Simply Good Life — Perfect Parenting is Failure | Sleep Hygiene Tips | What is Home

Adam Egger
3 min readSep 18, 2020

Hi friends, here is your weekly dose of “Simply Good Life”, a newsletter that tries to make your day a little bit better and help you to grow personally and professionally. Enjoy!

Perfect Parenting is Failure

You don’t want to be a perfect parent. In fact, being one is dangerous because essentially the job of a parent is to disappoint a child bit by bit and induct them into adult realities. — Alain de Botton

I love Alain de Botton’s “School of Life” videos. You probably remember some of them I’ve posted in the last few weeks.

Last week I listened to a podcast episode with him. One thing that surprised me was the quote about perfect parenting. I don’t know how you feel about this quote. I’ve actually tried to be a perfect father, so it’s liberating to know it’s ok not to be…

“No one needs a perfect parent. All they need is a good enough parent.”

Alain de botton

Books I’ve Loved | Alain de Botton on the Tim Ferriss Show • Podcast

Sleep Hygiene Tips

Here’s another interview with Matthew Walker about sleep. In this interview he perfectly summarized all his sleep hygiene tips:

  • Regularity: go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time
  • Lighting: sleep in the dark, wake up with a lot of light
  • Temperature: cool temperatures will help you sleep
  • Don’t lie in bed awake
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine later in the day
  • Have a wind-down routine to rest the brain and body
  • If you have trouble sleeping, remove all clock faces from the bedroom — it doesn’t help to know that it’s 2 am and you’re still not asleep
  • Keep technology outside of the bedroom and don’t make it the first thing you do in the morning.

I guess you’ve all known most of these tips already. The one thing I took out of the interview was the idea that if you must have your phone in the bedroom, make a rule that you can only use it while you’re standing up.


Matthew Walker, Ph.D.: Sleep and Immune Function, Chronotypes, Hygiene Tips, and Addressing Questions About His Book| The Drive with Peter Attia #126 • Podcast

Mars in 4k

This simply is impressive. Here’s new footage from Mars rendered in huge 4K resolution.

Did you know that sending live video from Mars is not possible at the moment? Although the cameras are high quality, the rate at which the rovers can send data back to earth is the biggest challenge. Curiosity can only send data directly back to earth at 32 kilo-bits per second (the speed of the slowest modem).

Quote I Love

Home is when people notice if you’re not there. Johan Hari

What’s the place people notice if you’re not there? It’s not only the family that is meant here. It can be your sports team, your neighbors, maybe random people. All these people who’d notice if you’re not there are your home.

Have a fantastic day, all


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Adam Egger

Helping with Innovation and Growth | Strategy and Innovation can be fun and simple | A minimalist living a good life.