The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Parenting and Tiredness Edition

Our eight year old knocked on our bedroom door at about 11:30 PM complaining of growing pains in his legs. Since we were both awake, one of us looked for some Children’s Tylenol while te other found him some water. We weren’t sleeping again until after midnight.

Our six year old wakes up at 1 AM, screaming at the top of her lungs. She had a bad dream in which someone had invaded her bedroom and was hiding in the closet. Sarah runs in first to check on her, but she insists that Dad check out the closet thoroughly to make sure no one is in there. We don’t get back to sleep until about 2 AM.

Our three year old wakes up at 3 AM and crawls in bed with us. He spends the next hour trying to get comfortable, which means worming around ceaselessly between his parents. By 4 AM, I simply pick him up and take him back to his room. He returns at 4:30 AM. I put him back in his room at 5 AM.

The alarm goes off at 6 AM. Is it any wonder that parents are often tired?

How Repetition Can Kickstart a Habit Almost every time I have wanted to add a positive habit to my life, I’ve found that forcing myself to do it every day for a while is the best path to success. Eventually, that change that felt so alien begins to feel completely normal and even essential. (@ zen habits)

Shredding: What to Shred and How to Shred It This is just solid advice on shredding, which is an issue anyone who is concerned with identity theft should really pay attention to. (@ unclutterer)

How I Built an Income Safety Net It’s all about building lots of passive income streams. They take a lot of work up front for no reward, but then they provide steady income for a very long time with very little (or no) additional effort. It’s a hard trade-off, but once you’ve achieved it, it’s amazing. (@ get rich slowly)

Testing Out: How to “Moneyball” Your Way to a Debt-Free College Degree CLEPs and other such programs are a great way to get the basic courses out of the way very cheaply. (@ art of manliness)

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