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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. (ted.com)
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 🙂

https://www.ted.com/talks/molly_wright_how_every_child_can_thrive_by_five

“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. 

 

https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity?referrer=playlist-the_most_popular_talks_of_all

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

 

https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance?referrer=playlist-the_most_popular_talks_of_all

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.

 

https://www.ted.com/talks/yuko_munakata_the_science_behind_how_parents_affect_child_development

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.

 

https://www.ted.com/talks/gabe_zichermann_how_games_make_kids_smarter

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.

 

https://www.ted.com/talks/sara_dewitt_3_fears_about_screen_time_for_kids_and_why_they_re_not_true

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.

 

https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_the_game_that_can_give_you_10_extra_years_of_life

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…https://www.renaissancedance.co.nz/50-risks-to-take-with-your-kids/

and a guest blog post about taking a moment to pause and reflect…https://www.renaissancedance.co.nz/take-a-selah-moment-stop-pause-and-ponder-guest-blog-by-donna-hann/

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