These rules aren’t life threatening rules, or legal rules. These are more like beliefs that we hold, or that we get preached to about, which I really think can be questioned.
Never skip breakfast
I think this rule is overrated, and sometimes dangerous. Of course, every body is different, which is why I don’t think there should be one rule that fits everyone. Some people will need to eat breakfast. Others won’t; and we shouldn’t feel bad if we don’t.
I know my body, and I know that my mental alertness works better if I fast until about 10:30am, and not eat earlier in the day than that. If I have a big cooked breakfast, I am weighed down and cannot function for the rest of the day. If I have cereal or porridge for breakfast, then I am hungry again by 11am anyway, and I don’t believe this is because my metabolism sped up.
My metabolism is quite high naturally, and it doesn’t dip and change by missing one meal. Others are different, and may have to had 6 to 8 small meals each day. Others can live on one big meal per day. There is no right or wrong, and there’s medical research supporting both practices, including medical evidence supporting more regular and longer periods of fasting.
Do your research, know your body, and make your own decision.
Don’t wait to have children – there’s no a right time
I think too many families are started this way, and if they had waited a couple of years to make the decision to have children, they may have made a very different decision. Or, quite often the decision is not even discussed by the couple, and one of them just decides that it’s now time to have kids – so surprise!
There may not be a perfect time for kids, but there is often a far better time than the present. Plans can be made, grandparents lined up to help, and financial situations improved before children are brought into the world.
Also, there is nothing wrong with deciding not to have children – like me. I think there are far more important things I can contribute to the world than another human being. I can help the people and children that are already here, and keep my sanity at the same time.
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today
There is some truth in this, but it should not be a general rule. I definitely agree that you should be as kind to your future self as possible – so do the dinner dishes the same night instead of leaving them until the next morning. Get your workout done today, because you may not do it tomorrow! And make that difficult phone call, and get it out of the way, so you can sleep at night.
However, don’t work and work and work until everything on your list of things to do is done! Because – here’s the hard reality – there will always be something on your list of things to do; it never ends. Be kind to yourself by making life as easy for yourself as you can, but also stop and relax at a reasonable time of the evening, so you can enjoy your family and the fruits of your labour.