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7 TED talks that every parent should watch

Have you heard about TED talks? They have been around for a long time, very inspiring, and the form is excellent. Not too long, not too short, just to look at something good before bedtime with your headphones on.

Being a parent is usually challenging stuff. We always have to take care of what we do and what we say, because someone we care about never, absolutely never, takes their eyes off us.

These TEDs are worth a look because they provide a few insights that can undoubtedly improve our performance in our parents’ shoes and help us figure out what we can do better, and what we do well. Some of them will serve as a consolation, and a few of them just confirm how amazingly fantastic we are because we chose to be parents and have children.

Let’s go. Do not forget, for most TED conversations, you need English language knowledge. The good thing is that there is a possibility to turn on the subtitles in English, so we hope that it will ease your listening.

  1. How to raise successful kids – without over-parenting | Julie Lythcott-Haims

This great TED talk comes from a woman who is a dean at Stanford University. Good intentions can lead to excessive parenting and can actually limit our children. It is time to allow our children more control over their lives. Can you do that? Look at her. She’s lovely. The most sincere and inspirational message sent to us is in just one short sentence: Let them go.

  1. For parents, happiness is a very high bar | Jennifer Senior

Here you turn the translation into the Serbian language. Oh. I don’t want to be negative. Jennifer also has a study that confirms only one thing, which is that for parents, it is very important for their children to be happy, despite parents are not very happy in their role as parents. In every bookshop, the part that contains parenting books is getting bigger and bigger and very appealing to us, parents. “Why is parenting filled with such anxiety?” Jennifer Senior asks. Because the goal of modern parents is to raise happy children, and that bar is so high. In this sincere speech, she offers some more pleasant and more accomplishable goals. You will love this TED.

  1. Agile programming – for your family | Bruce Feiler

Have you heard lately about agile methodology, about agile companies and the importance and influence of the agile component in the IT world, and not just there? It is now essential that any ambitious company must be agile. Bruce talks about an agile family set-up. And he’s great. Not only will you understand how agile methodology works after this TED, but you will understand why it is important that our family is working on agile principles. Because being agile is not just another modern thing nowadays, it is an inevitable component of new-age parenting. Have a look at it. It lasts about 17 minutes, and it will pass in a blink of an eye.

  1. Lessons from the longest study on human development | Helen Pearson

Psychology. Real one. But don’t worry. You’ll understand everything. Take my word. Helen’s trying to get understood by ordinary people. And it works. She conveys the results of a 70-year-old study in Great Britain. And she says that the most important factors in the child’s life, and thus in their entire life, are their parents. So, we have no excuse. We’re here to be the best we can. She is engaging, understandable, and she speaks about a lot of details that will be useful for improving your role as parents.

  1. Five dangerous things you should let your kids do | Gever Tulley

This TED is a great laugh – witty, subtle, light, and sometimes it brings you to tears. In its comic and rising style, Gever Tulley reveals classical myths about child safety. Are you aware that your children are much more protected than you when you were at their age? The author of this TED says the most efficient way to save children from real life is to add a pinch of danger.

  1. Teach girls bravery, not perfection | Reshma Saujani

Great TED for parents of girls, and certainly boys – it challenges our way of talking to our daughters and how we should encourage them to take risks, instead of cheering to and supporting their need to be “perfect”. You’re going to love it. It calls to action all the time, creates a desire to immediately take up a different upbringing style of our daughters and prepare them to be heroines of the new age.

  1. Grit: The power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth

This TED is great. It is a lucid, informative and fun overview of the research that Angela has conducted diligently during last decade. Most people rush to succeed, but Angela says that a successful life is more like a marathon. Marathon encourages a passion for adhering to goals that cannot be achieved in one day, and the most important thing is to be consistent and persist in running in the long run. I admit it is a very big bite for us adults, not to talk about our children who are born impatient and who have the most important need to quickly finish something. This TED teaches us and recalls that it is very important to be persistent. Great lesson.

Do you have a TED to add to our list?