One of the milestones of this past year for our family was our oldest giving up naps. It became more of a battle than it was worth to make him take one, so instead we developed quiet time.
As a mom to three little ones who wake up early, quiet time each day is mandatory. Plus it’s healthy for all of us to have some space and time to ourselves.
Somedays are smooth sailing and he welcomes time alone in his room, but other days he is tired and resists.
In order to make quiet time a little more inviting, I knew I had to personalize it.
We worked on it together which re-enforced the fact that it was his space to play, draw, and use his imagination.
I wanted to make sure he had a place to draw so in came his grandpa’s childhood desk and chair. The top flips open to a nice little storage area for extra paper, notebooks, and pencils. His crayons are in an old coffee cup on top.
He requested a shelf to house some of his special things. That little shelf and his nightstand are always changing and many times are overflowing with his treasures! The simple delights of childhood.
The bulletin board was a thrift store find for $1 which I recovered by stapling a fun chevron fabric to it. The rhino picture happens to be artwork of his daddy’s!
When it came time to fill up the bookshelf, he had certain items in mind. I think teaching him to have a place for everything at a very young age made him very organized.
He wanted books on the top shelf and left the bottom open for some of his containers and toys. They house matchbox cars(in an old oatmeal container covered in scrapbook paper), legos, mosaic pegboard pictures, and an old cigar box filled with more special belongings.
Creating this space for him made his room feel more personalized to him, but also encouraged him to stay in there and quietly play or create.
Honestly, some of his most creative drawings are made during quiet time.
We still have our days when he doesn’t want to be in there, but I’ve found switching out the activities available to him helps a ton.
What I love most about this space is it will grow with him as he gets older. It will be perfect for doing independent school work down the road.
Now to tackle toning down his walls! To his delight, the walls were orange when we moved in last fall! We’re all ready for a change, including him.
Danielle blogs about her family of five and making their house a home at Oak Bay Drive. Her days are filled with knock, knock jokes that make no sense, laundry, playing with her kids, and relaxing in the evenings with her husband. She delights in little things and loves getting crafty even if it’s a simple ten minute project to satisfy her need to create!
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