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!

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4 thoughts on “Busy Doing Nothing

  1. We’ve been home educating since January this year and I still feel a bit guilty on nothing days. I also love to be busy, so I find that I get a little bored, especially when this weather isn’t great and I can’t get out in the garden. The kids seem to love lazy days though.

    1. Thanks for commenting Tana. Yes, when the days are short I do feel the need to get us all out of the house as often as I can. Then, I have to try to find an activity everyone wants to do. Swimming or a trip to the library sometimes works.

  2. We are unschooling family for a year. I have 3 girls, 2, 4 and almost 7 yo. I realize that the “nothing day” is so important. My body call me stop. Not all, not quick, just slowly. And just those things which charge me. Which charge us. I read your book. I feel and think the same. Thank you. And this post too.

    1. Thank you for commenting Beatrix. You’re words reminded me today to slow down. It’s so good to just let the day unfold into doing things that bring us joy.

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