“Room Time” was written by Kay Lee. I met Kay in my home when Melinda, our daughter taught art lessons to Kay’s precious children. The photo to the right is Kay Lee’s five year old son having “Room Time.”
As a homeschooling mom of three kids, (my daughter is sixteen, my sons are about to be fourteen and five) I have read countless books on parenting. I have yet to read a parenting book that I agree with completely. My parenting style has emerged as a blend of parts of these books, much prayer, plus many other influences.
There are several things I have learned over the years that I am so very thankful for, things that have made my parenting journey more joyful and less stressful. I would like to share one of those with you.
Itʼs called Room Time.
The idea is that once your toddler gives up his nap time, he transitions to room time. Rather than sleeping during this time, he may play in his room instead.
I used a baby gate at the door of my toddlerʼs room to ensure he stayed in the room, made sure he was safe, and stayed within earshot in case he needed me. Most days that process was just as easy as it was to write that last sentence describing the process. However, there were days of little chubby fingers grasping the baby gate as the tears fell! Determination on my part, not giving in although it would have been the easier path, made Room Time successful.
Overall, Room Time was a great experience for both mom and child. When my kids were little, it was an invaluable time to return phone calls, have a quiet time, pay bills, or any other activity which a toddlerʼs presence would not enhance! The child could play and sing and create the imaginary world of his choosing all in the safety of his room. When my older two needed my attention for school in the mornings, my little one would do room time. Now, as the little one is doing kindergarten, he does his room time after he and I finish his schoolwork allowing me to spend time with the older two.
Some great benefits have come from Room Time.
My kids can all easily entertain themselves.
My sanity~ One of the most difficult things of being a mom to multiple kids, for me, is that feeling of being “pulled” in several different directions at once.
Room Time has helped me focus on one or two kids at a time without the other continually pleading for attention.
I hope Room Time will be a blessing to all the moms who try it!