Years ago, a friend said to me: “I’m looking forward to some ‘car-time’ with my husband. It’s where all our best conversations happen”. After I was married I realised that she was indeed right. There is something about side-by-side conversations, without the intensity of looking into each other’s eyes. that liberates us to speak freely. It’s equally as useful when dropping a colleague home or driving my children back from school.
As a working parent it is all too easy to say “I’ve just got to finish this email” when our children want to play with us. So I tried a social experiment where I started being more intentional and less accidental with my children. Here’s what I found.