The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Hairbrushing Edition

My daughter has wild, unruly hair that needs brushed several times a day. If she doesn’t take care of it, it starts going in every direction.

The problem with that is that she really doesn’t like to brush her hair. She usually wants to do it herself and when she does, she does a rush job that begs to be finished up by one of her parents.

Every once in a while, though, she asks me to do it. I usually try to do it slowly with a bit of water so that the removal of little tangles doesn’t hurt her much. It’s a good way to get her to sit still for a little while and we usually have a great conversation while I’m doing it.

It is those little things, like talking to my daughter about her friendships while I’m slowly brushing her hair, that will be the things I remember from their childhood.

The Five Minute Morning Success Ritual I find that I’m most productive very early in the day, but I start off with a very similar routine. It usually involves waking up my children to get that morning smile, though. (@ dumb little man)

Big Wins: The Quickest Way to Wealth Big wins make much more of a difference than little wins, but at the same time, there are only a small number of big wins in a person’s life, whereas the number of small wins is potentially immense. They’re both worth doing, especially when the small wins have minimal impact on your living. (Also, I disagree with him that making laundry soap is “high difficulty” – mixing three or four ingredients together in a bucket is not “high difficulty.”) (@ get rich slowly)

Car Maintenance and Repair Costs: Five Surefire Ways to Save Money Doing your own car maintenance is pretty easy. It’s not hard at all to change your oil (although, I have to admit, I have no desire to go outside on a -5 F winter day to change my oil, but I’m fine with it most of the year). Best of all, sticking with the maintenance schedule can save you a ton of cash. (@ scott on money)

Our Upside-Down Confusion About Fairness It is really easy to focus on the wrong thing. Sometimes we focus on the big thing when we should focus on the little thing, and vice versa. (@ seth’s blog)

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