I didn’t give CAF up entirely, but I’m trying to cut back. (I’m also doing more Bible reading and prayer, which ends up cutting down on my forum time as well.)
I’m learning more about myself and my family as I try to cut back. I pick up a magazine or book, read a sentence and one of my children starts talking. Find my place, re-read the sentence and maybe another sentence, another child, same thing. Re-read, repeat. (We read a lot of books together, so maybe they think that they should join me everytime I hold a book.) Finally get everyone quiet, then baby climbs over the magazine to sit on my lap. Baby sits wth me and kicks my magazine or book. Then child/children return to talk some more.
In contrast to my failed attempts this morning to read and formulate my thoughts, I now hold a sleeping child (who fell asleep while I read other threads), and I type this with one hand while a toddler plays nearby. I can’t talk on the phone or read a book or even pray without being interupted every few seconds, but I can read and write on Catholic Answers, (where it’s much easier to find my place.) I can’t talk on the phone with a friend while getting the baby to sleep, but I can come here and correspond with other grown ups. I’m discovering some good reasons why I spend so much time here. When I quit CAF cold turkey at other Lents and Advents, I never figured this out.