School, homework, tuition, co-curricular activities, and the list goes on. Children today are inundated with activities that fill up their days. After spending time on leisure activities and family commitments, children barely have time for themselves to catch a breather. Quiet time is, therefore, a necessary addition to your child’s daily schedule.
What is Quiet Time?
Despite what the name suggests, quiet time does not mean a complete absence of noise. Instead, quiet time is time spent alone doing light activities that are calming on the mind and body. Examples of quiet time for kids can be doing art and crafts, playing with blocks, reading or meditation. It is best to avoid electronic devices as they often over-stimulate the senses.
Quiet time for the kids also means a break time for yourself! Take the time to recharge and face the second half of the day.
The Benefits of Quiet Time
1) To Feel Refreshed. Quiet time allows children to reflect on stressful situations. It gives them space and time away from these situations. The quiet time will enable them to feel more refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
2) Enhances Creativity and Imagination. Without too much external noise in their heads, children can let their ideas flow more freely without restraint.
3) Promotes Independence. As children are alone during quiet time, this teaches them to be away from their parents, which means that they have to rely on themselves to solve problems that may arise. Such method would enhance confidence in the little ones.
4) Better Sleep. Quiet time allows the brain to rest from over-stimulation and it leads to better sleep. Children who are comfortable being in a calm environment will also sleep better.
5) Improves Focus. Only one activity should be done during each quiet time. Over time, this trains children to focus solely on the task at hand.
What to Do During Quiet Time
There are so many activities that can be done at a quiet time, for example:
– Doing art and crafts
– Reading books on interesting topics
– Pretend play
– Writing in a journal
– Listening to audiobooks
You can also create “quiet time boxes” where your child gets to choose the activity for the day.
Transitioning to Quiet Time
For an energetic child, quiet time may be extremely unappealing. It may also be harder for kids who find it difficult to part from their parents.
Start small by having a shorter duration of 5 or 10 minutes of quiet time before increasing the timing. Let children know beforehand when the quiet time will be over. Should children come out from their room before the time is up, do guide them back in and state the importance of such quiet time. It also helps to be consistent with when the quiet time will take place. For example, after lunch or before dinner every day. This sets a routine for the little ones.
Quiet time may seem arduous (or even impossible) to implement. However, it does get more comfortable with practice. Sometimes a little quiet time is all that’s needed to turn the little overly-energised monsters back into sweet angels.