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5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

Protecting Vs. Overprotecting Our Children: Where's The Line?

Jan Cloninger | Posted 03.16.2014 | TED Weekends
Jan Cloninger

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThrough the years, I've come to realize that fear is often a normal part of the parenting experience. If we don't learn to acknowledge and address it, our tendency to overprotect can actually hinder (and sometimes cripple) our children's development.

Are Our Fears Crippling Our Children?

Rosemary Strembicki | Posted 03.16.2014 | TED Weekends
Rosemary Strembicki

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGiving in to our own fears and taking over difficult or dangerous tasks sends them the message that they're incapable of accomplishing these things on their own. Children pick up on these messages when they're very young.

Teen Brains, Danger, And Dopamine: Mindsight And Our Internal Compass

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | TED Weekends
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe can offer an internal experience that can teach teens "mindsight skills"--ways of knowing their own inner sense of what is a good choice, that can also help them learn without shattering a leg.

Finding The Balance Between Being A 'Yes' Mom And A 'No' Mom

Caren Chesler | Posted 03.15.2014 | TED Weekends
Caren Chesler

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIn any given day, I can find a thousand reasons to say, "Don't do that," from telling my child to stop playing with the jam packets in a restaurant to telling my husband not to use the last piece of toilet paper without replacing the roll. But I don't. I pick my battles. Because to dole out "No's" like playing cards can't be good for the soul.

Should We Encourage Kids To Play With Dangerous Things?

Beth Kuhel | Posted 03.13.2014 | TED Weekends
Beth Kuhel

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgNot all kids are mature enough to handle power tools at eight years old but they may be able to when they're fifteen. Parents need to use their discretion and recognize the limits and abilities of their own children. While tinkering could be great for some kids it could be catastrophic for others.

5 'Dangerous' Things Parents Should Do To Their Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Dr. Jim Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgParadoxically, in parents' well-intentioned attempts at protecting their children from harm, they actually leave them less prepared for the real dangers that your kids will face later in life. Exposure to what are for them risky experiences can build confidence, resilience, competence, respect, and responsibility.

I Was Completely Unsupervised As A Child - And I'm Grateful

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThere were lots of moments when I wished someone were there to help me. But because there wasn't, I learned resourcefulness. I learned self-reliance. I learned that if I stayed calm and used my head, I could find my way through just about anything. These are lessons I carry with me to this day--and that have served me very well.

4 'Dangerous' Yet Crucial Things Every Parent Should Encourage

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | TED Weekends
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThen comes what for most parents is the hard part - letting go and trusting that they will learn from their own mistakes, passions, uniqueness and psychological growing pains.

5 Dangerous Things You SHOULD Let Your Kids Do

TEDTalks | Posted 03.12.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

gever tulley 5 dangerous thingsWhat if the best way to help kids learn is to stop trying so hard to keep them safe? Hear popular TED speaker Gever Tulley's radical argument for letting kids play with power tools and other things that will make parents squirm.