"The goal is not to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather, better adults than you have been. Progress happens because new generations grow and develop and become better than the previous ones.”
From Adora Svitak’s talk “What adults can learn from kids.” In her talk, Adora makes a case for why adults shouldn’t underestimate kids. And they shouldn’t. Kids are doing amazing things. Let’s just take a second to think about how Adora organized her first TEDxYouth event when she was just 12.
This weekend, young people around the world are attending, organizing, speaking at, and watching TEDxYouthDay events — TEDx events dedicated to the ingenuity of kids worldwide. Every year we’re taken aback by the amazing things that come out of these events, and we think you should be, too. Find a TEDxYouthDay event near you to attend or watch live online here.
Fun work? Is that even possible? What do you think?
This comics essay is part of a book called Brick by Brick, which I am now raising money to self publish on Kickstarter! Please check out the link for more details!
Six hundred goddamn AD
Six hundred. Goddamn AD.
AN ACTUAL THING THAT I LIKE
Parenting level = 99
- this is the greatest idea i have ever seen
- my parents must never see this
I love how the Addams Family has ZERO slut-shaming. Like… honey you can dance naked and enslave someone with your womanly charms if you want to, I don’t fucking care, but so help me you’re going to get a college education first.
The Addamses are what every family should aspire to be like (you know; without the dismemberment and electric chairs as play time). Honestly, have you ever seen more unconditionally loving and supportive parents than Gomez and Morticia? And not just with the kids, but with each other. I think what’s especially unique about them is how open they are with everything. They don’t treat their children like children. They treat them like they treat everyone else; direct, and to the point.
I HAVE to reblog this…
It’s creepy how many good examples of parenting and romantic relationships there is in these characters, especially considering they are supposed to be the antithesis of the stereotypical American nuclear family.
fun game: play peek-a-boo with your baby, but never reappear
my dad was good at this game
my heart just broke
Thank you for that wonderful exchange, Jadeite.
These parents are doing Facebook right.
The last one
Why? I watched a father very firmly tell his little boy “No, you can’t have that Rapunzel dress.” The boy was near tears until his dad continued, “That one’s way too small. Let’s find your size.”
Eventually, the little boy decided against the dress and, with his dad’s blessing, picked out a tiara instead, because “it’s better for everyday.”
Parenting: this guy’s doing it right.
God we fuck up teenagers’ heads. We tell them that biological conditions are moral punishments and then we get all shocked when they don’t practice rational risk management of biological conditions. We teach them “sex is super desirable and all the cool kids do it, and it’s hideously shameful and will destroy your life” and we wonder why they act an eensy bit neurotic about it. If you tried to design a system for making sexually active kids confused and unsafe, you couldn’t do much better than the American media and school system.
And for once, the answer is relatively simple. Just talk about sex like it’s a part of life. Some people have sex and some people don’t, because people are different. STIs aren’t bad because they’re Dirty Crotch Rot; they’re bad because they’re contagious illnesses like strep throat or whooping cough, and you can ask a doctor to check for and treat them just like you would with strep throat. Unwanted pregnancy isn’t a scarlet A; it’s a mostly-preventable accident that sometimes occurs when people are going about their normal business of having sex. You can ask the school counselor about a variety of topics, including career planning, problems at home, questions about sex, or conflicts with teachers.
If we could just get the goddamn stick out of our collective ass and accept that sex is a human activity and teenagers are humans, maybe there wouldn’t be quite so many plaintive “I don’t understand my body and I’m confused and scared and I don’t know anyone I can ask in person” messages flying out into the world."
reblogging myself because WIL WHEATON
Autism and Reverse Discrimination - When Special Needs Equates to A Lack Of Consideration
I went to collect my almost 17-year-old son from Collegetoday, only to find myself being dragged…
I actually think this was pretty responsible. Rather than banning it outright, which would result in kids wanting to rebel even more, she offers it in her home where she can control the amount people drink. Good on ya, Mrs George. You’re a cool mom.
WH?? ????? ??
THERE’S NOTHING RESPONSIBLE ABOUT GIVING UNDERAGE PEOPLE ALCOHOL YOU DUNDERFUCK
i think its better having your teenager at least know what to expect when you drink than letting them drink away from home with the varibles of danger such as drunk driving being a possibility. my mother used to let me sip her margaritas cause thats what she drank at parties and it looked fun and tasty. one sip and my tongue may as well have shriveled up so none of that shit for me thanks. you live you learn
or they can wait until they’re 21 to drink and try it then??? holy shit
Do you know why the drinking age is 21? Because the national government forced states to raise the drinking age to continue receiving certain funding. Yay, coercion. This magical age of 21 is an arbitrary number with no real scientific or legal importance. Which is why virtually every other country has much lower drinking ages, ranging from 16-18. Maybe the brain isn’t fully developed Fair. Then why are they allowed to make much more dangerous decisions, like join the army or start smoking, at the age of 18?
The whole point of growing up is learning how to function in the adult world, and that includes how to safely and responsibly consuming alcohol. Pushing the introduction of alcohol to the age of 21, and creating this senseless taboo surrounding it, does more harm than good in my opinion. A smooth introduction to alcohol, plus gradually building one’s tolerance to it (ie, not waking up on your 21st birthday and suddenly flooding your body with alcohol) is a much better idea.
If teens were allowed to drink responsibly and not have to hide it, a lot of the problems associated with underage drinking would go away.
In conclusion: get the fuck of your high horse and dont judge teens for drinking or for parents deciding to introduce teens to alcohol