Ted Talk Tuesday – 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

Dangerous things are around us at all times. You’re not even safe in your own home! Most accidents and deaths occur right there in your own house. But is danger something that should be avoided or have we become so safety conscience that we are not developing new skills? Even worse are we raising our kids to be afraid of the world around us?

 Trying to figure out if the tinker kids are going to be able to get molten iron from magnetite sand

 

Gever Tulley is the founder of the Tinkering School. This is a week long camp where kids learn how to use and build with power tools. This is the sort of thing that would make most helicopter parents panic! He’s interesting in teaching children new skills and learn problem solving. In this video he argues that without a little bit of danger kids can never learn new skills. Introducing them to things which maybe dangerous in a controlled environment helps them learn how to do things safely. With a list of things you should be letting your kids try it includes playing with fire and owning a pocket knife!

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

Do you practice being mindful? Are you even sure you know what that means? Well ask yourself this simple question… When was the last time you spent ten minutes doing absolutely nothing.

Not checking your phone.

Not watching TV.

Not even thinking.

While we’ve been taught that we should always keep ourselves busy and on the go. The devil makes work for idle hands after all! Sometimes the best thing we can do for our mental health is to take a little break and smell the flowers.

Thats what mediation is, time for our brains to take a break and get a little bit of mental space. Andy Puddicombe is the man behind Headspace. This is a mobile app that aims to make its users a little more mindful and encourages us to take a little time out.  Taking just 10 minutes a day can help refresh your brain and appreciate the present moment. Instead of worrying about whats going to come later!