Quiet time is an essential part of every child's daily routine. It allows the parent/caregiver a chance to recharge and take a break. It is also a great time for older kids to read, finish school work, or take a nap. Babies need a nap, but with a baby aboard it can become essential for all toddlers. It might take a while to get the routine accepted, but it is worthwhile for everyone.
Learn How to Be Independent
Alone time has been shown as a way for children to adapt independence without input from parents, friends, caregivers, and siblings. It will be a guideline for knowing how to spend time when they get older and won't feel lonely or isolated. Of course, it also depends on whether the child is old enough to be unsupervised.
When a child is left to his/her alone time, it will allow their mind to create things to occupy the time provided. It is never too early to day dream. A child can imagine a trip to the park or a weekend at the beach. A child can be more self-sufficient when left to his/her own devices. They might even want to draw you a picture of the imaginary trip.
Alone time is time spent that a child doesn't have to share with anyone. It doesn't require thinking about what a sibling wants to do. It is also a time that the child doesn't feel obligated to go to day camp or shoot hoops with Dad. Life isn't a constant party, and a child can learn to enjoy the special time to do what he/she wants.
The child will learn to be a better companion when they are an adult. More compassion will be acquired from relationships because respect of quiet time is passed to the next generation through the learning process. Everyone needs to have time to think about life, whether it is work, a sad time, or an upcoming special event; time alone helps.
Moms and Dads Are Happier
Children are loud. Children also seem to have an endless stream of energy that no one is really sure where it originates from. It is perfectly normal for parents to need a short period of time to themselves. After all, even the perfect Mom and Dad need a break sometimes. According to a study, 26 minutes of napping can improve performance as well as attitude by as much as 34%. Whether it is the parent or the child who gets this 26-minute nap, everyone is better off and happier because it happened!
Quiet time can mean different things for each child, but it can also benefit the entire family. It teaches values that can be used for the rest of the child's life. Some of those values will continue as the child matures into the next stage of life. The key thing to remember is that it isn't mean to tell your child to go play in their room for 30 minutes to an hour so you can spend a little time doing something for yourself.