Silly as this question might sound, the truth this, each day has only a limited number of hours, and it seems impossible to pack in all the things we “should” and want to do.
Choices must be made.
I was thinking about this the other day, as I was driving the kids to German School, when it suddenly occurred to me that I had not flossed in a few days (any readers who are dentists, don’t panic, I have been brushing regularly!!) Then I realised that I also hadn’t been monitoring my children to ensure that they had been brushing properly (I know they’re not flossing!!!), nor have I made Alex practise his pencil grip exercises from the OT, nor done German homework with him or Simon in the past two days, nor had them practise typing, nor made them tidy their desks, nor done my stretches, or written the next chapter of the book I am working on, or updated my prenatal course blog lately, or read the monograph of ESL and Math instruction I’ve been meaning to for the past 5 months, or… well, you get the general idea.
BUT… I have gone outside to ride bikes or play at the the park with my kids after dinner the past three nights, and I am learning to fly a plane, and I’m having my Grade 3 students create avatars of themselves so that they can use visuals and graphics and highly motivating technology to communicate their learning at school online, and I just finished writing an article for a national multiple births newsletter, and I rode my bike to work last week, and I brought home flowers for my partner and had lunch with a colleague and met one on one with 7 students during my Literacy Block in the past three days for a formal learning conference and had a nice long chat with my principal one night after school, and I even edited a ppt for another aviation website I am working on!
And I wouldn’t want to give any of those things up to floss my teeth!