A Man’s Mind: I Am Busy Right Now

Richard J. Avdoian, MS, MSW, CSP

“I’m busy right now."

Our children are typically extremely playful, impatient, inquisitive and seek immediate attention without consideration to what we are doing.  Well rather than allowing it to be disruptive when you’re engrossed in task, reading etc. and possibly reacting harshly you may try this solution.


Jointly select and purchase a small toy or other item (nick-nack) that can easily stand upright on a table or desk top.  Then instruct your child(ren) to be observant.

When the item is in the up right position it means I am really busy and only interrupt if it is a serious issue

When in item is laying on it’s side it means I am busy but you can interrupt for very short periods of time

If the item isn’t on the desk or table you can interrupt me anytime.

Keep in mind they are children who are hungry for your time, energy and attention and haven’t learned patience.

© Richard J. Avdoian, MS, MSW, CSP (2009)

Richard Avdoian is an employee development expert who works with businesses and associations committed to recruit, train and retain highly motivated productive employees. He has worked with clients in over forty different industries providing programs and consulting services in the area of personal achievement, teamwork, and customer service.

Richard Avdoian formed TeamWork By Design, a consulting firm in 1995 and he is a nationally recognized speaker who offers keynote speeches, workshops, and executive & business coaching.

In July, 2003 he received the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (C.S.P.) from the National Speakers Association and International Federation for Professional Speakers, the highest earned level of excellence attainable in the industry and a distinction representing the top 10 percent of all members of the profession.

In October, 2006 he was honored by Niagara County Community College and inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Gallery in recognition for his personal and professional accomplishments and community service.

Drawing on his 26 years in private practice as a psychotherapist, Richard founded the Illinois Men’s Institute and Voyager Experience to challenge and inspire individuals to achieve a healthier balance in life, enhance relationships and reach their full potential.

He received his A.A. degree in liberal arts from Niagara County Community College, B.A. degree in sociology & minority studies and master degree in counseling from Niagara University, New York. He also earned a master degree in social work from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

© Richard J. Avdoian, MS, MSW, CSP (2009)

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