One thing at a time

One thing at a time. I find myself saying this to my kids all 👏 the 👏 time👏. It describes why I can’t get them a glass of milk at the same time I’m cutting up carrots for their snack. It explains why I can’t get my older kid his art supplies when I’m currently in a poopy diaper situation with the baby. I picked this phrase because it was easy to understand and easy to say and didn’t blame anyone. It turns out that all of these attributes contribute to it feeling perpetually relevant. It is always true that in any given amount of time, I can only perform one action whole-heartedly at any given time…and it turns out that *I* need that reminder a lot more often than my kiddos. ⁣

One thing at a time

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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