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Jordan Reeves

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What's one lesson you find super compelling?

If you could put a megaphone to the ears of the world for just 5 mintues, what's the one lesson you would teach. It doesn't have to be serious, but it can be. It doesn't have to be about math, science, literature, or history, but it can be. It just needs to capture the minds of your audience.

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    Apr 21 2012: Improve parenting if you want to improve the human race.
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      Apr 22 2012: Parents get so defensive when they are criticized, but maybe that is because of the hormonal imbalance of caring for a child 24/7? =P
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        Apr 23 2012: Perhaps parents are defensive because they are trying to do something that they have not been trained to do!
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        Apr 23 2012: Derek,
        There certainly IS a hormonal change when pregnant for a child, and soon after the child is born, and I think in general, the hormones eventually regain balance again.

        I agree with Anthony, that there is sometimes anxiety because parenting is a huge responsibility, and we often don't have the best "training" or parenting skills. It is common to repeat patterns we learn from our own parents, and the patterns we repeat are not always the most beneficial.
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          Apr 24 2012: Colleen, Anthony,

          I read on someones profile on ted that there should be a mandatory course that teaches parents basic skills for teaching their children and examining their proficiency as a parent with basic math, science, and english skills at the same time. I found this very intriguing and I thought that it sounds like a very good idea.

          What do you percieve from this idea?
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        Apr 24 2012: Derek,
        Although I think math, science and english are very important, and it never hurts anyone to improve these skills, I don't percieve them as the most important for parenting, so I guess I wouldn't clump them all together.

        Some parents need very basic skills, like how to care for another human being with respect, compassion, empathy and intent to learn, rather than dictate and/or abuse. True "parenting classes", or "parenting books", which there are plenty of, teach how to become more effective in the life experience as well as more effective parents:>)
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          Apr 25 2012: Colleen,

          I think that maybe we could either omit or extremely briefly skimm the basic skills portion of math, science, and english, but maybe add more of an emphasis on parenting skills. It couldn't hurt to learn. As someone once said to me "Our whole lifetime involves some sort of schooling and we will never escape that fact", though they were being pessimistic. I took that idea of theirs and percieved it in a positive light and I highly agree with them because more understanding of knowledge couldn't hurt. =D
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        Apr 25 2012: Derek,
        I agree....it can never hurt to have more understanding and knowledge. I percieve us all as teachers and students in the earth school of life, so every moment is an opportunity to learn, grow and evolve. Trying to "escape" it would simply mean that I wasn't fully present in each and every moment to the best of my ability.

        I'm not here to be complacent, which is why I liked your statement so much..."Try to never be complacent. =) "

        It's a choice in every moment, and I would not deny myself the opportunity to be fully engaged in each moment of the life experience:>)
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        Apr 24 2012: Paul, I think that his lesson also has alot of merit.

        What is one lesson in parenting that needs to be taught?

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