Introduction

  • Elisa Rose Birch
  • Anh T. Le
  • Paul W. Miller
Chapter
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series

Abstract

‘Too busy’ seems to be a statement we hear very often these days. A cordial invitation to work colleagues ‘Can you do lunch at noon?’ seems to be met with ‘Too busy’ just as often as one hears ‘That would be fantastic’. Similarly, ‘Do you want to come for a drink after work?’ seems to be replied to with ‘Too busy’ just as often as it gets a positive response. At home, an invitation to family members to watch a movie on TV may get a favourable response. But it seems that one is just as likely to hear ‘Too busy’ ring through the house. An appeal for help at home with food preparation, washing up, gardening or with looking after the children may result in assistance. But on many occasions one seems to just hear ‘Too busy’.

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© Elisa Rose Birch, Anh T. Le and Paul W. Miller 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisa Rose Birch
    • 1
  • Anh T. Le
    • 1
  • Paul W. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaAustralia

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