The one-question evaluation of how well you are doing

“How much time do you spend on the floor?”

If you are not on the floor, you are dialing something in. Think of all the bad parenting activities you can: texting, emailing, calling, Ipading, watching Iron Man 3, playing video games. Most of them occur off the floor, so to speak. Sure, you have to cook and clean once in a while. Let’s say that is 20 % of your non nap time. The other 80% should be interacting with your child. And that, my friend, can be gauged simply by asking how much time you spend on the floor. Too literal for you? Use it as a euphemism for staying engaged. Get on the floor.

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