Make a Comfy Place for Quiet Time
What to Teach Your Child: Quiet Time Is Good for You
Help your child identify her comfy place as a spot where she is surrounded by comfortable things and where she can rest her mind as well as her body. Encourage her to use her quiet time in her comfy place to use her imagination. Teach her some relaxation skills to play with there, like imagining peaceful, happy scenes such as fields of flowers.
Of course, you don't want to use your child's comfy place as a place for punishment, like you would a time-out zone. However, when your child is upset, crying hard, or angry, you may suggest that she go to her comfy place to be quiet, think, and relax her mind. You are teaching your child how to respond to stress in a healthy way -- a skill that she will use her whole life.
What's the FIT Connection?
Teaching your child healthy ways to respond to moods like being angry, sad, or tired is part of raising FIT kids. Routine quiet time can help your child learn how to cope with her feelings, which overall can help her learn to manage stress.
Kids who learn healthy ways to respond to bad moods and stress can use their skills to help them succeed in all aspects of a FIT life. Kids who manage stress well are more prepared to participate in healthy choices -- like trying new foods, choosing healthy foods, being active, interacting with others, and going to bed on time.
Kids who don't manage stress well, on the other hand, are more susceptible to unhealthy choices in all aspects of life. Without healthy ways to ease stress, kids -- like adults -- are more apt to overeat, withdraw from activity and become lethargic, develop depression, have difficult relationships, and have problems sleeping.