Peace and quiet are two of my best friends.
Since our daughters are twelve and ten, I will admit to seeing more of those two friends these days than I did when they were younger. But since I treasure them so much, some of the best advice I could share with young moms is to have daily quiet time for yourself and your children.
One of my priorities when I had our second daughter was to get both girls on the same nap schedule. Feedings could be rearranged and errands could wait as long as I could get the two girls down for a nap around the same time. That usually meant I had at least an hour of quiet time. (No, it didn’t always work out that way, but at least it was a goal and happened more often than not.) Our daughters are two years apart and while I was thankful to be at home with them, I needed the break. Sometimes I’d try to get housework done; other times I’d just sit and relax.
When they reached preschool age and weren’t taking naps as frequently, we still had quiet time. After lunch and a brief playtime, I’d read aloud and then settle them on their beds with picture books. They learned that they had to stay in their rooms until “rest time” was over.
Even now, in these homeschooling years, we tend to do separate things in the period after lunch. Their mornings are spent on school work while I take care of housecleaning, laundry, or other chores. While the girls finish up lunch, I read aloud to them. After that, I take some time to read for pleasure or just rest, while they go off to entertain themselves before we start our afternoon schedule.
Do you have a “quiet” time in your house? How do you manage to pull it off?