How do I decide what to worry about while raising a kid?

What you choose to prioritize will completely depend on your values and ideals. The power behind the “Will it matter when…?” framework is that it requires you to reflect on the big picture and empowers you to decide what to focus on, instead of worrying about every single thing you hear someone else freaking out about.

The Gift of Time

What I’ve learned through teaching my students, through training Olive, and through parenting Hadley is that there is no greater gift than the gift of time. Creatures want the people they love to care about them enough that they’ll put down the distractions to really *be* with them. Kids want us to stop washing the dishes so we can play together. They want us to take the extra time at night to read them one more book. Our dogs want us to pick up the tug toy that hasn’t been touched in three days, and to extend the daily walk by just 5 minutes.