The world’s leading thinkers and doers in parenting share their most powerful tips, inspiration, encouragement, laughs and “ah ha” moments. You’ll be astounded at how much you can learn in just 10 minutes (or less).
1. For Parents, Happiness is a Very High Bar by Jennifer Senior
The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it’s “a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic,” as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.
2. Parenting in the Modern World by Kyle Seaman
Entrepreneur Kyle Seaman spent more than a year trying to reverse engineer parenting and shares his fascinating conclusions in this thought-provoking parenting Ted Talk.
3. Settle Down, Pay Attention, Say Thank You: A How-To by Kristen Race
Are you living a mindful life? Brain scientist Kristen Race is an expert on how stress affects the brain,and has used her knowledge to help teach people to live more mindful and less stressful lives. In this engaging and humorous talk, Dr. Race shares three simple ways to keep the brain happy.
4. Agile Programming–for your Family by Bruce Feiler
Bruce Feiler has a radical idea: To deal with the stress of modern family life, go agile. Inspired by agile software programming, Feiler introduces family practices which encourage flexibility, bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback and accountability. One surprising feature: Kids pick their own punishments.
5. Honey I Wrecked the Kids! by Alyson Schafer
Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. She’s the author of the best-selling “Breaking the Good Mom Myth” (Wiley, 2006) and the new “Honey I Wrecked The Kids” (Wiley, 2009). Her popular TV call-in show The Parenting Show is now in its sixth season.
6. Love, No Matter What by Andrew Solomon
What is it like to raise a child who’s different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently-abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents — asking them: What’s the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?
7. The Importance of Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by Erika Brodnock
According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in ten children between the ages of one and 15 has a mental health disorder and it is reckoned that 1 in 4 will experience some form of depression or anxiety at some point in their childhood. Erika founded Karisma Kidz, a company that coaches children through their problems, helping them to learn to manage and counter any difficulties they are facing or having to deal with using play.
8. Kids Need Structure by Colin Powell
How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility.
9. Conscious Parenting by Shefali Tsabary
Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, New York. She is the author of the multi-award-winning, The Conscious Parent. Heralded as a game-changer in the parenting genre, this book turns the traditional parenting paradigms on its head and revolutionizes how we raise our families.
10. Every Kid Needs a Champion by Rita Pierson
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
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