It’s raining and cold outside today and all I want to do is curl up with a blanket and a good book. Do you remember the last time you actually did that? Me either. As much as I’m very squarely in the camp to stop the glorification of busy, I’m still guilty of completely over scheduling myself at all times. Don’t get me started on the over-programming that is our lives these days. I could write am entire blog series on my thoughts about over scheduling our kids, and of course, I continue to do it myself. “She really wants to play soccer and take karate and be in scouts and do book club and yoga. How can I make her chose when she’s just exploring her options?” It’s a sickness, I’m sure.
This time of year in particular, when I’ve had about enough of carpool and meal planning, when it seems like every other night we have conflicting events to attend, I am aware of the need to slow down with intention. I’m also more aware of the need to instill the value of slow in my kids during this season.
I often hear from kids the desire to have a space that is cozy and quiet, a space that is dedicated to “just hanging out”. Whether it is a cozy corner or a reading nook or a fort, kids love to snuggle into a quiet place just as much as they love to run around outside. There is a reason teepees are so popular these days. When you stop and think about it for a minute, don’t you sometimes just want to crawl into a tent and shield yourself from the speed track of life? We all need that balance.
Reading nooks are really simple (and fun) to create. A great reading nook begins with someplace to sit and access to books. Get creative with seating. A bean bag chair or pile of pillows is a great for younger kids. Just scale that up to an oversized lounger for teens (I’m also a huge fan of this Sherpa bean bag chair). Bookshelves can be traditional or small or fun or even just a basket. A rug or canopy or teepee is a great way to differentiate the space from the rest of the room. Teens girls are especially fond of little white lights, which can also frame the space and create a clear “cozy zone” in the room.
Add in some cheeky art or pillows, a soft blanket, and good light. Maybe a basket or two for quiet toys and books for younger kids or books and magazines for older kids. See how simple that is? Kind of makes me want to carve out a book nook for myself.
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