This is a post from Kirsten Joy Torrado.
Solitude is a basic human necessity. We all need it to thrive. Yet, in today’s frenzied pace of life it’s one of the most precious things that makes us human that often gets squeezed out of the hectic pace of our lives.
In solitude, we find the rest and relaxation we need for both our physical and spiritual bodies. It’s also from this place of clarity, rest, and focus that we find ourselves the most productive, the most creative, and the most free to imagine possibilities unexplored.
Quiet. It’s a staple in our home.
The one thing that holds us all together.
Why Quiet Time in Our Homeschool is Necessary
You see, in a homeschooling family where we spend every hour of every day together, though we are a social bunch, the tendency is to lean toward edginess and irritation if we all don’t take time alone to decompress.
Usually we take an hour and a half in the center of our day, everyone to separate areas of the house. It really is what keeps us all centered.
The boys have the time they want to play with toys, listen to stories, read a good book, draw, create, or just relax. It’s during this time that I see the car tracks on carpet, hear audible sounds of pretend play, and witness building masterpieces from logs and legos.
For my children, quiet time is incredibly productive.
It’s quite productive for me as well. Usually, during my quiet time I’m checking email, responding to comments on the blog, writing down ideas into my laptop before they escape my mind, putting finishing touches on tomorrow’s post, or just propping my feet up with a glass of iced tea.
In the scope of the day, an hour and a half isn’t that long and it goes by pretty quickly. But, a much needed pause in the activity of our lives yields peaceful days and intentional nights.
Unfortunately, sometimes as parents we feel guilty giving ourselves and our children this much needed kind of time. We feel guilty leaving our kids “unentertained” and instead opt for electronics. For some reason we’d rather leave them in front of a screen rather than leave them “alone.”
I know it’s tempting, and there are times when it’s just a necessity. But, my advice is to use screen time strategically or your kids will come to expect it on demand. Quiet time is something that your kids need just as much as you.
Let them play. Let them think. Let them build and create. Let them get bored. Really. It’s okay for your kids to get bored.
Most importantly, you are instilling rhythm and healthy habits into your children from the time they are young. You are teaching them, through your practice, the ebb and flow of work and rest. You are helping them to be self-sufficient (in the good sense of the word) knowing how to entertain themselves and not rely on other people and screen time toys to keep them free from boredom.
You are also giving them a childhood that is free from rush with space to be, something your kids need just as much as you.
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