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Lindsay Bell

The Three Things, Edition 29

By: Lindsay Bell | April 21, 2013 | 
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The Three ThingsWelcome to 29th edition of The Three Things, the weekly update of three links, podcasts, videos, or books you can’t miss from Michael Schechter (HonoraA Better Mess), Howie Goldfarb (Blue Star Strategic Marketing), and – for the last time, as Gini’s back on Monday – me, Lindsay Bell!

For those of you new to this series, The Three Things arrives in your inbox on Sunday mornings (unless you don’t suscribe, but that can easily be fixed if you hurry over and enter your email address or add to your RSS feed) so you have some extra time to spend perusing the obscure content we’ve curated for you (and one another) before your week begins and deadlines, meetings, and work takes over.

This week we have thoughts on willpower and habits, why we all need the help of others, and the latest trend in baby rearing (no pun intended).

The Donut by Pat Dryburgh

Michael on Willpower and Habits: As a gentleman who is far from slender, I have a great appreciation for what Pat Dryburgh is attempting with his Hundred Down project. His podcast chronicles a one year journey to lose one hundred unwanted pounds.

In addition to the podcast, Pat occasionally shares his progress and struggles with the project on his personal website. In a recent update Pat shared how he started falling off the Paleo wagon while staying with his family. I really related as I tend to break many a habit – especially those that center around living a healthier life – while away from my routine and environment. The entire piece is an honest and enjoyable read, but his parting words are an encouraging reminder for those of us who struggle when our larger goals face little (and often tasty) challenges.

It is in Our Nature to be Self-Deficient by Scientific American

Howie on Ayn Rand, Paul Ryan and Those Delusional Haters of Help: I know I know sounds political right? Not really. Just rational. We can all debate the role of the state in our lives. Whether or not Government is the solution to certain problems. I know I have an ornery independent streak. Sometimes things fester out of pride, and then the help I end up needing is bigger than if I raised my hand at the start. We also tend to mock those we deem helpless. But this article proves we need other people. Everyone does.

If that wasn’t the case the victims in boston would still be bandaging themselves and the suspects would be free with no police or FBI or anyone caring to find them. So fans of Ayn Rand or folks like Paul Ryan – both who benefited from massive help from many people to grow and prosper – should change the discussion from do we need help…to what kind and from whom? Because I wouldn’t be alive without family, friends, and community…and neither would you. Read and be humbled…I surely am.

Baby’s Latest: Going Diaperless by The New York Times

Lindsay on ‘elimination communication’ and…really? Just…what?? Ok, trust me when I say it’s worth a link click just to get a gander at the photo accompanying this article. Hipster New York mom, in on-trend black and white striped shirt, engaging in ‘elimination communication’ with her adorable 4 month old son. Did I mention he’s naked from the waist down? Yup. He’s using the toilet. Well, she’s holding him over the toilet, to be precise. But advocates of this latest in a long line of child-rearing trends insist that their little darlings actually respond to special ‘elimination noises’ that Mommy makes. In a nutshell: They pee and poo on cue.

I don’t know about you, but I raised a child (who by some stroke of luck or other divine intervention manages to still be alive at age 13), and I know the special hell that is diapers. Thousands of diapers. I suppose if you can eliminate most of those diapers, you’re doing yourself – and the world – a big favour. But I don’t know. This latest “thing” pained me today. I pity the poor young women of today. What with advice on attachment parenting, breastfeeding until four, sign language for infants, co-sleeping (or not), controlled crying, sleep training, permissive parenting or baby bootcamp – how any parent makes it through the first year is beyond me. What are your thoughts? Has ‘new parenting’ gone haywire? Would you aim for a diaperless life…?

Now it’s your turn. Is there a podcast, video, book, or article you think we need to see?

About Lindsay Bell


Lindsay Bell is the content director at Arment Dietrich, and works in Toronto. A former TV producer, she’s a strong advocate of three minutes or less of video content. She has a cool kid, a patient husband, two annoying cats, and Hank Dawge, a Vizsla/Foxhound/moose hybrid. Ok, maybe not moose.

4 comments
Kato42
Kato42

Lindsay, I've got a 22-month-old and every time I hear about this "potty train your infant" trend I get hives. 

Here's my tip for new moms: I made it through the first year by deliberately and ruthlessly unplugging from all the parenting shows, magazines, books and websites. It's enough to drive you crazy. (My husband made it through the first year by telling me I was right about everything, all the time.)

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

Ameena Falchetto had blogged about EC. I discussed it with my partner and we decided against it. Way too high maintenance for us. And my now wife and her folks are big time eco-greenies. We compost. Chemical free homes. Try to buy as much local food and organic as we can. We even tried the washable diaer thing but they were very hard to work with. So we wound up using Seventh Generation Diapers which is a compromise. and while I hate the landfill issue the reality is even plastics are ok in the big picture. Mother earth doesn't count years or centuries. She counts millions. Like being 4700 million years old. And even the worst plastics become part of the earth again in a blink of Momma Earths eye. The real problem is us. She doesn't care about humans. So if we kill ourselves she doesn't care.Whenever we talk 'Saving the planet' we really mean Saving Humans from extinction.

@MSchechter obviously found inspiration to ensure I finish my site 8)


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belllindsay
belllindsay

@Kato42 Honestly Kat, I think if the internet was what it is today when I had my son (1999) I would have COMPLETELY lost my mind!! hahaha I have enough Mom Guilt just from being a border-line ok mom!! :) 

belllindsay
belllindsay

@Howie Goldfarb @MSchechter I like your thinking Howie! I had never heard of it before and was stunned to say the least. It's been enough work getting the pup to go in the right spot - never mind a baby!! LOL