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Find Out If You Are Doing These Things Right To Raise A Successful Child

Let's admit it, parents. The one constant thought that lingers in our minds, day in and day out with every little action- is if we are doing it all right. Are we raising our kids the right way- are we giving them the right exposure, are we letting them explore their dreams, are we being too strict with them, are we giving in too easily to all the tantrums- these and a lot more. With the parenting fraternity ready to jump in, be judgemental and brand you as 'helicopter parents' or 'tiger parents', it is getting a bit too stressful for today's parents to go ahead with what they know best.

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And what we need in times like these- are motivational talks and inspiring lessons to lead the way. The urge to reinforce to ourselves that we are doing it all right- and we are ready to learn is what every parent needs in today's world. These TED Talks by some of the world's most prolific speakers and experts tell us exactly what we want to hear- on how to raise successful kids.

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No, they don't recommend you oversee all their academic activities with a toothcomb or set the bar too high. Simple and practical steps are what they are suggesting with this collection of TED Talks that help you raise happier and successful kids without the need for overparenting. (Read the complete article here).

 Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford, explains why it is essential for parents to value kids unconditionally and show them the right way at home. Inspiring them to help you with daily chores, come up with innovative solutions on their own and to prove to our kids that we love them, no matter what is essential she says. "Checklisted childhood" she describes the way we raise our kids and we can't agree more!

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Jennifer Senior, writer and author of All Joy and No Fun, explains why parents remain anxious and worried about what they do and why the parenting section at any bookstore appears like "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic"! The focus should be on raising more productive and moral kids, than happier ones, she says, "happiness will come to them by virtue of the good they do and the love that they feel from us".

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Helen Pearson, science journalist and author of The Life Project, explains the need to stop and smell the roses in our mad pursuit of excellence in life. She explains why we need to spend more time with the kids, doing the small things than just worry about their college education later in life. She also explains with statistics why children who pick up the habit of reading at a young age (as young as 4 or 5) end up being more successful in life than the others and why parents need to spend time reading out to the kids daily.
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