My husband ran across a column which basically says adults without children waste their time. Robert Pagliarini, a financial consultant and author, wrote that the child-free have so much time on their hands they are never pressed to do anything and because of that they waste time.
“I have friends without kids and I want to wring their neck every time they say, ‘I’m so busy. I don’t have enough time.’ You don’t have enough time?! Are you kidding me? My theory, which seems to be much more popular with my friends that have children, is that people without kids are inefficient and don’t fully value their free time…”
“Common sense says that if you have children, you will not be as productive. There’s no way you will be able to get as much done. That book you want to write? It will take a lot longer. Time for exercise? Limited. People without kids have so much more free time that it’s almost unfathomable….”
“I only have a fraction of the time to read, work, exercise, watch TV, etc. that I used to. Because of that, I do things faster and I’ve eliminated people and eliminated things that aren’t important. My productivity has remained level but my efficiency has gone through the roof because of my daughter.”
I do agree with his theory that the busier you are the efficient you are and the more you get done. I also agree that as a parent you get infinitely better at managing your time and working in a much more efficient manner. You have to.
Do you think the child-free waste their valuable free time? Do you think that people who have never had children can fathom how time pressed you become with kids? Do you think that people with kids do work more efficiently and get more done than adults without kids? What do you think of Pagliarini’s theory?