Is your child giving you a hard time laying down and having quiet time? Here are a few ideas you can use to see if your child will do quiet time without any issues. Quiet time can be a tough time to get your child to relax and enjoy quiet time, either to lay down or to play by themselves quietly.
Brainstorming Quiet Time Rules
You can begin with determining how long your child’s Quiet Time should be, where your child should spend their quiet time at and if your child should be lying down or sleeping during their Quiet time. Both parents should be present for the decision part of your child’s quiet time rules and times as well as where your child will be spending their quiet time. Both of you should be able to come up with a decision or rules your child should follow.
If you have already tried different techniques, but they did not work for your child, think of things you would enjoy if you were still a child. This allows you to get a better idea of different games or ways your child can positively spend their quiet time. Figure out a positive way of dealing with temper tantrums if your child does not want to have quiet time. Showing your child your reaction in a positive way will show your child; they should stop and think about what they’re doing and change their attitude.
Rules for Quiet Time
Whether both of you decide your child should be playing quietly in their room or laying down as their quiet time part of the day, both of you should stay focused on your decision. Do not allow your child’s emotions or tantrums to change your rules even if they make it unbearable. Stick to your rules. Make sure your child is well aware of the rules. Explain to your child why they should be taking a quiet time during the day and what they should do to occupy themselves.
Set a time during the day when your child must have a quiet time, whether it is at noon or any time afterward. Some parents have their child’s quiet time after they feed their child lunch or a midday snack. Stay consistent even if your child is having a meltdown because they do not want to do quiet time. If they, by chance, have a meltdown, record them while they have their meltdown, then once their done show them how they act when they don’t have quiet time. This will show them the negative effects of not having quiet time, and if they do have quiet time, take pictures or a video to show the comparisons to your child.
Games Your Child Can Play During Quiet Time
You can brainstorm different types of games your child can play during their quiet time, as well as any other types of ideas you and your significant other can come up with. If you decided to allow your child to stay up and not lay down during their quiet time, then you can find other ways to allow your child to enjoy their quiet time. You can give them books to read; they can watch TV quietly, they can color in their coloring books during their quiet time.
Other games you can have your child play during their quiet time is who can stay quiet the longest, you and your significant other can also play along to make it fun for your child. You can also allow your child to paint quietly in their room; they can play with their toys or stuffed animals in their room as long as they are quiet.
Explain to Your Child Why They Need Quiet Time
Your child also receives benefits from the quiet time just like you do; they begin to learn what having a structured schedule is. With the benefit of a structured schedule, your child will begin to feel the safety, security, stability aspect of quiet time. Quiet time is also put in place to teach your child when they should relax and rest their minds instead of being overwhelmed by daily tasks. Another benefit your child will receive with quiet time is they will begin to learn how to control certain factors of their lives and balance them out. Other big benefits your child will gain from quiet time is how to keep themselves occupied by playing by themselves as well as self-confidence. Your child gains more self-confidence by participating and learning how to play by themselves as well as boosts their imagination independently.
The After Effects of Missing Quiet Time
If your child does not want to participate in Quiet time, they will begin to seem over time. They will begin to become more dramatic and less cooperative. Quiet time plays an important role in being able to calm your child’s energy levels and emotions down by relaxing. Other types of problems your child might experience because they either did not want to do quiet time or they threw a tantrum can include emotional meltdowns and irritability. Quiet time is also designed to allow your child to recharge, rest or relax even if you must bribe your child with new toys or snacks to get them to have quiet time.
Reward for Having Quiet Time
If you and your significant other decide your child should get a reward if they have quiet time without any temper tantrums or any other anger issues. Then you should figure out whether your child will receive a new toy, their favorite snacks, a special privilege as a reward then explain this to your child after they complete quiet time. You can also reward your child with a special trip to the store for a new goody or gift. Another reward would be allowing one of your child’s friends to come over and spend time with them or allowing your child to choose a movie and a snack for both of you to share.