On a recent re-run of Oprah there was a horrifying story of a mom who was so busy and overwhelmed, she forgot to drop her 2 year old off at the babysitter (see story). Instead, she went to work and left the child in the car for nearly 8 hours. Tragically, the child died of heat exhaustion.
It brings up the question of when did it become almost expected of families to constantly be on the run? Parents as well as children need some relaxation time to regroup mentally and physically after long days at work and school. There’s absolutely nothing wrong (and everything right) with staying in sometimes and hanging out. Why not schedule some time out for the whole family? It will reduce stress and may even save a life.
– Jackie & Jo-Jo