By default, it’s easier for me to relate to and understand my two sons than it is to relate to my daughter. I was once a little boy myself with a personality not too different than my own sons. I was raised in a household with only brothers, no sisters.
This means that understanding and relating to my daughter takes more work for me than it does with my sons. I’ve spent quite a lot of time reading books about parenting a little girl and, when our children are playing, I spend more time watching my daughter and learning about how she plays and thinks and reacts than I do my sons, who often react and think and play in a way that’s much more natural to me.
This has actually resulted in a much stronger relationship with my daughter than I might have expected, particularly lately. When she was born, I was very afraid I would have a difficult time understanding how she would act and respond, but it’s actually all working quite well.
She’s my daughter, and she’s a charming little girl.
How to Say “No” When a Sibling Asks for Money This type of issue can become a relationship divider if it’s not handled carefully. Simply forking over money isn’t a good solution, but neither is a tactless “nope.” (@ prairie eco thrifter)
Social Buying Experiences Gone Wrong I have avoided sites like Groupon and LivingSocial for many of the reasons alluded to in this article, plus the temptation to buy stuff I don’t really need. (@ my dollar plan)
Why Conventional Wisdom Isn’t Always the Best Advice No financial advice is always the best advice. There are so many variations on people’s situations, from their financial state to their personal quirks, that no one piece of advice can be the answer for everyone. (@ free money finance)
How Many Goals Are You Chasing Right Now? (And Do You Have Too Many?) Having too many means that some are inevitably getting left in the dust, which means your failure rate is high. (@ pick the brain)
Why Boredom Is Good for Your Creativity I think simply having some pure “downtime” is good for everyone’s creativity. Creative ideas are difficult to constantly pump out. They’re not like products from a manufacturing process. (@ the 99 percent)