Current Date:March 31, 2020

10 Must Watch TED Talks for Parents

Ideas don’t matter if they don’t persuade others to act- and this is exactly what TED talks do!

For those of us, who’re new to the concept of Ted talks, well, these are nothing but highly effective and informative bite-size videos on diverse topics ranging from “Blockchain Technology” to “How to raise your kids successfully. Not only are the videos incredibly educational, they are also relevant to today’s current events and are easily accessible on the digital platform.

Parenting does not come with a manual, nor are parents graded on their parenting skills! Parenting styles evolve with generations and every parent needs to adapt to the change. Many parents, these days, see parenting as a complex task and get very anxious about whether they are doing it right. We’ve come up with 10 exciting TED Talks videos that address some very crucial issues of parenting – a must-watch for every parent!

 Parenting in the digital age: Sonia Livingstone

We are living in the digital age, where technology rules the world. In such a scenario, how do parents ensure that their child has a healthy and balanced relationship with technology?  In this talk, Social psychologist Sonia Livingstone emphasizes the importance of embracing technology along with children and lays down a simple, well-planned roadmap on how to get there.

 

The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain by Sarah: Jayne Blakemore

Teenagers are unpredictable, impulsive and difficult to understand.  Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (Cognitive neuroscientist) talks about how the typical “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain, the science and the reason behind. The video is reassuring to parents, who begin to realize that the “unpredictable behavior” of their teen is just a part of growing up.

 

Let’s raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs: Cameron Herold

Your kid could be bored of school and failing tests, but who knows, maybe he has that spark in him to become an “entrepreneur”! Cameron Herold says it’s the job of parents and schools to encourage qualities like leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, especially if your child has an aptitude for this. 

 

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Angela Lee Duckworth

A former teacher, Dr. Duckworth talks about why some kids persevere and others don’t. Why do some people work toward goals over long periods of time? And how can that change the way we parent and educate? Dr. Duckworth realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled – it could be the “grit”.

 

The Danger of Silence: Clint Smith

The world, today, is a crazy place for kids and grown-ups alike. It can be difficult for parents to figure out how to talk to their children about what worries them today. A short, powerful talk, Clint Smith reflects on finding the courage to speak up for truth and justice.

 

 

The Power of Believing That You Can Improve: Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck talks on how the mind-set of the child impacts his/her learning, abilities and success. Children with positive mind-set have more confidence in their abilities as compared to their counterparts with fixed mind-set. The highlight of this talk, however, is when Dweck outlines the methods parents can use to help children of any age remain confident and motivated when navigating difficult tasks, in and out of school.

 

Do schools kill creativity?  Sir Ken Robinson

In this profound video, Sir Ken Robinson talks about how creativity is as important in education as literacy. Having children go to school just to attend university is not really equipping them to work anymore. He stresses on the importance of changing the way we educate our children in the 21st century and reprioritise our thinking so that ideas, innovation and creativity are brought forth.

 

5 ways to share Math with Kids: Dan Finkel

If your child always had trouble with Math, you should probably watch this talk for some great pointers! In this playful, inspiring talk, Dan Finkel invites us to approach learning and teaching math with courage, curiosity, and a sense of fun.

 

 

How to raise Successful Kids – without over parenting: Julie Lythcott Haims

In today’s competitive world, everyone has expectations – and this includes parents. They have extremely high expectations from their children, sometimes even impractical. By pressuring kids with and micromanaging their lives, parents aren’t actually helping them but making them miserable. In this profound talk, Julie Lythcott discusses why it is important for parents not to expect too much from their children but instead, focus on bringing them up with unconditional love.

 

For Parents, happiness is a very high bar: Jennifer Senior

To raise happy children is a fantastic goal, though not easily achievable. In this honest talk, Senior discusses why raising happy kids is such a crisis for modern parents and  suggests a more practical approach and achievable aims. 

 

 

 

This brings us to the end of this short compilation. We hope these short but powerful talks would help you develop effective parenting skills and connect better with your child.

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