When one of my children was sick, I found it difficult to get my household chores done with a fussy ‘patient’ constantly begging for attention. But I solved the problem with the aid of an alarm clock. I set the alarm for 30 minutes, and used that time to read to (or otherwise entertain) the child. Then, when the alarm went off, I would reset it for another 30 minutes, with the understanding that my child would amuse him- or herself so I could do housework. When the alarm rang again, I’d return for 30 more minutes of play time.
The technique worked well, eliminated the pleas for attention, and helped me avoid yelling the typical too-busy mother’s response: “In a minute!”
New Orleans, Louisiana