On the daily

Plastic free July Day 24

Very appropriate that during Plastic-free July, my fabulous wife / co-founder Kim Graham-Nye’s recent TEDxSydney talk goes live.

I am thrilled to share this message with everyone wanting to end plastic waste (hint…it starts by not making things out of plastic!!!).

Please share with your networks.

We are drowning in this stuff but we have the solutions.

Multi-tasking

Technology and parenting

A great article in the New York Times about distracted parenting. I am so guilty of this and Kim is so good about attempting to manage me. (I don’t think I am at the level shown in this photo though…!)  It’s a 24/7 job. I promise I’ll do better. There. It’s in writing. My 3 followers are witnesses. Keep me honest will you? 

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On the daily

Average cost to raise our bundles of joy: $222,360.00. The experience: priceless.

NPR tells us the answer this morning…

Newborn

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A middle-income, two-parent family will
spend $222,360, on average, to raise a baby born in 2009, according to a
government estimate released today.

Yes, a number like that screams false precision. Still,
some of the broad outlines that go into the estimate are pretty
interesting:

  • Housing is the most expensive part of raising a kid.
    It accounts for 31 percent of the cost, followed by childcare and
    education (17 percent) and food (16 percent).

  • The annual
    cost rises a bit as the child gets older — from less than $12,000 per
    year for a baby to more than $13,000 for a teenager.
  • Among urban areas, the Northeast is the most expensive
    region to raise a child, and the South is the cheapest. Rural areas,
    which are lumped into a single category, are even cheaper.
  • The cost per child for a two-child family is 25
    percent lower than the cost per child for a one-child family.

Researchers
broke household income into three levels: Less than $56,670; $56,670 to
$98,120; and more than $98,120.

People
in the lower-income group spend 25 percent of their before-tax income on
a child; those in the middle-income group spend 16 percent; and those
in the higher-income group spend 12 percent. But in absolute terms,
spending increases with income.

The
figures are adjusted for inflation, and costs are calculated through
age 17.

Parenting

Diapers in Kindergarten?

 

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I more than most recognize the contentious topics related to parenting given the business I am in. As I cruise around the interverse, the proliferation of Mummy and Daddy blogs astound me. And the ability to post comments anonymously offers a potent mix for folks to judge like there's no tomorrow. 

Kim and I are vehemently for choice in everything. I don't think we have one friend back in Sydney who uses gDiapers. And that is fine by us. We're still friends! Your choice in diapers is so personal. gDiapers isn't for everyone. Parents are all busy and we have a million choices to make about child-rearing so why contribute to it all with yet more judgments?  We strongly advocate the "whatever floats your boat" approach to life. We think breastfeeding is great. It worked for us but we know it doesn't work for everyone. As someone says in the article below, better a happy parent using formula than a guilt-ridden one trying in vein to get their milk to come in. Just feed the kid!

So with that tee up, the Motherlode in the New York Times dropped a grenade into the parenting debate with the topic of potty training. The 63 comments are insightful about how vociferous we are about this particular subject!

For the record, our 5 year old son still has the odd accident…ugh.

Running

Barefoot running

I follow Peter on Dailymile. He has done some terrific videos looking at foot strike of varying shoes. These are Vibrams and to make them work you need to be hitting the deck with your fore foot or mid-sole – opposite to regular runners that promote the heel – toe action.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=12265068&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

Forefoot Strike in Vibram Fivefingers – Super Slow Motion from Runblogger on Vimeo.

Anterior view of a running foot strike in Vibram Fivefingers KSO shoes on asphalt filmed at 300fps with a Casio Exilim EX-F1 digital camera – slowed down further in Virtualdub. Contact is initially made on the forefoot, and you can clearly see the ankle pronate after initial contact is made. Courtesy of http://www.runblogger.com.