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27th May 2017Written by: Sinead Stubbins

It’s not difficult to find parenting advice on the internet. In fact, just searching ‘parenting tips’ brings up more than 53,200,000 results in less than a second. We waded through the best of the internet’s child rearing related talks and podcasts to bring you the best of the best on the web.

Learning about other people’s parenting experiences can be extremely comforting, but when you’re wading through thousands of webpages of advice it can also be very daunting. Here’s our guide to the best short talks on the web about raising happy, well-rounded kids.

How Do I Challenge Online Hate? – Project Rockit

Project Rockit are an anti-bullying organisation who advocate that the only way to combat bullying in schools is to look to students for the solutions. By teaching kids (and parents) about the ‘bystander effect’ and the importance of speaking up for your peers, they empower young people to be a positive force for change.

In this instalment of their Project Rockit TV video series, you’ll learn some easy tips to help your kids tackle cyberbullying.

WATCHING TIME: 4 minutes

Quiet: The power of introverts with Susan Cain – Susan Cain

Author of the bestselling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain hosts a ten-part podcast series which focuses on parenting introverted kids. The introductory teaser, which goes for just over a minute, poses questions about how parents can help quieter introverted kids thrive in social environments – particularly when they are being raised by extroverted parents.

The rest of the series explores why raising quiet kids is different, through discussion with experts, parents and quiet kids themselves.

LISTENING TIME: 20-25 minutes

DIY sensory activities for kids – Tanya Memme

It can be difficult to come up with new activities to occupy your kids, and very tempting to just set them down in front of an iPad playing Frozen. Thankfully, there are heaps of tutorials on the internet that do the brainstorming for you.

When It comes to activity tutorials, some of the best play ideas are the ones that also encourage the early development of your child through learning games. Tanya Memme’s “sensory activities” for toddlers are engaging, stimulating and best of all, they all involve items you’ll already have around the house.

WATCHING TIME: 5 minutes

One in a million baby – Tessa Prebble

If you’re interested in talks about parenting that are both informative and touching, ‘One in a million baby’ might just be for you. Hosted by New Zealand-based mum Tessa Prebble, the podcast talks to parents of children with disabilities about the unique experience of raising a child with special needs.

Although the introductory episode is a tad longer than five minutes, the podcast will draw you in with its honest and moving exploration of different kinds of childhoods.

LISTENING TIME: 1 hour

A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time – Steven Addis

When you’re a mum or dad, your world is fast-paced and you don’t always have time to focus on sentimental rituals. Hearing personal stories about how other parents nurture their relationships with their kids can be a great way to pause and reflect on how important small gestures really are.

This TED talk by Steven Addis explores how taking a photo with his daughter in the same place every year carved out bonding time that brought them closer together. The tradition of taking their annual photo was a way to mark milestones and celebrate their relationship as his daughter grew.

WATCHING TIME: 5 minutes


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