You know what I miss about the baby/toddler stages?
Holy moly, is it a sad day when the naps go away. You all of a sudden lose your midday break and it SUCKS.
My kids have “room time” after the naps have gone away, but a lot of times they are constantly asking me when they can come out. I’ve quickly learned it’s best for everyone to have a set of activities they can do quietly.
Que the Quiet Time Boxes! These are boxes I fill with activities they can do while in their bed and I only let them play with them while they’re having their room time so they are special.
The whole goal of this is a break for YOU.
(I do make them start with reading, whatever time you choose. (We usually do 20-30 mins.) Then their time is their own! They can do whatever they want, but have to play quietly in their rooms.)
Here are a list of the activities that I put in them!
- Sketch books
- Crayons or colored pencils
- Sticker books (here, here, and here)
- Coloring books
- Lego idea books
- Library/Reading books
- Word search
Here is to gaining your breaks back!!