Thursday, April 15, 2010

Just say No

Why are today's families so harried?
The massive technological advances of our era were supposed to make our lives simpler. I mean, my parents and their generation had to ride horses to school, while normality for my kids involves being able to fly (literally) half way around the world in just over a day. But are today's kids less stressed than their grandparents were 60-ish years ago? I don't think so.
Why are our impressively advanced lives so multitasking-ly crazy-busy? Dropping kids off, answering the cell phone, picking kids up, texting off a message, tweeting that the toast is burnt, hiding Farmville updates, and on and on.

What is the real problem here? Could it be that advances in technology have made methods of claiming your time that much more efficient? Perhaps virulent is a more accurate term.

Here is one tip to help keep your families schedule under control:
JUST SAY NO (politely of course).

You and your family members don't have to attend every event, watch every episode, sign the kids up to every sport, play every season, answer every call, reply to every text, you get the idea. Deliberately incorporate down time into your schedules: give them a season off, skip the event, record the game and watch it later (blasphemy!) let someone else shoulder the responsibility for a change (Breathe easy, the world will not grind to a halt, and your kids development will not be stunted).

Dad U
-unplug periodically

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