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This child’s advice will make you reconsider your own life

Many times, adults are curious about what it takes for them to get their children into line.  They try everything, but can’t always figure out what’s going to work.  But in some cases, the gap can simply be due to the fact that our kids don’t have developed minds like the ones we’d like for them to have.  Planting the seeds for your child can be very important, but you have to remember what you’re dealing with.

But what’s also funny is that, in some ways, your child is actually SMARTER than you.  They have more brain activity occurring and their fresh, young minds can process information in spectacular ways.  Well, how do you find the right balance and teach children without putting too much pressure on them?  The TED Talk from this young lady might help you in your journey.

Here is some of what she had to say:


When you’re a kid, you get asked this one particular question a lot. It really gets kind of annoying. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now adults are hoping for answers like, “I want to be an astronaut.” Or, “I want to be a neurosurgeon.” You adults and your imaginations.

Kids, they’re most likely to answer with pro skateboarder, surfer, or Minecraft player. I asked my little brother, and he said, “Seriously dude? I’m 10. I have no idea. Probably a pro skier. Let’s go get some ice cream.”

See, us kids are going to answer with something we’re stoked on. What we think is cool. What we have experience with. That’s typically the opposite of what adults want to hear.

But if you ask a little kid, sometimes you’ll get the best answer. Something so simple, so obvious, and really profound. “When I grow up, I want to be happy.” For me, when I grow up, I want to continue to be happy, like I am now.

I’m stoked to be here at TEDx. I mean I’ve been watching TED videos for as long as I can remember. But I never thought I’d make it on stage here so soon. I mean, I just became a teenager.

Like most teenage boys, I spend most of my time wondering, “How did my room get so messy all on its own?” “Did I take a shower today?” And the most perplexing of all, “How do I get girls to like me?”

Neuroscientists say that the teenage brain’s pretty weird. Our prefrontal cortex is under-developed. But we actually have more neurons than adults, which is why we can be so creative. And impulsive, and moody, and get bummed out.

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