As any parent knows, whoever intended the phrase ‘sleeping like a baby’ to be a description of a innocent, restful sleep, was childless.
When my first son was born we thought we knew it all. Everything I’d read said that babies needed to be rocked, nursed or cuddled to sleep- preferably in the parents’ bed. But my son screamed and howled when we tried the aforementioned methods, until, after what seemed like hours of howling, we laid him down in his bed where he promptly fell asleep. My second son, on the other hand, was unable to fall asleep unless one side of his body was plastered to me; this lasted until he was two and a half years old and we dragged him, kicking and screaming, into nocturnal independence. Luckily my daughter seems to take most after her oldest brother in her sleep habits. I am usually able to put her down awake and she falls asleep on her own.
Moxie, of Ask Moxie (an absolutely brilliant parenting site), says that she is wary of any advice that insists you do it their way all the time, no matter what.
This is where the personal finance ties in. Lots of people have lots of different ways to reduce their debt or increase their savings. There’s lots of advice floating out there in the blogosphere. Just because something is successful for one person doesn’t mean that same method is going to achieve the same results for you. If anyone insists that it’s their way, or the highway- well, you had better scram!
I’m still figuring out what works best for me in my struggle to make ends meet and get out of debt. I take a little from here, a little from there, a dash of this, a dash of that. It’s through reading and learning that I’m finding my way.