To commemorate one year of the Father Time column, let’s roll the tape and look back at some highlights.
Time is a precious currency.
Time is a precious currency between parents. It’s an almost tangible thing that is negotiated and traded intensely between Mom and Dad, the primary owners of the account. You quickly learn you can neither save nor make more time. You can only maximize it.
Once the children arrive, you and your partner will be, for the foreseeable future, asking for, waiting on, and juggling with lengths of time, most often not longer than an hour.
These pockets of “free time” as your single or married-without-children friends refer to them, do present themselves. For example, the children’s nap time or bedtime. Their down time is your time, and what a glorious time it is. It’s like a big pay check being deposited into that ever-dwindling account. The real challenge then, is to remember to spend it wisely.
Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker.