I've never entirely understood the problem described in the article. For most of my two children's life I was mostly a single father, and for much of that time also a start-up CEO (e.g. lots of work commitments). So I did the shopping, cooking, cleaning, playing, getting them up in the morning, bathing & putting to bed at night, waking multiple times in the night when one (or both) needed me, and so on. Obviously I spent a lot of those years seriously tired, but the focus was on working as a team, understanding each other's needs (and limits) and prioritizing. They learned to sort their clothes & put them into drawers, handle their own self-administration as soon as they were old enough, and help out when appropriate. Perhaps because we had no TV and I've zero interest in mindless pursuits, there was always plenty of "personal time" and plenty of time for learning to read, perform arithmetic and algebra etc. in the years before preschool. Everyone's situation is different, of course, but from observing other parents I couldn't help but notice how much time can be lost to non-essential activities, most of which have little or no intrinsic value. So I agree wholeheartedly with the author that prioritization is key, as is the ability to set aside things that really don't matter at all.

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