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Experts share the true benefits of silence. It really is golden!

“One of the most common misconceptions parents have is that their children need constant stimulation because that’s how they’ll develop their brains to help them be early-developers, to be ahead of the curve and to do well throughout the rest of their lives,” Dr Justin told The Advertiser.

“And while it’s true that children do need stimulation, we don’t need to go and invite it into their lives.”

Dr Coulson pointed to research released earlier this year from scientists at America’s Duke University.

They found silence is one of the most productive stimuli for the brain.

“What scientists have discovered is that silence allows an area of the brain, called the hippocampus, to do what it does best,” Dr Coulson said.

“And since the hippocampus is where our memories are stored and where we process our emotions … it is critical to learning.

“Silence gives this really important part of the brain the opportunity to process, consolidate and strengthen itself.”

Dr Justin said two hours of silence a day was golden.

How can we encourage silence and quiet time? 

Centacare parent educator Clare Bowyer told The Advertiser children could find silence in simple ways.

“Cloud watching, fishing, looking at the night sky, bird watching, or sitting in a tree house or a space to be in solitude are all simple ways children can find quiet,” she said.

She added, “Silence gives children more focus rather than their mind being scattered.”

Yoga is another great practice for children to experience on a regular basis.

Reading, drawing, and writing stories, even puzzles and Lego are other options to encourage your child to have a bit of quiet time if you are looking for ideas.

Does your child get enough “silence” or downtime in their day?

Read more: The one exercise all children should be participating in daily

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  • I carve short bursts of silence so I trained up my children from a young age to be still and/or play quietly for a short time. It helps them be calmer too.

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  • lol good luck to people trying to get their kids to be silent! mine are crazy loud and they vibe off each other so there is no quiet around here lol! i suppose it probably gets easier the older that they get

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  • Teaching kids to be bored is a very important skill for them.

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  • I love silence and have never felt the need for the children or anyone in the family to have to be entertained all of the time. People have to know how to enjoy the quiet moments and have to know how to entertain themselves too.

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  • My kids like to sit and read but they get a lot of quiet time traveling. It takes 30 minutes to get to school if I take them and 3.5hrs to get to the city every few months and they sit quietly and read or watch the world go by.

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  • Quiet time is so important indeed !
    We practice silent time when we read in bed together, no words are spoken or only a whisper, just reading. My eldest loves drawing and writing as well and the younger ones puzzles and lego.
    With a house with 6 kids it can be rather noisy and kids can become rather hyper, especially after dinner. Then I announce it wing down time, not winding up. The curtains go closed, the lights get dimmed, bringing us in the mood to become quiet.


    • Important point about setting up the environment for quiet time – we do the same thing as it really does help.

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  • I remember sitting outside on a warm night when the sky was clear gazing up at the stars and suddenly spotting shapes. I remember one was like a kettle, one a tall tree. After an hour or so the others came to check I was OK, then we all pointed out what we found together. It wasn’t a learning experiment as such, it was just family fun

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  • My daughter was a real reader when she was little and carried it to adult hood.
    My son finds his quite time playing his guitar…it’s peaceful for him.

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  • Silence is a lovely time to yourself to enjoy what you like doing.

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  • I read this online as a news article and I thought ‘yes! Exactly!’. Silence is so important but in today’s world hardly ever happens for kids. My kids could definitely do with more ‘silent and quiet’ moments. My eldest does do yoga at school and at home and I’m aware of the need for them to experience silence and the importance of ‘nothing’. But often being busy, siblings and every day life means silence is very hard for them to experience. I love moments of silence. It recharges me and makes me feel less stressed. This article is a good reminder for me to incorporate more silence into my kids days.

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  • I always loved silence and I think we all appreciate it in the family.
    I can’t understand people that have for example the television on all day long, without even watching it. Just for company???

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