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Quiet Times

By Carol Harding for Your Baby Today

Little does the word "quiet" appear in parenting articles. Has being quiet and having quiet time become non-existent in the world of children and families?

True, a household with young children is seldom quiet. Even the sounds we like - music, TV, sports, pets - can sometimes fill every space of our lives, making us feel exhausted. Has quietude become a rare treat?

There are many benefits of quietude: the mind and spirit are refreshed, things that typically go unnoticed get noticed, and the unappreciated aspects of our lives can be appreciated.

Here are ways to make a habit of, and to make the most of, quiet times:

  • Enjoying quiet moments can happen anytime, but it's important to schedule quiet time. Go to bed earlier than usual, wake up before everyone else in the home, walk to a quiet space to sit and breathe, or submerge yourself in a bath.

  • Be still in the quiet time. It's difficult to do nothing in our busy, goal-directed lives, but try. If you have to do something, try quiet activities like reading, sketching, or knitting.

  • Engage your baby (and the rest of your family) in your quiet habits. Nursing or holding your baby is a beautiful way to spend your quiet time.

  • Keep a "quiet" journal. Write down thoughts, dreams, and life stories to record the best of times and to get through the not-so-good times.

  • Be an advocate of quiet time. Busy people especially will benefit from, recognize, and enjoy quietude.

The content on these pages is provided as general information only and should not be substituted for the advice of your physician.
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