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Daily Half Time for Kids

We’re one week into summer, and I woke up to horrible screaming at 6:45am.  Daddy went to work and our little one was awake and unhappy about being left behind.  Then the bigger one woke up, too. I turned on the TV and went back to bed.  Don’t judge. I’m not a morning person.  Ten minutes later when it was evident that my kids could not handle one another alone, I sent them to their rooms.  They played quietly for an hour.  An Hour!

This is when I decided to institute Half Time.

Half Time is Quiet Time dressed up in a cool name.  My boys don’t nap anymore and are wise to the quiet time ploy.  But geez, even strong athletes need a Half Time! The fact is, we can’t handle being around one another from 7am until 8+pm every day.  They get tired of one another and more fights ensue; the family room and yard need a kid break; I need to allow my mind to turn inward for a few minutes.  The quiet time this morning reminded me that my kids like their rooms and need to learn and appreciate alone time.

Therefore, Half Time.  Schedules may vary, but I’m aiming for 3-4pm each day.  Now we need to work on our wake-up time…

How do you handle summer routines and rest time?


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  1. Liz Sniegocki 06/09/2012 at 7:27 pm

    I’m with you! We’ve started a quiet time mid-day for summer as well. I don’t have a set time, but sometime after lunch each day… 1:30 or 2:30ish… we are having “Summer Siesta” time for quiet, solo play… reading… napping (with an 8 & 4 year old, I’m alone on this one!). So far, not a single grumble! I set a timer for 45 min. and have found they keep going way beyond that time! It’s marvelous. AS for morning, they always get up before me. We have set days they are aloud morning TV, otherwise, they play on their own and do art.

  2. Laura Lee 06/07/2012 at 6:38 pm

    Such a great idea Erica, I am going to try it tomorrow. Hmmm, my suggestions, I try to set a little alarm clock in their room at around 8am. Since they always get up before 8am, I tell them they have to play or read quietly in their room until the alarm clock goes off. Then, I have time to get myself ready for the day before they come barreling in :).