To do two things at once is to do neither. – Publilius Syrus (c. 46 BC)
Though we brag about our ability to multi-task, I don’t believe multi-tasking is possible unless the second activity is mindless. For me, ironing is one of those mindless activities.
When we are always connected, that umbilical link to electronics could cause us to miss our most important connection; relationship building with our children. That is done most effectively by being attentive and present as parents. The most valuable times aren’t scheduled, but rather the casual moments woven into everyday life.
Talk about your day, ask about their day. Look for changes in behavior; engage in a dialog regarding the observations your child makes.
If you are divorced and don’t have the opportunity to have daily meaningful conversations, then use the same technology the divides us to connect to your kids. Use the phone, email, texting, or Skype to let them know that you love them.
Whatever your situation, don’t miss moments by falling prey to the many distractions calling for our attention.
Remember, you are building a child and even though it is hard work, it is much easier to spend the time and energy on building a child than it is to repair an adult.
Have a great week!
Tina Nocera, Founder