Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Mindfeed: TEDxTEEN: Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out

WHAT: NEW!!!!!!  "Friday Mindfeed"- first story from TEDxTeen: Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out

DOES: Since the birth of my first child, I am no longer able to read the Sunday paper anymore.  If you make time to still do this then I applaud you.  Me? I really miss those Sunday mindfeasts where the paper was the main course and the coffee and doughnut were just the dressing on the side.  Those stories really allowed me to stop, think, and look at everything in perspective.   Friday Mindfeed at Toys are Tools will attempt to provide these servings big and small.
INVEST: Your time is the most expensive of all.  It's up to you to take a bite.
TOOLS: Family Fix-it (take a moment to look at the big picture, your big picture), Social Scene Helper (here's something to talk about with your kids or friends or yet another fun witticism for Pinterest or Facebook)

Is there a better way to start a new column here than with a story from a young person?

Tavi Gevinson is a high school sophomore AND she's also an online teen fashion mag editor.  I always talk about how I worry about kids not having a job after going to college but look, she's already got one.  Why?  From what I can gather she thinks outside of the box - the point of this week's toy reviews on Imaginets and the Pocket Pouch Prism.

This morning I found myself watching this TEDxTeen video.  I don't know if that means only teens are supposed to be watching but I'm in awe as a parent and as a former youth counselor, I'm floored.  I never thought about teaching my son that it's okay to say something like, "I'm still figuring it out."  It takes a lot of confidence to do that.

What else did she say that also struck me?

"In actuality, women are complicated.  Women are multifaceted, not because women are crazy but because people are crazy and women are people."

Children humble me.   I love this video.  What great food for Friday.     Thanks TEDxTeen.  My mind has been fed for the weekend.

See more about this video on the TED website.

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