Challenge your thinking about this ‘PARENTING’ thing!

Did you know the way you are parenting and how your kids turn out isn’t fully on you! Phew! 7 TED TALKS that will give PARENTS something to think about!

I’ve found myself with some extra time lately…and discovered TED Talks. ( A website full of recorded content covering a broad range of subjects, mainly Technology, Entertainment and Design, hence the name TED.

In particular I was interested in two topics – majors in my life! Dancing and parenting. WOW…three hours later and down the TED talk rabbit hole…I discovered some amazing concepts, interesting stories and thought-provoking ideas to ponder.

In this article I’ve put together 7 links to TED talks that cover a range of ideas. From peek-a-boo to video games, from grit to creativity, from debunking fears about screen-time and even that our parenting isn’t ruining our kids (phew!).

Set aside a few hours (after the kids have gone to bed), with a hot cuppa and have a squiz at these videos, let me know your thoughts! ENJOY 🙂

“What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?” asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers. Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children’s healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behavior and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five. She’s joined onstage by one-year-old Ari and his dad, Amarjot, who help illustrate her big ideas about brain science.

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

Parents, take a deep breath: how your kids turn out isn’t fully on you. Of course, parenting plays an important role in shaping who children become, but psychologist Yuko Munakata offers an alternative, research-backed reality that highlights how it’s just one of many factors that influence the chaotic complexity of childhood development. A rethink for anyone wondering what made them who they are today and what it means to be a good parent.

Can playing video games make you more productive? Gabe Zichermann shows how games are making kids better problem-solvers, and will make us better at everything from driving to multi-tasking.

We check our phones upwards of 50 times per day — but when our kids play around with them, we get nervous. Are screens ruining childhood? Not according to children’s media expert Sara DeWitt. In a talk that may make you feel a bit less guilty about handing a tablet to a child while you make dinner, DeWitt envisions a future where we’re excited to see kids interacting with screens and shows us exciting ways new technologies can actually help them grow, connect and learn.

When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.

Want more?

Here’s another blog I wrote about taking risks with your children…

and a guest blog post about taking a moment to pause and reflect…

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