Got Loud Kids? 10 Ways Moms Can Find Peace & Quiet

6) Find your version of replenishment.

Discover what’s truly restful for you and making it a priority.

What makes you happy? What do you truly enjoy? What makes you feel alive, not just as a mother but as a soul created for true purpose and beauty?

Only you know what that is (and don’t worry if you don’t because it frequently changes for me).

Whatever it is, do it, and do it regularly. Stop filling whatever free time you have with stuff that doesn’t bring true soul rest.

7) Know your limits and find immediate relief.

We all have different tolerances for noise. Truly. I’m a big believer in discovering what those limits are and honoring them as part of our own personality.

In the name of sanity (and in keeping the anger monster in its place), I believe it’s OK to tell our kids, “Mommy is super frustrated right now and is going to be in her room with the door shut for five to ten minutes. Please don’t disturb her.”

Here’s a video where I share three awesome ways to calm down (just one part of what I share in the “7 Days to a Less Angry Mom” course):

Hey, moms for sure need a time out (from not only the noise but all the demands of motherhood) from time to time.

And speaking of that immediate need for calm…

8) Play “the quiet game” with your kids.

There are moments when I know that, if my kids don’t give me peace and quiet right now, I’m going to lose it big time.

That’s when I pull out my big guns–the “quiet” game.

We usually call this the “5 minutes of quiet” game (or who can be the most quiet). I set the timer (or if we’re driving, I watch the clock), turn off the TV or radio (or anything causing noise) and we are absolutely still.

I breathe deep, do my best to stay in the moment and pray for God to turn on the calm.

I try not to overuse this game (because it’s unrealistic to ask my kids to do this all the time) but when I need it, it’s there.

9) Try free-form journaling.

Sometimes I find that the noise around me is really noise spinning inside my head!

These are my fears and anxieties; those little things about life that are currently bugging me; things that I must get done in the day… you name it!

When this happens, I turn to my trusty 99-cent spiral bound notebook and just begin writing. It’s nothing formal or pretty–it’s just a release of the thoughts in my head. I usually feel much better when these thoughts are out on paper and not rattling around in my noggin.

10) Spend time with the one who promises peace and quiet for our souls.

Ultimately, true replenishment and rest from the world is found in God!

He wants to offer us a deeper peace than anything we can experience on our own.

He longs to restore what is broken inside us and to fill us up to our true capacity.

He doesn’t promise escape from our troubles but he does promise his peace through them.

Here are a few verses to ponder on God’s version of peace and quiet for our souls: Psalm 23; Psalm 29:11; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 32:16-18; John 14:27; and John 16:33.

 

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About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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About the Author

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Davonne - May 1, 2015 Reply

This is a great article. You’re a fantastic writer.

    Alicia Michelle - May 1, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, Davonne, for the encouragement! 🙂

sherah - May 2, 2015 Reply

Great post!loved all the suggestions here. I just have one suggestion to add for noise-harried moms like myself (I have four kids,8,3,2,and 1…lot’s of noise around here! 🙂 ) when it gets to just be too much, invest in a pair of headphones from a home improvement store. The kind made for dampening the noise of chainsaws. These are my go to relief and I can still hear for safety,..just takes the edge off. I even sleep with them on when my husband’s snoring gets too loud. They’re a $15 lifesaver for me!! 🙂

    Alicia Michelle - May 2, 2015 Reply

    Hi Sherah! Ooooh…. I LOVE this suggestion! Like a dampener. You’re not necessarily tuning it out, just turning it down. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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