Sleeping Like A Baby

by Kelly · 4 comments

in Thoughts On Frugality

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.


1 lynnae @ being February 21, 2008

I totally agree with your method. When it comes to parenting, I’ve always said I listen to all the advice, and then use what works for me. And you’re right. The same applies to personal finance.

I have very good blogging friends who never budget, and they’re very successful managing their finances that way. It would never work for me though. 🙂

Thanks for the link!

2 K February 21, 2008

Not only am I now incapable of not budgeting, I’m afraid of what would happen if I let go, even a little bit! I know there are lots of people who don’t feel the obsessive need to count every last cent, and I do hope that one day I’ll be able to be like them… not yet though!

3 Shan February 22, 2008

I totally agree with that as well.

4 Mrs. Micah February 23, 2008

I’m glad I can be a “that” for you. 🙂 Like you and Lynnae, I love seeing all the perspectives…I’m the sort of person who wants to know as much as I can.

Previous post:

Next post: