Quiet Time For Children And How To Establish It?
“One thing is certain: children need lots of free, quiet time to get used to all that’s developing within them. Have you noticed that unhurried time by yourself or with someone you really trust can be the best setting for your own personal growth? It’s no different for children.” – Fred Rogers
Do you encourage Quiet time for Children? What is Quiet time? How to establish a routine Quiet time? Read on to know all about it.
Quiet Time For Children
Quiet time is a short period of the day that your child spends doing independent, low-key, quiet activities. It is a slow down time for both the child and the parent to think and reflect. Quiet time is when a child gets a break from sights(and screen), sounds, and other stimulating activities.
An age-old Italian proverb says, “Chi anda piano, anda sano, anda lontano”
It means, “The person who goes quietly goes with health and goes far“. Practicing Quiet time has amazing benefits. When children have quiet time, they develop one of the most important tools for learning – Reflection. The silence lets children to slow down, think, digest, internalize and connect the dots.
Benefits of Quiet Time
Quiet time is important in current times, more than ever! There are many many benefits to having a Quiet time routine. Some of them are
- Reflection of what the child had learnt, experienced and observed during the day
- Increased attention and focus
- Learning problem solving
- Developing mindful approach
- Self-contentment and a positive outlook on being alone!
Establishing Quiet Time
The key to establishing Quiet time is to be consistent. Here are few tips to establish Quiet Time
- Establish a consistent time each day for quiet time. It could be mid day post lunch. Or it could be just before bedtime.
- Set a timer. The timer need not be a conventional one. It could be a sand timer or it could even be something as simple as a playlist of “calm” music in the background. Check out Music for specific times of the day on the HeyCloudy App – Playtime Music, Calming Music, Meditation Music or even Instrumental Sitar Music
- Plan for “Quiet Time” specific activities.
Activities to Encourage Quiet Time
Here are some activities that you can use as part of Quiet Time,
- Read a book. You could choose Quiet books made specifically for younger children.
- Play activities that are absorbing like
- Making a tower,
- Solving a big puzzle (with some calm music in the background),
- Observing formations in a kaleidoscope,
- Playing with a rainmaker toy.
- For slightly older children, indulge in hobbies like
- String art,