September 9, 2011

Creating a "Quiet Hour"

Calling all moms out there with young children! Without sounding like I am an advocate of "Me Time" (because quite frankly, I really don't like that phrase, me-time) however I do advocate what we call in our home the "Quiet Hour." Sometimes, if we're lucky, this even stretches into two hours! Everybody needs to have quiet moments to think, or to sleep in the case of really young ones. There are so many distractions in our environment. There is so much stimuli we can choose to expose ourselves to. Between, the computer and internet, CD's, videos or television, even books... when do we actually have time to just quietly think? Perhaps the skill of being quiet and thinking has to be a learned one in our day of technology and the "go-go-go" lifestyle most of us keep.

When my first daughter grew out of her one and only nap at the ripe old age of 2, I decided for my own sanity sake, I would have to keep a quiet time in our house in the afternoon. A time for me to do whatever I wanted or to just be quiet on the couch by myself. So we have done our best to keep "Quiet Hour." My two- and three-year-old still nap in the afternoon on most days, but sometimes they just play in their room quietly. Of course, my littlest baby still naps multiple times during the day. I look forward to this "Quiet Hour." And I am convinced as the children grow and spend all day with each other through homeschooling, we will benefit from quiet time alone. Time without TV, without computer, without MP3 player... just being quiet. And I pray that these times will grow into spiritual times. That the children would spend time talking with their Lord, and even more importantly, knowing how to be still to hear Him speak too.

He says, "Be still and know that I am God" -- Ps. 46:10a

I would be interested in hearing from anybody about ways you implement a quiet hour in your home. Do you set up quiet activities for your children? What kinds of activities?


Our Father's Heartbeat said...

I have a 4 year old, 2 year old and 4 month old. My friend introduced us to 'quiet time' a year ago and I don't know what I would have done without it!

Her kids each take a room (one takes the bathroom!) and either sleep or look through books for at least 30 minutes.

My 4 year old is allowed to play the computer (usually Starfall or PBS kids) during this time. At some point I want to phase the computer out and get him reading books, but I haven't quite figured this out yet. Like you, my goal is to have them use this time to be with God.

When he's not on the computer, he has his 'quiet time snack' by himself, then walks around the living room playing quietly with random toys. This lasts from 1-2 hours.

Next month, my 2 year old will leave his crib, so he will be 'loose' during quiet time. I pray my 2 boys will be as good about playing in their room together as your kids are!

How did you train them to do that??


Rob and Karina Barber said...

Hi There, Guess I should clarify the fact that they are all in separate rooms. A large point of our quiet times are being separated from one another. Homeschooling--and being with one another constantly requires some away time. So the children are separated for the quiet time. :)