5 TED Talks All Parents Should Listen To

posted: 07/10/17
by: Kristine Boyd
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Ted Talks are an amazing way to get information and advice about pretty much anything. These 5 Ted Talks cover everything you need and should know as a parent. From how to talk about taboo topics to why your kids should be playing with fire, we have selected the most informative Ted Talk about parenting.

For Parents, Happiness is a Very High Bar

In this Ted Talk, writer Jennifer Senior talks about how parenting is often accompanied by anxiety. Many times, people view parenting as some sort of crisis that is going to ruin their life. Jennifer talks about how this level of stress and anxiety associated with parenting is at an all-time high. She talks about how society has shaped our minds to think this way and it is prevalent now more than ever. If you find yourself to be the anxious parent who is always on edge, then this is a great way to gain a better understanding and find new ways to cope with the stress of parenting.

Let's Talk Parenting Taboos

Married couple and Babble.com publishers, Rufus Griscom + Alisa Volkman, give an honest and eye-opening Ted Talk about the major parenting taboos. In this presentation, they touch on the 4 facts that parents never talk about...ever. They discuss topics like feeling isolated as a new mom and the truth about miscarriages. Rufus and Alisa open up and talk about these topics that no parent admits, and explain why these topics should enter our conversations. Every parent will be able to relate to this Ted Talk and will inspire you to talk about these tricky topics.

5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, talks about why kids participating in dangerous activities can actually help keep them safe. From young ages kids are protected from everything around them. This leads to kids being uneducated and curious about dangerous things, which is not a good combination. By teaching kids how to interact with the world around them is actually really healthy and can prevent unnecessary accidents from happening. Gever makes convincing argument about why letting your child play with fire could actually help keep them safe in the long run.

How Movies Teach Manhood

If you are a parent to a son, this is the Ted Talk for you. Colin Strokes began to analyze the movies that his 3-year-old son was watching and found some interesting patterns regarding gender roles. He noticed that the main message for men in movies is to defend the villain with violence, be the hero and receive a woman as their reward. These stories don't teach much else to young boys. Colin wants to rewrite this definition of manhood, and thinks fathers everywhere should be the example of a "man" that their sons need.

Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection

Every parent of a daughter should listen to this Ted Talk. Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, talks about how we teach girls to be perfect and boys to be brave. She thinks that the status quo needs to be changed. Girls are raised in a bubble and taught to stay polished, not get dirty, and strive for perfection. Yet, boys are encouraged to get out and play rough, get dirty and take risks. She thinks women have been socialized to be overly cautious in effort to achieve perfection and avoid failure. In this Ted Talk, Reshma strives to spread the message for women to be comfortable with imperfection.

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