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.

About the Author

Amy McCready
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.