Parenting is difficult, but parenting a teenager might be the most difficult aspect of parenting. All parents will get to this point at some time down the road – your kids grow up, and while they’re still children, they have a mind of their own, and sometimes they even rebel. Teenagers can be stressful for these and many other reasons. The hardest part is that your teen sees the world in a different light than you, so it’s not always easy to connect with them. It doesn’t need to be difficult though. If you’re feeling down about your parenting abilities, check out a few great TED Talks. Here are some of the best TED Talks for parents raising teens in 2022.
Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection – Reshma Saujani
According to Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code is about raising girls who are not only capable of being themselves but who are also willing to take risks. She has urged other young women to be unafraid of their imperfections and believes that society cannot be left behind if it is to truly innovate. This inspiring video is sure to inspire you as a parent, and it wouldn’t hurt to have your teen daughter watch it with you either.
The Truth About Teen Depression – Megan Shinick
Social activist and former Marine, Megan Shinick, has shared her own story about her struggles with depression and how it has been influenced by the societal issues surrounding it. She believes that the increasing pressures placed on students has led to an increase in the number of people suffering from anxiety and depression. Shinick is asking everyone to make a difference in addressing these issues.
Dear Grown-Ups…Sincerely, Gen Z – Kimber Lybbert
High school teacher, Kimber Lybbert, had been asked by her students to write a book or give a TED Talk for quite some time. This talk was inspired by her students’ argumentative research projects, which asked the question, What is it like to be in the class of 2020? Through their stories, Lybbert hopes to encourage everyone to see the potential in our young people.
Raising Rebels – Dr. Justin Coulson
Dr. Justin Coulson, a best-selling author, discusses the importance of raising resilient, creative, and independent adults. He believes that we should be raising rebels who are willing to challenge ourselves and not succumb to peer pressure.
Your Child’s Most Annoying Trait Might Just Reveal Their Biggest Strength – Josh Shipp
In this video, Josh Shipp, a youth empowerment expert, shares his unconventional take on the hidden talents of kids. He shows us that there’s a good chance that our kids’ greatest strength is beneath their most annoying trait. This is a must-watch for parents who are struggling with their teens’ development.