Each morning, my children ask “What are we doing today?“, my favourite days are when I can answer “Nothing!”.
I love Nothing days. Of course, there is actually no such thing as a Nothing day in our home, with walking the dog, cooking, cleaning, gardening, writing blog posts, but when it can all be done at my own pace I am happy. As Free Range Learners/Unschoolers/Home Schoolers we spend a lot of time out and about, which I do love, but the pressure to be somewhere at a certain time often turns me into a stress head. I cherish those days when I wake up, not having to plan our morning with military precision to get us all from the stage of being in Pj’s to being in the car by our designated time of departure, with all the in-between bits completed. I have been known to pull out of the drive with a wet towel still on my head, children giggling in the back seats.
I used to feel guilty about Nothing days, but I began to realise they were actually good for us as a family.
Slowing down, for a day (or two) helps me to collect my thoughts (and energy) and often, I will come up with new ideas for us all to try. The children will discover something new, that is actually old, in the craft cupboard or someone might spontaneously shout out “LETS MAKE LASAGNE!” and we will, because we have the time. Does learning happen when we do Nothing? I believe it does; day dreaming, pottering, doing things slowly allows ideas to bubble to the surface.
Many, tribal cultures call doing nothing, DreamTime.
DreamTime is held as an important part of living a life of service to others and brings happiness to our communities, families and ourselves. “Busy Doing Nothing” days should be built into our weeks just like “Washing day” (Ha, Washing Day, as if I’m so organised to have one of those!). I think we should all give ourselves permission to do NOTHING….who’s with me!