Is “BUSY” a 4-letter word?

It is – according to a teacher I know. We were recently discussing how parents today are SO BUSY with work, caring for children, to-do lists, not to mention shuttling back and forth from our kids’ many activities. The “BUSY-NESS” of life often keeps us from focusing on what’s REALLY most important.

My friend, the teacher, tells her students that “BUSY” is a 4-letter word and MAY NOT be used in a sentence. When a student doesn’t complete the homework and says “I was busy” – the teacher asks her to re-phrase the statement without the word “busy”. Eventually, the student says something like, “I didn’t do it because I didn’t make it a priority.”

How often do we let our “busy-ness” get in the way of what is important? For me, it’s exercise. I’m MUCH too busy to exercise regularly. Or, isn’t it really… I don’t make exercise a priority?

In which areas do you let “busy-ness” stand in the way of what is really important? Maybe it’s exercise – maybe it’s spending regular, uninterrupted, one-on-one time with your kids or spouse?

The New Year is a great time for all of us to take a step back and think about what is MOST important. Do our actions support our beliefs? If not – let’s commit to finding just ONE THING on our to-do list that we can blow-off without the world coming to an end. Then, let’s use that time – even if it’s only 10-15 minutes to do something that we believe is TRULY important.

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Nationally recognized parenting expert Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the best selling author of The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic - A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World and If I Have to Tell You One More Time…The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling. As a “recovering yeller” and a Certified Positive Discipline Instructor, Amy is a champion of positive parenting techniques for happier families and well-behaved kids. Amy is a TODAY Show contributor and has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, Rachael Ray, Steve Harvey & others. In her most important role, she is the proud mom of two amazing young men.