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Worktime Interrupted --
How Can I Find Time For My Own Work?
by Istar Schwager, Ph.D.
If you are a parent who is having trouble finding time to do your "soul work," to pursue the activities that give you energy, hope and expression, join the crowd. If I could think of two things to help parents be better parents, one would be to give every parent classes in child development, and the other would be to make sure every parent had the opportunity to recharge, get inspired and create. Parenting is very demanding and can be quite depleting. as well as rewarding. An exhausted parent is often a resentful parent. A resentful parent can become a hostile parent.
Certain enterprises require stretches of uninterrupted time. Young children, by their very nature, are interrupters. They need a lot of attention and seem to be radar detectors for when you are focused on something other than them. A mom or dad on the telephone or in front of a computer sets off alarms in kids who realize they must have food at that very moment -- or choose that opportunity (no coincidence) to scale the furniture.
Don't blame your kids -- they are hardwired to need their parents. But do try to find some practical solutions so that you get some time to do the things you love. And remember that feeding your soul helps you become a better parent.
Here are some suggestions for how to find time for the things you love to do:
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