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TED Talks – Parent Resources

Video Resources for Parents

Here are a few video resources about parenting teenage girls, and adolescent trauma.

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain, For more TED Talks, visit TED.com

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

Nadine Burke Harris, How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime, For more TED Talks, visit TED.com

We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”

Reshma Saujaniuel, Teach Girls Bravery Not Perfection, For more TED Talks, visit TED.com

In this short and incredibly inspiring talk, high school senior Katie Emanuel makes a case for the power of the teenage girl in society today. Through tangible examples and personal stories, Katie’s words provide a valuable perspective for us all.

Katie Emanuel, In Defense of Teenage Girls, For more TED Talks, visit TED.com

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