Parents, have you noticed your techie teenager is standing in front of the refrigerator like a zombie? Have you found yourself there? It may be a case of Code Mode.
Don’t try to talk to the codeModer… you may think that they can listen because they are performing a task, but they may be running on autopilot while their brain is still working through a complex task. A disturbance can crumble a thought chain and lead to frustration.
Instead, give the codeModer in your life a useful tool to keep their thoughts straight by keeping interruptions to a minimum. This also lets you know when to give them the space they need to create.
Here are some other cases where you may want to protect your focus…
Set out a visual indicator that you are busy and need time to yourself.
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