Friday, December 3rd, 2010
As parents, it’s inevitable that you love your kids and want to spend a lot of quality time with them. However, spending every waking moment with your kids may not be the best thing for you or your kids.
The Wall Street Journal believes “intense parenting comes with a cost.” Based on recent research from a Focus on Workplace Flexibility conference, the percentage of parents (especially dads) spending time with their kids have increased dramatically since the 1960s. However, the percentage of parents multitasking has also increased, which means that even as parents are spending more physical time with their kids, quality time is lacking.
Some parents are giving up important healthy rituals such as regular sleep, grooming, planning and cooking meals, cleaning, exercise, and leisure time with the spouse. As parents multitask and split their attention, they feel increased stress, frustration, and irritation.
By sacrificing certain things for their kids, parents are losing focus on themselves to relax, breathe, and recharge. Parents are becoming more distracted and distant.
As parents, do you multitask when you’re with the kids or do you focus your entire attention on them? Do you take time to reboot on your own or with your spouse?