created this 3 part Quiet Time series which walks you through the entire Quiet Time process. Yesterday we got started with Step One. After this step your child will be able to have a 5 minute independent quiet time and you are all set to go on to Step Two.
So assuming you are eager, pumped, and ready, let’s get right to Step Two.
Step Two picks up right where Step One left off, with your child able to comfortably have a 5 minute, independent period of time to engage in play. Now we are ready to (slowly and carefully) build on this success!
In order to keep Quiet Time special, we want to do a few things for our little ones.
- Help them to settle into and engage in the start of their Quiet Time with a special, new activity that is only available to be played with and explored during this period of time (HELLLOOOO Quiet Time Club with the daily quiet time activities to the rescue!)
- Set a visual timer, so little ones can independently see how much time is remaining
- Layout the expectations nice and clearly.
As your little one continues to have their 5 minutes of quiet time each day, sort out exactly what the expectations will be for this period of time. If your child is older, you can decide together. If your child is young, determine what is best yourself. Consider:
Where will quiet time take place? Can children wander? Stay in one room? There is no right or wrong to this, it is whatever works for your family, but needs to be clear to your child.
What activities can happen during Quiet Time? The daily quiet time activity will engage your child and help him or her settle into this period of time. Can he or she do other activities as well? Books? Puzzles? Any toys at all? Again, this is a family decision that needs to be made clear. I would encourage you to focus on allowing your child’s body to rest during this time, limiting physically active toys.
Once everything is clear in both yours and your child’s mind, you can begin to grow your Quiet Time! Start by adding 5 minutes so your child is having a 10 minute quiet time. Set this on a visual timer so your child can be independent in knowing how much Quiet Time remains.
And there you have it … Step Two is complete!
Thank you so much for reading, and be sure to come back tomorrow for the 3rd and final step in establishing your daily Quiet Time – then you will be all set to join my Club!