6 TED Talks To Inspire Every Mom
When you are a mom, hours pass like minutes, and you wish one day consisted of more than 24 hours. When you are under so much stress, finding inspiration can be very difficult. This is why we have come up with a list of 6 ted talks meant explicitly for mothers to inspire them. Finding out time for yourself even amid chaos would help you achieve greater peace and happiness in your work and life.
We know you are really hard-pressed for time. But that's the best thing about ted-talks. Each ted-talk is less than 20 minutes long. Giving you the option to catch up on them whenever you've got a little time on your hands while commuting, feeding the baby, or doing household chores.
#1 . Three Things New Parents Should Consider Before Going Back To Work – Emily Oster
This is a short one and clocks in at about 5 minutes. Here Emily Oster discusses the challenges women face when deciding if and when to go back to work after having a baby. She also proposes if men should instead choose to stay back home as their counterparts go back to work. We absolutely love her for bringing up the idea because, in most couples, the notion that men can be stay-at-home dads does not even surface.
Watch it for the wit and the fresh ideas. Oster stresses that for women going back to work should not be like an either-or decision. Instead, women should make more informed choices and pick the option that best serves them.
#2. Katherine Wintsch: Unmasking Motherhood
Katherine Wintsch is as cutting as she is funny in her Ted Talk. She takes on big names like Walmart, Hasbro, and Kraft, who perpetuate the fanaticism of new-age motherhood. She talks about how women are now pushed to match up to the picture-perfect idea of a mother seen on social media platforms like Pinterest and ask women to cut all that crap to show what being a modern mother is like.
#3. A New Way To Think About The Transition To Motherhood – Alexandra Sacks
A super heartfelt talk that deals with feelings of inadequacy that often arise in women post-childbirth. It's said that the birth of a baby brings forth the birth of a mother. Women are expected to naturally fit into the role of a mother without a blink. This creates tremendous pressure on women who find the transition taxing.
Alexandra Sacks urges all women to talk about their difficulties with their loved ones, especially their partners, so they don't feel alone in this journey.
#4 . Dying To Be A Good Mother – Heather Chauvin
Having to unlearn everything that society thinks you need to be and starting to pay attention to what you want in life can be difficult and essential to living a happy and fulfilling life.
It is a beautiful talk about taking time for yourself, the realities of actually getting what you want in life, and how hard it can be to go after what you want your life to look like.
#5. Motherhood: The Most Perfect Mess On Earth – Micaela Birmingham
This sweet little talk has our hearts. Birmingham asks all women to look past the quest of being the "perfect mother". This talk is as endearing as it is freeing. She argues that women, more than men, are expected to be the perfect parent in our society. While parenting is challenging for all parents to make mistakes raising their kids, women become burdened under expectations.
Her opinion? Go for the little things. In the quest to do it all and check all the right boxes, parents often forget the joy that parenthood brings. So enjoy the little ones while still young because god knows kids grow up too fast. And be happy.
#6. Brené Brown, "The Power of Vulnerability"
The most therapeutic out of the list, here, Brene Brown, discusses the power of vulnerability. Being vulnerable is not for the faint-hearted. It takes a lot of courage. Even more so, with your own kids. Growing up, I never saw my parents' vulnerability for a second and always thought of them as superhuman beings capable of just about anything.
Brown suggests we should open up to our kids to save them heartache in the future. Children should understand from the very start that parents, just like other people, falter from time to time. This not only strengthens the parent-child bond but also gives them a kinder outlook on people and life.
We hope you like the selection above. Let us know if we missed any of your favorite Ted Talks, and we'll be sure to add that up. Take care!