Rabbi Brown wrote a post about parenting in the 21st century for the Religious Action Center’s Double Booked blog:
Those of us who are fond of the 1980s likely remember Pee-wee Herman and his incredible breakfast machine. Rolling out of bed, Pee-wee would flip the switch of his oscillating fan and put an orchestra of pulleys and wheels in motion. Without touching a pot or pan, eggs were cracked and fried, pancakes flipped and toast zipped across the room landing into the toaster only to be flipped onto Pee-wee’s plate without any effort at all.
As a product of the ’80s I am a member of a generation that values efficiency and organization. We love coffee makers that fill our cup in less than a minute, requiring no set-up, clean up or even a carafe. We love that our phones play music without having to flip a switch or turn a dial. But as a rabbi who works with teens almost every day, I also worry that our passion to be efficient comes with an emotional cost.
When we convince ourselves that parenting is getting the food from the fridge to the table in time for school or getting all three kids to all 6 of their daily activities without a hitch is the goal, we neglect what truly makes working families work. We neglect that efficiency is not effective if it lacks time for emotion.
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