I'm writing a series of posts on skills I've found help to manage the everyday knocks and bumps of being human, reduce the likelihood of unhealthy conflict and make life more enjoyable.
I like this Max. I can relate to everything you've mentioned (apart from dogs!...never convinced our cat to walk with me!). I too have observed many moments of being overwhelmed by 'rapid fire' inputs from my children, partner, messaging apps, etc. Especially with the children I've adopted the approach of stopping what I'm doing and turning to engage directly, often kneeling down to engage with our youngest. Giving that litte extra to them has often resulted in me enabling them to do what it is they're asking of me. I'll often get a hug and a cuddle too which just reinforces that all important touch connection through out the day. I think as a father of young children i need a t-shirt that says - Stop, Kneel, Listen 🙂