“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” -- Ben Franklin.
As early as the founding of the United States of America, Mr. Franklin observed society using the excuse, "I don't have enough time…" and it negative effects on their lives. Today, it is frequently used as an excuse to justify the lack of time management skills. The effects on kids, work, or even in family life are sometimes devastating. In a day there are 24 hours, and "time" is available to juggle the daunting task of daily routines and prevent unwanted consequences. The first area the phrase’s unwanted results prevail is in children. While frantically circling the kitchen, trying to prepare supper, a neighbor of mine completely astounded me. Jane's son, Mathew, came into the kitchen through the old saloon style double doors, and asked his mom if he could walk uptown with his friends. Without batting an eye Jane answered the young boy, saying "Go ahead son. I don't have enough time to worry about you right now,” as she carried on with the twirling of a whisk in a pot of stew. It was only a couple hours before I peered out the window to see Mathew coming home in the back of a police cruiser. "I don’t have time…" opened the doors for the young, misguided youth to go astray. As a parent, I also find that I struggle with difficulties of my children's academics when I don't have enough time for them. My oldest daughter, Krista, has made excellent grades throughout her entire academic career. Recently, she has asked if I can help her research paper and answer some questions she may have. "I don't have enough time,” was my immediate response. Around three days went by and I found myself looking online through her grades. I noticed that on the research paper she turned in, she received a below standard grade. “I don’t have enough time…” left my daughter without important information she needed from me to complete her assignment. Another area the deceptive...
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