Monday, July 23, 2007

Getting into the post-trip holiday groove today. Starting with a pancake breakfast. Tasha's family recipe has become pretty sacred in our house, but is usually reserved for the weekends when we can be a bit more leisurely about it.

More decadent breakfasts was just one of the ways I wanted to make our holiday time a little different this year. Earlier this summer, I was inspired by Erin's talk of a quiet time each day and resolved to put one in place at our house. So after lunch, I explained the concept. An hour of time, playing quietly, no screen time (computer or TV), no activity requiring parental assistance or supervision, no fighting or yelling. Then calmly I set the timer and walked upstairs.

Well knock me down with a feather - it actually worked! The boys played out some elaborate rescue services scenario together and then Mark went to his room and read for a bit. I was astounded. Tomorrow I'm actually setting the timer for a whole hour (wimped out with 45 mins today, but hey, it's good for starters). I may yet manage to retain my sanity until September. Or will it be a case of pride coming before a fall....

13 comments:

kat said...

oh looks yummy!
Great idea about the 1 hour a day.
Good luck with it.

capello said...

omg, i totally need to try that. THEY DIDN'T FIGHT? impress me with your awesomeness.

Megan said...

Mmm, pancakes. And I'm terribly impressed with your awesomeness too.

Christy said...

Congrats on the successful quiet time! My DS has discovered the joy of jigsaw puzzles and has been occupying himself quite well with them lately.

Heidijayhawk said...

glad to see it worked for you! i think it may be the only way i keep my sanity!

French Knots said...

That's amazing - I'm going to give it a try, even if it only works a few times a week it will be a bonus.

janet clare said...

I don't suppose the 'golden' hour will work with a 3 and 5 year old will it? Shall I try? Got to be worth a shot...

TinkerBlue said...

the pancake batter looks tasty.

I like the hour of quiet time. Hope it continues to work.

tiel said...

I tried the oven timer the oven day for 'quiet time' with my 3 and 4 year olds. Only for 30 minutes. Sadly it didn't work. I cannot wait until they get to the reading stage. You do realise that if you give them too many yummy breakfasts, they will never leave home.

Kristy said...

I am going to try the quiet time thing aswell sounds good but not always achievable in practice! xxx

Joanna Butchart said...

i think i have a while to wait as mine are 4 and 1. THe 4 year old could manage it but not the one year old. Although she could do an hour of devastation

dottycookie said...

I have to try that timed hour thing. I can't quite imagine it will work in this house, or that they will not have injured each other by the end of it, but at least I should try, right?

Pancakes look scrummy. Mr Dottycookie is usually in charge of those on Saturday mornings while I attempt to sleep in ...

nuttnbunny said...

Glad those pancakes are there with you. Funny. When I share recipes it's almost like I get to hang with your tribe, if only in spirit, over a lovely breakfast. Will you start inviting me to stay for the quiet hour too? :-)