You have the right to remain silent. Use it! I know you think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Quiet space – where it’s not just you who remains silent, but the radio, the phone, the television, the computer – is not just a luxury. It is a necessity, even for the most extroverted of parents. Turn of the noise and give your brain some room to breathe.
Why You Need to a Time-Out
Today I was driving – miraculously alone in the car – and I turned off the radio. Silence. It’s amazing how loud it can be. But then the noises in my head started competing for airtime. Tempted to turn on the radio several times, I stopped myself. The thoughts of people I wanted to contact came in to my head, and I let them whirl around. I confess to making one call, fortunately only to leave a message. But I returned to the relative quiet of my chatty brain.