Children and Teens Need To Learn The Importance of Quiet Time

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Our children (from tots to teens) live in a society that is on the go, go, go, and go. Teens and young adults are encouraged to take part in several extra-curricular activities, including part-time jobs. By the time they fulfill their commitments, see their friends, complete their homework, check out their favourite television programs, and check their social media accounts, there is hardly any time for them to spend in quiet.

What is quiet time?

Quiet time consists of a person hanging out alone and engaged in an activity that doesn’t over-stimulate the mind or sensory system (this means electronics are turned off!!). Of course the activity will depend on the child’s age but it can involve anything from playing Lego, to building a structure made of Popsicle sticks, to crafts and puzzles, to journaling, or meditating.

Quiet time is a chance for children to relax and enjoy simple activities that require thinking and self-direction. Both quiet time and alone time are a crucial part of growth and development in youth. Children who aren’t used to having quiet or alone time get bored easily and very demanding when the stimulation level is lower.

Quiet time:

1. Builds independence and confidence: Quiet time allows youth to explore various self-directed opportunities that require self-reliance. Because quiet time is ‘alone time’ kids are given the chance to solve problems on their own and create their own solutions. This is vital to building self-confidence and self-trust.
2. Is a time of self-reflection and gratitude: Journaling or meditation during quiet time for older youth often results in self-reflection and developing feelings of gratitude for what they have. There is no time for self-reflection when they are continuously distracted by outside activity.
3. Is necessary for creativity and invention: It is in quiet time that children experience bursts of creativity and unique thinking. During quiet time kids get disconnected from external noise and ideas and are able to reconnect to their personal creativity system.
4. Is necessary for rest and relaxation: Everyone, including kids, experiences stress and anxiety much of which is caused by overstimulation. Kids however, have a tougher time pinpointing their stressors. Unless they have regular quiet time they won’t distance themselves from the stressors to re-energize. Just like with adults, quiet time is important for happiness and overall well-being of youth.
5. Is necessary to strengthen focus and attention: When kids focus on one activity at a time during quiet time they develop their ability to focus and concentrate. Focus and concentration are like a muscle. To strengthen it, it must be practiced. Concentration is best built when focusing on one activity at a time, not from multitasking.

Best Wishes To Your Family!