When parenting tweens and teens, the challenge to keep them in line is real. They just know so much and are challenged in a thousand and one ways. We were there once too and we should give them some leeway.
Despite this, it is important that you expose them to important issues in the society or something that could affect their lives. How better to do that than through a TED talk? This article presents some of the best talks that speak directly to tweens and teens.
The poet Shane Koyczan narrates about his difficult childhood growing up differently and how this led him to being constantly bullied. In a beautiful rendition with jazz music, Shane highlights moments from his own life and how these instances have shaped him into the person he is today. It will be an interesting watch for your kids.
Amy Cuddy is a psychologist who helps people find confidence in themselves and if your teens are struggling with confidence, this is just the talk for them. According to Amy, confidence comes from how we pose and the kind of body language we have. Others will also judge us according to this body language. When you make a power pose, confidence starts to flow into you even when you feel that you are not confident enough.
Perhaps you have a teen who is aspiring to become a model and they think that looks are everything they need? Cameron Russell breaks this bubble by showing that to be successful in life, there is more than having the right kind of looks. Sometimes looks are decisive and they do not tell the complete picture. This is important for the teens who do not like their bodies and are conscious of how they look all the time.
A chess grandmaster, Maurice Ashley delivers tips on how problems can be solved by simply working backward. In this interesting video, Maurice demonstrates that sometimes it requires that you take a step back and work your way around a problem by deconstructing it. There are a million ways to solve different problems but which way would be easier, faster and less painful? Maurice has the answer and he shows how this can be applied in everyday life.
Tavi Gevinson is a teen trying to figure things out. Besides being a blogger and having her own magazine, she feels that she is just getting started. As a teen herself, it would be easy to resonate with as she explains how she struggles to make meaning of a lot of things in her life and her business, with little support. She emphasizes on the importance of role models in the teens lives as this makes all the difference between whether they will succeed in a certain endeavour or fail.