How well parents manage their own stress is one of the top three most important factors for children’s success and happiness.
Registration is now open for our Mindful Parenting online class, which offers some of the best stress management techniques science has to offer.
- Studies show that mindfulness in parents can actually improve children’s behaviors.
- Mindfulness in children can reduce their stress, anxiety and depression. We’ll discuss simple strategies for beginning a mindfulness practice with kids of all ages.
- Over-scheduling kids can have unintended consequences. Learn how to prevent problems related to having too much scheduled time while raising emotional intelligence!
This online class (a Homestudy sampler) includes five video classes, lively online discussion groups, weekly practices, and online coaching with Dr. Christine Carter. Learn more here.
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Multi-tasking talent is nothing to brag about. If we just focused on one task at a time, we’d actually be more productive in the long run, and we’d be less exhausted at the end of the day. This is because multi-tasking exhausts more energy and time than single-tasking does. Take it from productivity experts Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy:
Distractions are costly: A temporary shift in attention from one task to another—stopping to answer an email or take a phone call, for instance—increased the amount of time necessary to finish the primary task by as much as 25 percent, a phenomenon known as “switching time.”
It is often harder for me to single-task than it is to multi-task. I have to totally remove all distractions to single-task: I do my best writing at a desk I’ve set up in a large closet that doesn’t get phone reception, with my email disabled. I group my daily tasks into two categories: “Think Work” and “Action Items.” Then I block off time on my calendar for both things. I do my Think Work at the closet desk totally uninterrupted, setting a timer so that I take a break every 60-90 minutes.
My Action Items take less focus, but I still tackle them one at a time in sequence—not parallel. Unless I’m working my way through my email, my email application is closed. I answer the phone only for scheduled calls. I leave my iPhone in do-not-disturb mode (so that I can see if my kids’ school is calling, but that’s about it) and reply to texts when I’m taking a break. Having these “rules” for myself has dramatically increased my productivity.
Take Action: If you are a chronic multi-tasker, make a plan for how you can focus more and multi-task less. Do you need to remove distractions? Group similar activities?
Join the Discussion: What works best for you? Inspire others by leaving a comment.
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How long can you go without your phone? Can you enjoy a special moment without recording it? Can you tolerate the boredom of waiting, or driving, or laying in bed? Can you just be present, without giving into the urge to see what’s happening online?