Raising boys can be such a hectic and adventurous job – certainly not for the faint of heart. Yes, there are slugs, snails, and puppy dog tails – but there’s also this wild imagination they share, a love for building forts from bed sheets and chairs, and an intense need for mama’s cuddles when they are sick or bump their knee on the coffee table. There’s even dreams of flying – although no attempts to climb onto the roof have been made just yet, thankfully. My children are full of energy and breathless wonder. I love to help cultivate their imagination and energy – but I also wanted to create a space of serenity and peace.
So my husband and I decided to do something really special for them, and create a quiet, inviting space for them. Also known as a Peace Corner.
*This post has been sponsored by My Uptown Baby, but all opinions are my own. No positive comments or remarks are ever guaranteed.
We choose to create our Peace Corner in our living room – turning one corner of the most frequented room in our home into a quiet spot. This has worked so well, because for our sanity (as loving, but tired parents), the room where almost all of the boisterous activity happens can suddenly turn into a place of worship, reflection, quiet play, and togetherness. This sums up a really great balance of the famous boy-energy that is abundant in our home and the much-needed draw to silence. A Peace Corner is very much like a War Room, but is open, inviting, and full of play as well as prayer.
For our Corner’s transformation, we decided to place a teepee (ours is from My Uptown Baby). We loved their quality, selection, and style above all others. The inspiration for using a teepee came from our sons’ love of building their beloved bed sheet forts.
Our teepee is 145 cm (about 4.75 ft) tall, and 120 cm (about 4 ft.) wide, and fits perfectly in the room. It has two exterior pockets (we’ve been placing books into ours for quiet reading time), and a four ‘pane’ window. Jax loves to play peek-a-boo through the window while Max and I read a good Goosebumps or Captain Underpants book.
I thought for sure, this whole ‘Peace Corner‘ thing would be laughed at – and I wondered if my house would ever truly be quiet for more than a mischievous moment where the wallpaper has been secretly ripped off the sitting room wall while I make a quick lunch.
Much to my surprise, it was an absolute hit!
We try, twice a day, to push a mental pause button together, and relax during the day from the crazy energy. Some of the things we do in our Peace Corner are:
- Reading books
- Quiet play with toys
- Listening to music (on low volume setting)
- Building blocks
- Color sorting toys
- Conflict resolution (when the boys are fighting, they are invited to sit in the teepee, and talk it through, apologize, etc).
Our Peace Corner has been a great time-out from the TV and constant noise and bustle our house seems to be in.
My husband suggested we place the teepee in Jax’s nursery, and I thought that was a great idea – but it took the idea of our Peace Corner away from the center of our home, and took up a lot of space in our office-turned-nursery. Although, I think this teepee would be great in most nurseries!
We’ve since placed the teepee back in its most effective spot, our living room.
Our home life has completely changed since introducing our My Uptown Baby teepee, and our Peace Corner. The boys are getting along better, and our sanity as the parents of two beautiful, high-energy little humans is restored. Being able to push that pause button has proved The teepee is the perfect spot to host a Peace Corner as well, because it is open, but gives that feeling of being a closed-off space when you’re inside. The door flaps can be closed as well, for encouraging our boys to resolve their conflicts. If you are thinking of incorporating a Corner of your own in your home, I highly recommend it! Visit my Instagram to get the code to save 10% your own teepee or canopy from My Uptown Baby!
Do you have a Peace Corner in your home?