Five Rest Time Ideas That Allow a Little Downtime for Caregivers Too

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Five Rest Time Ideas That Allow a Little Downtime for Caregivers Too

This summer, let’s redefine “rest time” and explore creative ways to recharge and restore our energy!

Rest time doesn’t have to be limited to napping; it can encompass moments of stillness, relative quiet, and independent activities. In our home, we define it as a period for everyone, including parents, to find solace and rejuvenation.

Here are five rest time ideas that align with this definition and provide caregivers with some much-needed downtime:


While rest time goes beyond napping, a short nap can still be an effective way to recharge. Encourage your children to take a nap or engage in quiet activities that promote relaxation. This allows parents to rest alongside their children, creating a peaceful environment for everyone.


A Simple Quiet Time

Foster an atmosphere of stillness and relative quiet. Find a peaceful spot in your home or garden where you can sit, meditate, or enjoy the silence. This time allows you to clear your mind, release stress, and recharge your mental and emotional batteries.


Dynamic Quiet Time

Rest time doesn’t have to be passive. Engage your children in dynamic quiet time activities that stimulate their minds while still providing relaxation. Consider puzzles, building blocks, or quiet board games. Parents can join in or take this opportunity to engage in a hobby they enjoy, such as knitting or painting.



Introduce audiobooks as a way to unwind and foster independent activities. Choose age-appropriate audiobooks that captivate your children’s imagination and let them listen while engaging in quiet play or drawing. Parents can also enjoy audiobooks or podcasts with their children or separately as they rest and restore.


Reading Café

Transform rest time into a special moment by creating a reading café experience. Designate a cozy area in your home where everyone can gather with their favourite books,drink a cup of tea and enjoy a snack. Encourage children to explore different genres; parents can model the joy of reading. This shared reading experience promotes relaxation, imagination, and family bonding.

This summer, let’s reimagine rest time as a time for stillness, relative quiet, and independent activities. By incorporating these moments of rejuvenation, caregivers can find much-needed downtime while providing an opportunity for their children to explore, relax, and restore their energy, allowing the entire family to rest and recharge together.

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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