We live in a digital world where technology dominates the world. According to reports, the number of smartphone users today is 6.64 billion, which means that 83.72% of the world’s population owns a smartphone.
In April 2022, there were five billion Internet users in the world, which is 63% of the world’s population. Of that number, 4.65 billion were social network users. Now the question is, in this world of technology and easy access to information, how do parents ensure that their child has a healthy and balanced relationship with technology in this scenario, especially with teenagers? Adolescence confuses parents and their children with independence and protection from bad habits. The list is endless.
Why not get free expert advice instead of guessing your way through those years with your teenager?
This article lists some must-see TED Talks that offer short, easy-to-digest videos from experts that can open your mind to a new approach to parenting or perhaps a much-needed new perspective.
Julie Lythcott-Haims, “How to Raise Successful Kids—Without Over-Parenting.”
Julie Lythcott-Haim is an author and Dean of Stanford University. Her video shows some brilliant yet simple solutions to avoid what she calls a “checklist childhood.”
Through this TED talk, discover some specific but crucial questions to ask your kids when they get home from school to build deeper connections.
Angela Lee Duckworth, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.”
Former teacher Angela Lee Duckworth explains why some kids stick with it and others don’t. Why do some people work towards long-term goals? And how will it change the way we raise and educate? She realized that IQ isn’t the only thing that separates successful students from struggling ones—it can be “bravery.”
Temple Grandin, “The world needs all kinds of minds.”
Mary Temple Grandin, an American scientist and animal behaviorist, has lived her incredible life using the uniqueness of her autism, and she lets us know how critical different brains are in our world.
In a 2010 TED talk, he explains the need for different types of cognition and provides a first-person view of someone living on the autism spectrum. In this talk, she discusses how she can bridge understanding between humans and animals and people on and off the autism spectrum. In simple terms, she talks about how she thinks in pictures, not in language. She also advocates that society values diverse minds: sensory thinkers, pattern thinkers, and abstract thinkers.
Gever Tulley, “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do.”
Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School at TED U, lists five dangerous things you should let your kids do—and why a little danger is fine. Here’s a guy putting power tools in the hands of third graders, and this TED talk explains why he thinks it’s a great idea. Listening has changed my parenting style and hasn’t scared my kids yet.
Jennifer Senior, “For parents, happiness is a very high bar.”
In her video, New York Magazine Associate Editor Jennifer Senior answers questions like: Have you ever felt anxious or overwhelmed by parenting? Is your heart set on fire by the parents’ shelf in the bookstore?
Find out what Jennifer thinks is a better goal for us as parents than making our children happy.
Reshma Saujani, “Teach girls courage, not perfection.”
Reshma Saujani, author of “Brave, Not Perfect” and founder of Girls Who Code, aims to raise girls to perfection and boys to courage. She took charge of socializing girls to take risks and learn to code – two skills they need to move society forward. In order to innovate, we cannot leave half of our people behind. “You have to tell all the young women you know to be comfortable with imperfection,” she says.
Jedidah Isler, “The untapped genius that could change science for the better.”
dr. Jedidah Isler is an award-winning astrophysicist, TED Fellow, nationally recognized speaker, and advocate for inclusive STEM education. In her TED talk, she reflects on how it feels to be an astrophysicist who happens to be black. Jedidah talks about intersectionality and why our children and we must understand it. With her speech, she inspires us to improve.
Josh Shipp, “Your child’s most annoying trait could reveal their greatest strength.”
Josh Shipp, author and youth empowerment expert, takes an unconventional look at the hidden talents of our children. Shipp emphasizes that there’s a good chance your child’s greatest strength is hidden beneath his most annoying trait. This talk can help parents better understand their teenagers, see them through a slightly different lens, and help them become the best version of themselves.
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, “The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain.”
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, professor of psychology at the University of Cambridge, UK, and head of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group, in her remarkable TED talk, “The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain,” compares the prefrontal cortex in teenagers with adults to show how typical “teenage” behavior caused by a growing and developing brain.
She also explains how the mature teenage brain negotiates “executive” tasks such as planning, self-awareness and behavioral choices.
Kris Prochaska, “How to Get Your Ten to Listen and Engage.”
Kris Prochaska, former psychotherapist, now coach and consultant, TED Talk, uses intuitive insight and diagnostic skills to remind us that we must recognize our children as intelligent, intuitive and capable, and that all our conversations with them must begin with respect, even and when they drive us crazy.
Watch them if you are a parent of a teenager.
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