Availability is more than just being there.  Availability is an attitude…a willingness.  Sometimes availability is subject to timing issues.  We can’t always drop everything when someone calls or stops by.  There may be other things going on in our lives at times that make it impractical to stop what we are doing and refocus our attention.  Children often interrupt us and demand immediate attention.  That is normally driven by an immature self-centered motivation.  We can aid in the maturing of those we coach by helping them learn the difference between availability and immediate attention.  But that lesson should never be taught at the expense of our willingness to be availabile.   When availablity can’t be immediate, take the few seconds necessary to give an explanation of why and then follow up as soon as it is practical.