Quiet Time for Kids

by | Apr 10, 2018 | Mom Tips

Last Updated Feb 13, 2023
Shhhh - It's Quiet Time

Shhh… it’s quiet time! While we no longer practice this type of routine in our home, quiet time for kids (and mom) was once a must!! Check out how and why we utilized a simple quiet time routine during our homeschool day.

Creating a Quiet Time Routine

Creating a quiet time routine for kids is essential for any busy homeschool mom.

I love my children to the moon and back. However, I spend almost every waking moment with them or around them.

The chaos, the noise, the lessons, and even the snuggles can become completely overwhelming for this introverted momma!

This is why our daily quiet time routine is something I look forward to every single day.

As a working homeschool mom, I can get worn down quickly, and quiet time for the kiddos is my first real chance to hit that much-needed refresh button.

My kids do their thing while I do mine — and to be completely honest, it ends up being the most productive 45 minutes of my entire day!

With that said, our routine isn’t always perfect.

Plus, there are the rare days we are out of the house all day and quiet time gets pushed to the back burner.

While those definitely aren’t my best days productively speaking, they tend to be the days where I made important memories with my kids that will last a lifetime — and I totally live for those moments!

For the most part, though, quiet time for kids and mom is a big deal in our house.

I consider it a necessity and when executed properly, downright heavenly!

The Importance of Quiet Time for Kids and Moms

Quiet time is so important for both kids and moms alike!

Not only will it give you the chance to reset or practice a little self-care, but it’s also a great opportunity for your children to practice being still and independent.

Self care notebook, coffee mug, and snack

If you have multiple kiddos your quiet time routine may not look the exact same for each one of them.

Take our home for example.

I have 3 kids varying in age.

My boys are older and do a large amount of sit-down learning, while my daughter is quite a bit younger and still mostly learns through play and enrichment.

With an age difference so large, creating a smooth quiet time for my kids was quite the challenge at first.

However, after trying a handful of different methods, I finally found our perfect fit!

Quiet Time for Big Kids

Since we are a homeschool family, our quiet time has become a part of our core homeschool schedule and it’s totally amazing, you guys!

When quiet time approaches, my boys typically pull out their math books to work on quietly.

Math is actually the one subject I don’t teach in our home — it’s simply not my jam.

Thankfully, my husband has taken over this role for my youngest and my boys are mostly self-taught at this point – making it the perfect subject for our daily quiet time routine.

Lean on Independent Work During Quiet Time for Big Kids

This work is done at their school desks, on the couch, or even at the kitchen table. I honestly don’t care where my kiddos work on their lessons as long as it’s done quietly.

Not only does this free up my hands for the time being, but it also helps keep my curious preschooler at bay.

If older brothers are working on something quietly and independently, my daughter will be less likely to venture out of her own quiet time area.

To put it simply – zero noise from older children = less temptation for younger children to get up to see what they’re missing out on.

With that said, there are times my boys don’t need to work on math. When those times arise, we simply loop through activities instead.

Quiet Time for Little Ones

Quiet time for my youngest definitely has more of a traditional feel to it and looks quite a bit different from what my older children do.

My daughter hangs out in her tent engaging in simple preschool activities.

With that said, keeping a preschooler engaged and quiet is much easier said than done!

When we first started implementing a quiet time routine, my daughter would get up often and it was definitely a struggle.

This was something I absolutely had to get a handle on, and quick!

Create a Fun Quite Time Space for Little Kids

This sweet girl has never been much of an afternoon nap taker, so quiet time quickly became a must for our homeschool family.

While creating our quiet time routine, I decided to focus on all of my daughter’s favorite things that I know will keep her busy and entertained.

With that said, after a few short days of implementing our quiet time routine, I already had to eliminate a few of said activities.

*If you look closely at the pictures above, you will notice the walls of her tent have been beautifully scribbled on. Let’s just say – coloring is no longer a valid option for her quiet time.

Love this girl, but she’s a handful sometimes!

I lean on a handful of go-to items for quiet time with my little one. She could spend hours playing with magnet toys or tangrams, so they will always, always be at the top of my list!

We also lean on a number of preschool-aged Paper Pie books.

Quiet Time for Mom

While my boys are busy doing math and my daughter is independently playing or reading, I’m either catching up on tasks around the house or taking a super quick moment to practice a little self-care.

If I’m being completely honest though, I’m usually working.

For real though.

Forty-five minutes of uninterrupted productivity is like a slice of heaven to me.

Do I want to be working? Probably not.

Will I be thankful later when the work is already done? Heck, yes!

Typing on laptop

I typically use my kid’s quiet time to do household chores, catch up on laundry, work on the blog, budget, menu plan, or prep dinner.

On days that I don’t need to be as productive, or just plain don’t have the energy to be. I journal, doodle, catch up on my scripture reading, or simply sip an extra cup of coffeebecause you know what?

Sometimes this type of rest is exactly what’s needed in the middle of a hectic homeschool day!

Realistically though, we need to get things done and have little moments to ourselves every single day. Otherwise, we have no sanity and I’m almost positive that sanity is important to every mom – am I right or am I right? Ha!

Starting Your Own Quiet Time Routine

So, you are probably thinking this whole quiet time thing sounds great, right?

However, you might also think it sounds extremely unrealistic for your home.

I was in the same exact place.

I loved the concept but wasn’t sure how to execute it and make it a reality for our family – especially with such diverse ages.

Like everything else I have tried in our home, creating a simple quiet time routine for kids was not easy at first and it took quite a bit of tweaking.

With that said, I did learn a few simple things along the way that made quiet time work – for the most part.

These are the 5 things you need to know before implementing your own quiet time for kids.

  • Make It Special

Yes, yes, yes!

This is so important, you guys! Especially for the little ones.

Creating a special place for your kiddos to hang out during your family’s quiet time routine will not only help promote the independence they need, but it will also encourage your little ones to look forward to this part of the day!

In other words — make this time a special time, not a punishment.

Creating a Quiet Time for Kids Using Simple Activities

When we first started our quiet time routine, I struggled to get my daughter to lie quietly in her bed. She thought it was a punishment or that she had to go to sleep. So, I quickly decided to skip that battle and pitched a tent – literally.

Consider purchasing something special just for this time of day — such as a play tent for littles or a bean bag chair for older children.

We opted for a tent for my preschooler and it was such a great choice!

It is definitely a great option for a younger child that may be more reluctant to rest or play quietly in the afternoon hours.

This tent was our first step in the right direction.

I also picked up a cute blanket that can only be used during her daily quiet time to reinforce the positive feelings that I want to be associated with this time of day — helping to rid anxiety, making this a time to look forward to each and every day!

  • Focus on Learning

Your quiet time routine is the perfect time for older kiddos to work on simple independent learning, workbook time, daily reading, or devotions.

If you plan on utilizing your quiet time as an extra time for teaching older students, while younger children rest (or play) quietly, that’s a great option too — especially if you have a number of children that fall in between the napping age & the mostly self-taught age.

Black & white composition notebook with pencils

However, if you need a few moments each afternoon to work on home tasks, start dinner, or simply take a breather – learning to lean on independent, yet educational, activities for older & younger siblings is key!

We tried a couple of different things in this time slot and we all agreed that math (for the older kiddos) was the best option for our family

With that said, things such as independent reading, games, puzzles, or drawing all work great as quiet-time activities for kids.

I really only have one rule when it comes to older kids and quiet time: as long as it isn’t a distraction to younger siblings and mom can catch a breather – it’s pretty much allowed!

As for the younger kiddos, leaning on educational and age-appropriate, books and toys is a must as well.

  • Utilize Age Appropriate Activities

I’m not a huge fan of electronics during our homeschool day and quiet time is no exception.

Take some time to think about the type of items that keep your individual children engaged and interested for longer periods of time.

These are the things you need to utilize for quiet time in your home.

For some kiddos, it might be things such as building blocks or magnet toys, while other children might prefer dot-to-dot activities or sticker books instead.

Just remember — your go-to activities should be ones that your children can do all by themselves.

Just make sure you have multiple quiet time activities you can loop through — this simply helps keep boredom at bay.

One final note from a quiet time (not so) pro: if it involves something messy, could potentially become messy, or your kiddo can’t be trusted not to make it messy — skip it.

My number one rule for littles during quiet time? Nothing messy. Period.

We tried crayons once upon a time and that was quickly thrown out the window — never, ever again will I trust a preschooler with crayons.

The whole point of quiet time for kids is to give mom a moment to complete her task at hand and having a huge mess to clean up afterward simply isn’t going to work.

  • Set Expectations

Set expectations for your quiet time — period.

Communicate with your children. Let them know long their quiet time will last each day (we do 45 minutes), tell them where mom will be during quiet time, then talk about rewards and/or consequences.

Younger siblings will not want to stay still and quiet if older siblings are being loud and rambunctious, so setting expectations by creating a rules & rewards system is a must.

My older boys know they are to be quiet or there will be a serious price to pay — which is why I prefer sticking to consequences rather than rewards at this age.

I absolutely need this time during our hectic day and when they get loud,  little sister will soon come to investigate.

My daughter, on the other hand, is young and rewards work best.

Thankfully, I can get away with her quiet time reward being more school time with mommy. I know it sounds a little goofy, but she absolutely loves our one-on-one learning time and I just roll with it.

It’s simple, but it totally works.

Open journal with rules & rewards for quiet time.

After our quiet time routine ends, I do history with my older boys and my youngest absolutely loves being included in this.

With that said, sometimes she simply can’t sit that long after a 45-minute quiet time session so I tend to keep a number of enrichment-type activities on hand for those occasions.

She can listen (or half listen) to our history lesson while playing with the messy stuff she missed out on during her quiet time.

I tend to lean on kinetic sand, sensory bins, cutting activities, and lots, and lots of stickers.

She absolutely lives for this stuff.

My boys don’t get any type of reward for having a productive quiet time. However, they do get extra electronics time after dinner if school and chores are complete.

They are quite a bit older, so expectations are simply set higher.

  • Utilize a Timer

If you have an antsy child that simply needs to know when their quiet time will end, purchase a simple timer for reassurance.

While you can easily use your phone or purchase a fancy timer just for quiet time, I actually prefer a traditional kitchen timer instead.

With that said, there is absolutely no need to break the bank on this! Do whatever is simple and right for your family.

Using a Timer During Your Quiet Time Routine is a Must

Our personal quiet time is 45 minutes long which felt like an eternity to my kiddos at first, so we started slow and built up to it.

Our first quiet time was 15 minutes long.

Then, our second was 17 minutes.

After that, I simply added a few minutes to our total time each day.

While my older boys likely could have handled 45 minutes right off the bat, my youngest simply couldn’t.

She was never a nap taker, so this was a whole new concept to her!

Eventually, though, we did work our way to that 45-minute sweet spot and I seriously couldn’t be happier.

Quiet time is 100% a must in our home and I hope you can find a way to add this unique routine to your busy day.

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Quiet Time for Kids

Meet the Author

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Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the mom tips portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

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Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

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Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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Meet the Author

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Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the mom tips portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

You can find all of our social accounts below!

FacebookInstagramPinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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