When you’re an overwhelmed and time-strapped working mom taking care of your family and career, it’s difficult to find moments to seek out fresh ideas and inspiration that can make your life at home and work easier and more fulfilling.
Thankfully, that’s when you can turn to TED talks. They’re not only inspiring, they’re always under 20-minutes. This means you can view them whenever you have a little downtime.
But, since there are thousands of TED talks available, I’ve decided to share with you the 10 videos that every working mom should watch.
1. Julie Lythcott-Haims, “How to Raise Successful Kids — Without Over-Parenting”
The former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford and author of “How to Raise an Adult,” suggests that we avoid “check-listed childhood” with our children. Instead of focusing on grades and test scores, we ask them specific questions after school to help build deep connections.
2. Amy Cuddy, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are”
In this talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy says that we need to stand tall, shake hands firmly, and speak confidently since it can transform how confident we feel. As Cuddy explains, “Our bodies change our minds and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”
3. Jennifer Senior, “For Parents, Happiness Is a Very High Bar”
According to The New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Senior, the parenting section of any bookstore is “a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic.” That’s because we’re constantly chasing “happiness”– which often can’t be achieved. Instead, let’s focus on enjoying the company of our kids.
4. Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Can We Have It All?”
This renowned work-life thought leader states that we not only have to become more valued at work as women, but that family life also needs to become more valued.
“I was raised to believe that championing women’s rights meant doing everything we could to get women to the top. And I still hope that I live long enough to see men and women equally represented at all levels of the workforce,” says Slaughter. “But I’ve come to believe that we have to value family every bit as much as we value work, and that we should entertain the idea that doing right by those we love will make all of us better at everything we do.”
5. Brené Brown, “The Power of Vulnerability”
This talk from the best-selling author could be considered the most therapeutic TED talk. After watching it, you’ll realize that being vulnerable takes courage. More importantly, it will help you become more self-aware, strive for excellence instead of perfection, and to be yourself.
6. Karen Thompson Walker, “What Fear Can Teach Us”
Author Karen Thompson Walker retells the story of the Essex — a whaleship that went adrift in the Pacific and inspired “Moby Dick” — to explain how fear propels imagination and can help us handle possible outcomes.
“Properly read, our fears can offer us something as precious as our favorite works of literature: a little wisdom, a bit of insight and a version of that most elusive thing — the truth,” Thompson Walker concludes.
7. Arianna Huffington, “How to Succeed? Get More Sleep”
Sleep may seem like a luxury. But, Arianna Huffington says that it’s vital if you want to live a more inspired, productive, and joyful life.
Need some advice on how to improve your sleep starting today? Check out this Pro Mom’s Club podcast.
8. Jill Salzman, “Why Moms Make The Best Entrepreneurs”
Ever thought about starting your own business but didn’t think you had what it takes? Jill Salzman, founder of The Founding Moms, says that moms make for the best entrepreneurs because we’re great figuring things out along the way, expert multi-taskers, and are natural at getting the word out.
9. Jessica Shortall, “How America Fails New Parents — And Their Babies”
Jessica Shortall is an author and activist that makes a strong case for paid maternity leave.
“It is long since time for the most powerful country on Earth to offer national paid leave to the people doing the work of the future of this country and to the babies who represent that future,” says Shortall.
“Childbirth is a public good. This leave should be state-subsidized. It should have no exceptions for small businesses, small business or entrepreneurs. It should be able to be shared between partners—I’ve talked today about mothers, but co-parents matter on so many levels.Not one more woman should have to go back to work while she is hobbling and bleeding. Not one more family should have to drain their savings account to buy a few days of rest and recovery and bonding.”
10. Laura Vanderkam, “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time
Considering that we’re always busy, it’s no surprise that we’re frequently looking for ways to gain more time in a day. However, this bestselling author argues that that isn’t the answer. Instead, she provides practical strategies to accomplish what matters most and “build the lives we want in the time we’ve got.”
Do you have a favorite TED talk? If so, share it with us in the comments.
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