Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | September 17, 2009

WANTED: Quiet time

In the constant action and change in our society, it is hard to find time for peace and quiet. There are so many demands on our time.

However, teaching your child about how to have quiet time is so important in their growth.

Have you ever known someone who never wants to be alone? A child who learns how to have quiet time will grow into an adult who can have quiet time as well; time for restoring their energy and their spirit. Teaching your child how be comfortable with alone-time is an important and life-long skill that can give them so many blessings.

You can help your child get used to quiet time so that they can learn to:

  • Read and learn
  • Play and learn
  • Rest and think
  • Reflect on God’s word
  • Reflect on God’s hand in nature
  • Be still and listen to nature
  • Be still and listen to God

It is so easy to get caught up in the noise and business of the world and not allow yourself time for peace to talk to God.

A parent needs to also take that time…both so that your children see you doing this in your actions, as well as for your own rest and reflection time.

We are reminded to be still in Psalm 46:10 and Psalm 37:7.

Some ways that I find quiet time include:

  • Women’s retreats
  • Long walks
  • Prayer time
  • When I cook/bake
  • Reading
  • Etc.

What are some ways that you teach your children about the importance of being still and having quiet time?

What are some ways that you find quiet time for yourself?

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