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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Perspective: Time Management and My Kids

Sometimes I need to step back and remember that childhood goes quickly.  It seems like, because I do my work from home, I am always working.  I'm sure it seems that way to my children, especially since I haven't put myself on a schedule.  I'll work for 45 minutes then stop for an hour, then work for two hours then fix lunch.  Even after I tell myself "only fifteen more minutes" I'll still want to "check something real quick" and I'm on the computer for another thirty minutes. 

Organic Waldorf Inspired Doll   Accy
My girls, ages six and two, want my attention throughout.  I, of course, want to give it to them.  This is part of the reason I'm constantly up and down with work.  How many times can I get up to see how pretty Princess looks, or admire yet another piece of artwork?  

Today I read an article about Michael J. Fox and his recipe for happiness.  (This article was in the May 2010 issue of Reader's Digest.)  Fox was asked to share advice on parents that begins "Always..."  and this was his response:

"Always be available to your kids.  Because if you say, 'Give me five minutes, give me ten minutes,' it'll be 15, it'll be 20.  And then when you get there, the shine will have worn off whatever it is they wanted to share with you.  I've never gotten up to see something one of my kids wanted to show me and not been rewarded."

He is so right... and that is advice I am always going to remember. 

In the same issue of Reader's Digest, I also came upon a real funny in the Laugh!:) section.  It refers to "helicopter parents", and books that would be of interest to them.  They list as the source.  (I've also just become a subscriber to the blog... more parenting advice that makes sense to me!)  This list really gave me a good laugh!

  • Pat the Bunny and Then Slather Your Hands with Purell
  • The Little Engine That Didn't Risk It
  • Clifford the Big Red Hypoallergenic Dog
  • Charlie and the Individually Wrapped 100-Calorie Serving of Free Trade Chocolate
  • Curious George Doesn't Go Anywhere
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Mercury Poison
  • Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Missing Childhood
  • SS Double Fingerprint Thumbprint Heart Necklace by rockmyworldinc
  • You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown... But Just in Case, We'll Need Fingerprints and a Background Check
Hope you've gotten a good laugh from this... and maybe a little bit of perspective.  I know I have.

All the best, Jessica


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the article. I am working on time management as the little ones are back in school/preschool it has been a little easier. But for some reason my creativity takes off around 3pm which is when I head off to get the kiddos and I am trying to fit in crafting/creating before dinner. I am trying to make 3pm-8pm family matter what. I really enjoyed Michael J. Fox's quote as well. Thanks again.