I've been thinking a bit lately about children - and adults - having the ability to spend time in their own company. I think it's such an important skill for children to have, when they are young and when they are older.
I have noticed for years the way so many of us can't stand at the bus stop without putting our heads in our cell phones, or, it seems, do almost anything at all alone without turning to technology (or quickly grabbing a few friends).
I want my children, as they grow, to ride the bus with their heads pressed against the window watching the world flashing past, or notice the old lady who needs a seat, or the shopper who has dropped a bag. I want them to go for walks and listen to the sounds of the traffic, or the stream, or the seagulls. I want them to smile and nod at those who will meet their eye. I want them to relish an afternoon in the sun with a book. I want them to look up and see the sky. I want them to get lost in their own thoughts. I want them to love their own company.
And now, while they are little, how shall I teach them this? I try to give the little guy quiet time after lunch, partly to give me a break, but partly to help him learn to be on his own. I must say, it often gets passed by as we (or he) get engrossed in other things, but perhaps, after writing this, I should make it a priority.
Do you have any ideas on how else to help them learn to enjoy alone time? Do you make it happen for your children? And what about you? Do you know how to look around the bus stop, or wait at the takeaway counter with your phone in your pocket?