I’m finally home from several speeches in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. One of my usual lines in these talks is to tell people not to multitask. “Wherever you are, be there,” I say. Give your present task your full attention.
And I usually try to follow that advice. But tonight I was faced with a dilemma. I needed to sign 50 book plates to get out in the mail tomorrow. It’s a mindless task. My 3-year-old insisted on watching Dora, another mindless task. He also announced that he wanted to snuggle and climbed up in my lap on the chair where I was working. So I had one arm on him but instead of watching the show with him, I was signing book plates.
I am now debating whether this was acceptable multitasking or not. On one hand, TV time isn’t exactly quality time. It wasn’t like I was signing book plates when he was asking me to play or read him stories. On the other, could my son tell that I wasn’t fully snuggling him? That I was trying to do something else while showing him affection?
I don’t know. Does anyone else have guidelines on when it’s acceptable to multitask… or not?