Wednesday, May 14, 2008

WFMW - Doesn't Necessarily Work For You

My Works For Me Wednesday tip this week is this - what works for me won't necessarily work for you! Do what works for you and your family. Pretty simple huh?

We read books, blogs and discussion boards trying to find the solution to our problem(s). We talk to our friends and family to try and find the solution to our problem(s). We do what "they" say to do - and find, it still doesn't work!

If you try to follow someone else's schedule, plan or routine - it may work or it might not work. Just because something worked for Jane doesn't mean it's gonna work for Julie. We think because Jane is so organized and smart "her way" is the only way. It isn't.

It's OK to gather information and look to others for advice - just don't try to shoehorn Jill's routine into your family life, or it'll just become more stressful. Maybe a portion of what Jill is doing will work for you - so take that part and incorporate it into your life. Try it for awhile and if it doesn't work - try something else.

A few things that work for me that might not work for you are:

Early bedtime for the kids (between 7:00 and 7:30 PM)
Early rise time for everyone (between 6:00 and 6:30 AM)
A daily routine that is basically unstructured except for meal times, bed times and school in the mornings (usually)
Having a frugal lifestyle and all that entails
Keeping our lives from being over scheduled with activities

Check out Rocks in My Dryer for more "Works For Me Wednesday" tips.


ames said...

Good call. Also just because you're doing it differently than the way Jane says to do it, doesn't mean you're doing it "wrong" either.

I love how you are experimenting with foods from other cultures. You are more brave than I with some of the things you are trying!

Heather said...

Oh absolutely!!!!! Woohoo, glad to know I am not alone in this. (My family, especially, really doesn't get this. So frustrating.)