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What Creativity Requires

Since I wrote this post about reestablishing our habit of having a daily quiet time (or nap time, or quiet contemplation, time, or whatever you want to call it) I realized that there are folks reading here and at my Facebook page who feel very strongly about not allowing their children to nap for fear they will be up until midnight with a toddler who doesn't require as much sleep as Mama does.

Believe me, that is a very real fear I have myself because I have one particular child who will indeed be awake until the wee hours if she happens to get an afternoon nap.

But, because I so strongly believe that every one of us needs some time in each day to think quiet thoughts, to daydream, to imagine without any noise or screens or requirements of our thoughts and our time, I go ahead and risk the unneeded nap to give her that down time.

And now, there is new evidence that quiet time is what is required for creativity to flourish.

I already knew that, but it is nice to see the study confirming my thoughts!

quiet contemplation

Just look what can happen when kids are given time for quiet contemplation and daydreaming!

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  1. Your child is brilliant. YOU are brilliant. THANK YOU for the encouragement to keep soldiering on with this very positive part of our day!!!


  2. I’m not the only one with a child who does this???! Thank you for this “encouragement”. He’s three and he stopped taking a nap when he was two. Now if he even gets 5 minutes in the car he will be up until midnight. He also won’t go to sleep if he hasn’t pooped in a few days..which seems to happen a lot. Any tips on this?

  3. We have been having a regular quiet time in the afternoons for 18 years and I wouldn’t dream of giving it up! This has never caused a sleeping problem – especially in a toddler or preschooler. In fact, if anyone under six misses their nap during this time, they are a BEAR by dinner time. Even my teens and adult daughter still enjoy this time and I love the chance to snuggle our newest toddler. 😉