I once heard the theory that men and women developed differently. Man went out to hunt—single focused. Woman stayed in the cave, looked after the children, talked to other women, cooked, washed, cleaned—multi-tasking. Man is said to have tunnel-vision whereas woman is able to attend to many different things at once—react to a child's cry at the same time as cooking and gossiping.
Have you ever opened a cupboard and wondered what you were doing there? I know this has happened to me when I've had too many things demanding attention at the same time.
The solution for many could be to move to the country and chill—maybe work from home. Another answer could be to reduce the number of distractions in our lives, and more particularly, our children's lives.