Parenting TED Talks

5 More Parenting TED Talks

I’m a massive fan of TED talks and they seem to be just the right length to watch during a feed or as I’m winding down for the day.

I haven’t watched all of these yet so this blog is really a big ‘ol selfish bookmark of stuff to watch when I get a chance to sit down.


Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Uploaded on Jan 6, 2007 Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.



Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Published on May 3, 2013

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.



Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood

Published on Jan 18, 2013

When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)



Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what

Published on Jun 3, 2013

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?



Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman: It’s time to explode 4 taboos of parenting

loaded on Dec 16, 2010 publishers Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, in a lively tag-team, expose 4 facts that parents never, ever admit — and why they should. Funny and honest, for parents and nonparents alike.


Let me know your favourite parenting related videos…. Lets add them to the playlist! As a mum you’ve got to be organised right. Seriously, I don’t have the headspace to actually think about what to watch at the end of the day so end up vegging out with whatever is served up, unless I plan ahead! How about you?

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Shona Mackin is a mum to a little boy and massive Bernese Mountain Dog fur baby. In her previous (and current) life, she is the owner of social media agency socialface. As a serial entrepreneur, she aimed to design her businesses to do what she wanted, when she wanted… at least thats what she thought, until she found out her babies had a better plan. Thankfully her former former life as a dancer gave her oodles of flexibility and determination to roll with whatever each new day throws her way… sometimes… other days coffee helps in the morning and wine in the evening or a time out in a hot shower to block out the noise.
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