Children love it when you spend quality time with them. This time does not have to be busy time. Your child will be very happy to just have some quiet time alone with you. Instead of engaging in vigorous, loud activities such as running outdoors, or playing in the park, try something quieter.
Quiet time Activities could include:
- Grow a garden
- Read a story
- Cuddle up and watch your child’s favorite shows
- Go on a picnic
- Take a walk outdoors
- Work on a puzzle
- Art work
It is very important that children have down time with their caregivers. Children learn to relax and enjoy low key activities that encourage thinking, self-direction and creativity. Just like adults, children experience stressors and anxiety. Children do not have the same ability to recognize these emotions that adults have. In order to help reduce stress in your child’s life, take a step back and provide your child opportunities to become engaged in various quiet time activities.
The benefits of scheduled quiet time can include:
- Reduced stress levels during the day
- Increased ability to focus
- Increased level of patience
- Ability to sit or play quietly and enjoy time alone
- Improved sleep patterns due to the prevention of over-stimulation