I sit down to a warm cup of blended teas. I set out Heidi, our read out loud material. Then I lay down An Evening hymn, the poetry that I read and then my oldest attempts to recite. My eager four year old tries too as we all prepare our teas. Behind me lingers our picture study.
I feel a deep sense of peace wash over me.
It is Tea Time, a custom that I have slowly started adding in once or twice a week, suggested to me in our A Gentle Feast Curriculum. Something that has layered another element of peace to our home.
An atmosphere that I so deeply desired…
Easily lost among the early years of tantrums, no time for self-care, and never ending bed time routines.
I knew that for peace to happen in our home that it needed to be created, so bit by bit I made small changes until it happened.
Looking back there was never just one thing that changed it all. Rather it was a constant awareness and paying attention to what was causing an unrest, addressing it, then replacing it with something that creates peace instead.
It could be as simple as overbooking our schedule with field trips, bi-weekly co-op, cross-country, and ballet. While all of those commitments are a lovely social outlet, the pressure of having to get everything within our home done before we leave added unnecessary stress. Thankfully, easily remedied by removing the least favored activity until we find peace again.
Othertimes it could be focusing on character development through habit training. Children are passively or actively learning habits-good or bad. How they are guided to good habits in these early years is up to us.
Prioritizing spirituality and cultivating a homeschool that places relationships above academics has infused a significant amount of peaceful changes in our home.
Peace isn’t just something that happens, it is an atmosphere that you cultivate into your home environment.
Once or twice a week tea time in place of the busy or hurried moments has brought so much peace. It can for you too.
If you’re longing for the unhurried and peaceful home atmosphere start with one small change. Either it be a shift in your rhythm, an entire schedule change, or focusing on character development through habit training.
Then try adding in tea time. To really make it work for me, I simultaneously used this time for one of several studies from A Gentle Feast’s beauty loop:
- Picture Study
- Scripture verse
You can use this time too to incorporate any area that you want all while enjoy a relaxing cup of tea. I’ve noticed that having a regular tea time also works on table etiquette, life skills (making tea), and conversational skills.
While sometimes I’ll add a read out loud. Personally, I prefer to use our tea time to recite the poem that my children are learning. This is the first year my children have begun to recite poems. It has been a beautiful addition. I reflect now on a tender moment as I was tucking my daughter into bed. Once a task that I wished to rush through, now a part of our day I try to savor. I read a chapter from a book, sing a song, and say a prayer that is our bedtime routine. This time she stops me with a poem; An Evening Hymn: “All praise to thee, my God, this night, For all the blessings of the light; keep me, O keep me, king of kings, Beneath thy own almighty wings.” I much prefer a poem bubbling up at such a time as this then excuses to evade sleep.
How about you?
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