I am a HUGE fan of quiet time, as it replenishes my patience and concurrently provides my children the opportunity to nap, snuggle up with a good book, or create. Every day we have one hour of quiet time. You can sleep, you can read, you can invent, you can create, but you must do it independently and quietly. Leo and T rarely nap these days and occasionally I’ll feel guilty that they are up in their rooms for an entire hour when they are unlikely to actually nap. However, when quiet time ends, they invariably emerge sharing something exciting they read in a book or something they created. I am always amazed with what they come up with just after whining, “I’m booooooored!” To me, that justifies the quiet time. I think we all need it, and we are all better for it.
I thought I’d share some of these Quiet Time Productions with you today:
And, just now, I walked past Leo’s doorway to find this:
So I think I’ll tell the guilt to go away when it rears its ugly little head because I quite enjoy these Quiet Time Productions.
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Over-scheduling their child’s time, far from improving their lives, actually damages them. Scheduling an hour of free time strengthens their imagination. When children are free to concoct their own diversions, they develop passionate pastimes. As they play with dolls or toy horses, they make up stories. These stories are often deeply imaginative.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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