5 Encouraging TED Talks for Single Parents

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Bruce Feiler: Agile Programming for Your Family

Bruce Feiler TED Talk

"What's the secret to a happy family? Try."

Bruce Feiler, the author of The Secrets of Happy Families, borrows strategies from agile software development and proposes a new, more flexible approach to parenting. Learn how to transform your weekly family meetings, teach responsibility, and write a family mission statement with your kids. Ready to learn more? Watch "Agile Programming -- for Your Family."

Next Topic: Longing for greater connection? It's time to reimagine your own self-worth.

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Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown TED Talk on Vulnerability

"The one thing that keeps us out of connection is the fear that we're not worthy of connection."

Single parenting can be an isolating experience. Brene Brown, qualitative researcher, storyteller, and the author of The Gifts of Imperfection, shares poignant insight on shame, worthiness, and connection. To learn how to tell your story with your whole heart, embrace vulnerability, and take steps toward experiencing deeper connection, watch "The Power of Vulnerability."

Next Topic: Boost your self-confidence and change how others see you.

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Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Amy Cuddy TED Talk

"What do we do when we feel powerless? ... We close up. We wrap ourselves up. We make ourselves small."

Want to feel more confident negotiating with your ex or discussing your parenting plan? According to social psychologist Amy Cuddy, author of Presence, there's a strong connection between how we feel and our physical stance. For quick tips for boosting your self-confidence and changing how those around you perceive your strengths and abilities, watch "Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are."

Next Topic: Learn how to beat loneliness and practice emotional first aid.

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Guy Winch: Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid

Guy Winch TED Talk

"Loneliness creates a deep psychological wound, one that distorts our perceptions and scrambles our thinking. It makes us believe that those around us care much less than they actually do. It make us really afraid to reach out, because why set yourself up for rejection and heartache when your heart is already aching more than you can stand?"

 Psychologist and author of Emotional First Aid, Guy Winch asks why we're quick to address physical ailments but pay so little attention taking care of our minds, hearts, and emotions. Packed with practical help and loving reminders for anyone struggling with isolation, Dr. Winch shares his own journey with loneliness and lays out instructions for taking action in the midst of emotional pain. If you've ever struggled with isolation as a single parent, watch "Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid."

​Next Topic: A new, healthier way to think about and deal with everyday stress.

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Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend

Kelly McGonigal TED Talk on Stress

"...my goal as a health psychologist has changed. I no longer want to get rid of your stress. I want to make you better at stress."

How you choose to think about stress can change its impact on your physical and emotional well-being—and your relationships with others. In this TED Talk, psychologist Kelly McGonigal shares the latest research on stress and the surprising upside that accompanies our most stressful life events. For help reframing parenting stress, work stress, and even social stress watch "How to Make Stress Your Friend."