Paying attention

I looked after my 9-month old son all day.

He's at that age where he's into everything. Everything fascinates him. The stuff he's into must immediately go into his mouth. It's equally petrifying and magnificent. He's learning but he may also put his fingers into the plug socket.

My attention span is appalling. But paying deep attention to him while he explores his space is imperative.

I realised today that all we have to do is pay attention. Not just to kids, but to everything. And yet in our always-on world, paying attention feels like one of the hardest things to do.

Paying attention is a skill we can learn. We just have to put down the smartphones first.