TED: Ideas worth Spreading

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I love the TED talks. But sometimes I just don’t feel like browsing the topics and choosing a talk at random. I really like it when my husband tells me: “You should listen to this, you’d enjoy this talk.” I am aware that everyone has different interests so it wouldn’t make sense to post a wide range of topics here. When I like a talk that I’d want to share with my friends, I will post it here.

Ken Robinson’s talk on How Schools Kill Creativity

Julia Sweeney: It’s Time for the “Talk” I have recently looked up this talk because I wanted to show it with my friend who had already had the “talk” with her daughter.

I did not listen to any of these talks yet but while browsing TED, I found this playlist: Talks to Watch with Kids. I don’t know what age the talks are for so I will give you an update when we get a chance to watch them.

I’ll be posting more talks here! I just haven’t had time to look them up.


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Newspaper Articles

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In this section you will find articles I thought were interesting or useful. There is a glitch though. NY Times lets you read a certain amount of articles for free but then you have to subscribe ($15 a month) ten articles. When I called them and asked about the number, they first said 10 articles a month, then changed it to 10 articles altogether no matter in what time period. So I don’t know now. I think the guy was not sure himself. I haven’t posted more than 10 articles so far anyway but once we get to that point, please, let me know if you are actually able to read them. But I might keep posting them anyway because maybe you already have a subscription and will be able to access everything with no limits.

The Only Baby Book You’ll Ever Need
As anthropology shows, the kids will be all right.
the only baby book

Advice From ‘America’s Worst Mom’
advice from americas worst mom

Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own

A Cure for Hyper-Parenting
cure for hyperparenting

5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew
5 things teachers wish parents knew

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent
Steve Jobs was a low tech parent

Zombie Prevention: Your Child’s Sleep
Zombie prevention

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep

The Benefits of Bilingualism

Our ‘Mommy’ Problem
mommy problem

What You Learn in Your 40s
When I was looking at some photos a friend of ours from Europe sent, I realized that a lot of people I remember in their twenties now look like middle-aged parents to me. I actually went over the pictures and then it suddenly hit me—wait a minute, isn’t this …?–and went back to look closer. At first I dismissed a person I met a few times 20 years ago as someone I don’t know. Then I stop to think for a minute. Yes, I will turn 40 next year, I can’t believe it. I wonder how people see me now. I don’t feel like a middle-aged woman. Anyway, I know this has nothing to do with our kids or the way we raise them, but I really enjoyed reading What You Learn in Your 40s so I want to share it with you.


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Books for Parents

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The Read-Aloud Handbookthe readaloud handbook
This is an amazing book and very helpful for anybody who wants to instill the love of reading in their kids. I have written more about this book in the Books’ category. To read more or find links to excerpts from this book on Jim Trelease’s website see my post about reading aloud and audiobooks.

The Read-Aloud Handbook is divided into two parts. The first provides information on the impacts of reading aloud to children and a lot of anecdotal evidence. The second half of the book contains a Treasury of Read-Alouds. Since these are books for adults to read aloud to children, Trelease provides the “listening level” for each book rather than the reading level. For example, a book listed as “Grades K-3” is a book children in grades K-3 should be able to understand and enjoy having read to them.

Here is an excerpt from the introduction:

This is not a book about teaching a child how to read; it’s about teaching a child to want to read. There’s an education adage that goes, “What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.” The fact is that some children learn to read sooner than others, while some learn better than others. There is a difference. For the parent who thinks that sooner is better, who has an eighteen-month-old child barking at flash cards, my response is: sooner is not better. Are the dinner guests who arrive an hour early better guests than those who arrive on time? Of course not. However, I am concerned about the child who needlessly arrives late and then struggles through years of pain with books.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talkhow to talk to kids
I must admit that I have had this book for years and still have trouble implementing all the methods in it. It is one of those parenting books that remind me whenever I go back to it that I am not doing everything I could and I still need to work on myself. However, it has helped me a lot and I think it is fantastic even if you don’t agree with everything in it (I find it especially hard to avoid threatening my kids—“if you don’t do your homework, you cannot …later”).
siblings without rivalrySiblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
Another great title with a lot of useful advice.
5 love languagesThe 5 Love Languages of Children
I have not read this book but it is on my list because of so many great reviews. Once I read it, I’ll give you an update.

For expectant parents or for parents with a baby (I read the books when my kids were little and found them helpful):  The Happiest Baby on the Block

the happiest toddlerThe Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
its complicated

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults


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