Best of the Web: The best inspirational TED Talks for teens, and more

A list of must-see TED Talks for your teenager, how one family negotiated pocket money, and ways to involve young children in solving their arguments.

Our selection of thought-provoking and useful resources from around the web on educating and raising children, and supporting families.

The best inspirational TED Talks for teens

(Raising Teens Today!)

Since it began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design came together, the TED organisation has had a profound influence on the world. It daily fulfils its promise of ‘ideas worth spreading’.

One of the main vehicles have been TED Talks, readily available to anyone seeking inspiration and ideas that can challenge and transform.

This is a collection of the best TED Talks for teens, and includes many of our favourites here at The Parents Website.

There’s former model Cameron Russell, with her 2012 talk Looks Aren’t Everything: Believe me, I’m a model. Her powerful message, seen by almost 40 million people, is that nothing matters more than what’s on the inside. It’s never been more relevant, as our teens are subjected to ‘perfect’ looks and body types on social media. You can watch her talk below.

Others on the list include GRIT: The Power of Passion & Perseverance by Angela Lee Duckworth, The Power of Believing You CAN Improve by Carol Dweck, and To Overcome Challenges, STOP Comparing Yourself to Others by Dean Furness.

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Why I pay my children to do their chores

(Shona Hendley, ABC Everyday)

The pocket money conversation can be a tricky one for parents. How much should children get? Should it be linked to chores?

For the author and her husband, it was prompted by their daughters aged 8 and 10, who had been inspired by friends talking about pocket money at school.

Before making decisions, the parents did their research and made a plan. They created their own pocket money guidelines that aligned with their values.

These included earning pocket money by completing household chores, a maximum of $10 a week, and encouraging the girls to set aside a donation for charity.

Guidelines set, the author takes us on the journey of how things work out.

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‘I had it first!’ 4 steps to help children solve their own arguments

(Amelia Church, The Conversation)

As the author points out, all children argue, and it’s not necessarily a problem. Conflict can be good, helping them learn important skills such as negotiation.

Sometimes, adults need to step in. But as this article points out, the temptation for adults to identify the problem and find a solution is not as effective as involving children in the process.

Taken from a new book on how to talk to preschool-aged children, four steps are suggested to help them solve arguments.

‘…the adult’s role in an argument is not to attribute blame or hand the marbles back to the kid who cries the loudest’, writes the author. ‘Rather it is to help children to recognise the needs of others in finding a fair solution.’

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