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Should TED invite a Stay-at-Home mother to speak?

I want to hear from intelligent, interesting stay-at-home parents. I want to learn from and with others about one of the most important and most difficult jobs a person could have.

I want to hear from those people raising the scientists, artists, mathematicians, musicians, business, political and religious leaders of the world.

  • Dec 1 2011: The impetus for my post is simply this...in my years of listening to TED, there have been multiple times where I as a parent have searched: motherhood, parenthood, SAHM only to come up with not a single talk in the entire database. This I find discouraging.

    "The goal of the foundation is to foster the spread of great ideas. It aims to provide a platform for the world's smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most-inspiring teachers, so that millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future. Core to this goal is a belief that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea." http://www.ted.com/pages/185

    There is a GAP and it needs to be filled!
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    Dec 1 2011: If there is someone who can give an interesting, insightful and original presentation about being a stay-at-home parent then I don't see why not. I once heard a great lecture on simply being married (Reflections from a Long Marriage, Swarthmore Lecture, 2006) - so it'd make sense that a great talk on parenthood should be possible. The question I think, is how to find a stay-at-home parent with something that they really want to say to TED.
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    Nov 30 2011: TED should call anyone who has something brilliant to talk about . On the other hand I may oppose to the ones who claim that motherhood is a job. Actually it is a pathriatic social norm that drove women into that postion. Parenthood is a choice and task to fulfill not a profession.
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    Nov 30 2011: Would you want to hear from those that are in the process of raising leaders or those who have acutally done so by looking at their adult childrens' accomplishments? Your question begs discussion. Thanks.
    • Dec 1 2011: Both Lynn. I agree the topic does beg discussion. Parenthood in all its forms is a subject worthy of exploration. I would LOVE to hear from parents who are in-process or rearing children as well as those who have gone before and are finished raising their children who could look back over the years and give the rest of us some advice, instruction and/or inspiration.
      • Dec 17 2011: Something to add: could it be possible to get a viewpoint from a mother who once had a career but left it for a while to be a stay-at-home mother? I read a book which talked about the increasing number of women in the 21st century who had to temporarily leave their jobs either because their jobs took up too much time or could not handle the stress of both a career and raising children. I am sure that with so many working women in the world, several in that situation would appreciate such a speaker..

        And I think it would be insightful for men too--perhaps those who are raising a child on their own or maybe partners of women in career-family conflicts.
  • Nov 30 2011: As a culture we in the United States devalue the job of rearing and teaching children across the spectrum. We devalue motherhood, we devalue early childhood caregivers and teachers. But, having said that and being markedly worried about that, I worry more about the Mommy wars and the tendency of women to be so incredibly hard on each other. It is very rarely men who are the most demanding of how well a woman mother's her children, it is other women.

    I would love to hear from stay at home mothers, as long as we can celebrate those who do without demonizing those who cannot. And this means those who are very good parents without having the temperament to be full time child developers.

    Can we find a way to value our most precious people - those who nurture our future - without re-igniting the mommy wars?
  • Nov 30 2011: That is really interesting idea.
    My opinion is similar. I don't agree with attitude that women have to have a job because of the sense of acomplishment. Stay-at-home mothers have complex and very graceful job.