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As parents, especially in modern times, a lot of us may feel the pressure to constantly be going, going, going. However, doing so will only ensure that both you and your little one end up overstimulated and exhausted, and no one wants that.

Quiet time is not only beneficial to your kids, but it’s also essential for you. It’s pretty much essential for all of us. Because children are still developing, quiet time helps their brains to be able to process and understand all the new information they have been exposed to. Much like sponges, kids absorb pretty much everything and process it to create new neural pathways, which helps them to continue their brain development.

The problem is, if they never have much downtime, they can easily get overwhelmed. That is one of the many reasons why quiet time is essential. But, there are other benefits too, such as emotional regulation, and it encourages them to rest. If you haven’t ever made a point to set aside quiet time each day, getting in the swing of it may seem difficult, but I assure you, there are ways to sneak it in, in such a way that it doesn’t overwhelm either of you.

Here are 6 ways to get more quiet time.

1. Give them a book.

Even if your child isn’t reading, if you a lot 30 minutes per day as quiet time, and set them in their room for 30 minutes with a book, it will keep them occupied. Not only that, but encouraging a passion for books in your little one ASAP will help them in a myriad of ways.

2. Use building toys.

Building toys like Legos, Lincoln Logs, and other blocks are a perfect way to encourage quiet time. Keep these toys stashes away and pull them out at the quiet time. Instruct them to build quietly for 30 minutes and at the end of that time, they can show you their creation.

3. Doodling/ Coloring.

For little ones, you might want to get invisible ink coloring sets (Crayola makes these) which will ensure they don’t color on your walls. Otherwise, give your child some supplies and let them go to town. Make sure to set the same rule as above.

4. Sensory toys.

Sensory toys are a great way to encourage quiet time. Things like slime in a bag, glitter water in a bottle, fidget toys, and random things in plastic baggies can make for great sensory play.

5. Puzzles

Puzzles are perfect for quiet time because they take concentration. Buy one or two that are age-appropriate, and you are not only helping them unwind but also helping them fine-tune their motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills.

6. Quiet music.

Music does set the stage. Find some ambient music or classical music, turn it down low, and ask them to stay quiet until the end of the allotted time. It’s also good to pair this with a puzzle or coloring time.