Staying present is a constant battle of mine. My goal is presence with myself, with the people I’m with and with the task at hand. I used to take great pride in my ability to multi-task and now uni-tasking is the goal. It’s hard sometimes with 4 kids in tow all shouting, “look at me!!!” simultaneously. It’s hard when there are phones and laptops and errands and chores. But when I remember, all is calmer, kinder and gentler too.

Recently in the New York Times Motherlode blog, she asks, in regards to all the new texting devices designed for kids, “how young is too young? How much is too much?”

I think the age is for each family to decide on their own. But I do think that all kids will need to be given guidance and guidelines in regards to using all these devices being put in their lives. They will need to be taught presence. They will need to be taught to love the ones they’re with. They will need to be shown how to unplug and tune in to the people around them. And they will need to be shown too the benefits: mental, physical and emotional, of presence.

How do you do it in your house?