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Chapter 12. Child Care: Life on the High... > The My Time, Your Time, Our Time Rul...

The My Time, Your Time, Our Time Rule

From an early age, we taught our children an important rule. The children were taught that there is “my time” or the time when mom works and needs some quiet and some space, “your time” when mom does the things the children want, and “our time” when the kids and mom do things together. To keep an eye on our kids, we often set up space in our home offices so that they could play quietly (that's a lie) around us. In Kathy's office, she set up a small child's picnic table so that her son could color, do puzzles, and build while she worked at her desk. For Erica, her office is directly off the living room. She set the kids up with toys, a video, and some snacks on those days when a project had to be finished.

60 Seconds with AnneMarie Walsh

Artist and author of A Mother's Wisdom, AnneMarie had her challenges in raising two boys, Tommy and Matthew, as she was trying to complete her book. One day while working from her home office, AnneMarie was ambushed by her sons and 10 of their closest buddies. Pushed out of the office, she went and sat down in a child's rocking chair and tried to continue where she had left off. Suddenly there was screaming at the front door. It seems her son Matthew's friend was afraid of dogs and took off down the street at the sight of their bassett hound puppy. The pup, in turn, took off after the young boy. When AnneMarie tried to get up from the tiny rocking chair, she found herself quite stuck. Concerned that the little boy could trip or get hurt, AnneMarie raced out the front door with the rocking chair tightly wrapped around her tail end. This is a story her boys still love to tell to anyone who might listen.



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