Does this ever happen to you?
You’re at home with the kids, and you find yourself holding three different conversations, one for each child. It might go something like this:
To child one: “Ooh, yeah, that’s Ironman. He’s red…” Turn to face child two next: “Hmm, I don’t think I’ve seen a circle or square kite, but yeah I’m pretty sure they exist…” Then address child three, who all this time is reading a book on your lap: “Okay, where were we? Ah yes, A told B and B told C…”
I kid you not, this is a typical scenario at my home, with three different little ones clamoring for attention and me spewing off words left and right with hardly a moment’s pause.
I feel like a ping pong ball holding back and forth conversations. Add to this the days when I’m doing stuff around the house like cooking or putting things away while holding said multiple conversations. Yeah, it gets hectic.
So when I read Dan Harris’ book, 10% Happier about being in the moment, moving slowly and quieting the mind, I thought: “Easy for you to say—you don’t have kids!”
Still, I was drawn to the idea of the anti-multitasking. I’ve long heard (and learned firsthand) the pitfalls of doing more than one thing at a time: You lose focus, you waste time remembering where you left off, and you’re bound to make mistakes or overlook something. Read more →Want to get a better handle on this parenting thing? Join me on the mailing list for exclusive content: