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As parents of carers of any age children, we can get rather obsessed with entertaining and stimulating the little ones but quiet time is also an important activity to undertake and build into your routine. It gives you and the children a chance to be peaceful, quiet, thoughtful and relaxed.
Quiet time activities:
- rest, sleep in a dim room
- quiet colouring or drawing
- quiet puzzle
- quiet/classical music and relaxing in a comfy chair
- reading a nice book
- looking through a book alone
- writing practice
- a choice of activities from a craft box/book shelf
- lying down with eyes shut and quiet music playing
Why bother with quiet time?
- it gives the carer a few minutes of peace and quiet
- it focuses the child
- it relaxes and regenerates the child's energy
- reduces stress or any tension they may have built up
- gives the child independence if allowed to choose own activity
- builds a well balanced child who has the ability to entertain themselves
- helps with sleep
Tips for a successful Quiet Time
- Don't expect too much too soon. Start with a quiet 10 minutes rather than a whole hour.
- Use the same place each time so they come to expect it and know it's always the same familiar spot.
- Do it at the same time each day, after lunch, before school run etc. so it becomes part of the routine.
- Make sure they have all they need so won't be calling you. Go to the toilet first, have a sip of drink and provide all the toys/books etc. they will need so they don't come wandering to find you.
- Keep it positive - don't make any suggestion it's a punishment or anything but a treat! If it doesn't work immediately, don't nag, just quietly explain and keep it happy.
- Explain you'll not be there, but that you'll be next door or down stairs so they are not alarmed if you go.