Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

Guest Post: Do Interesting Things

Friday, September 11th, 2009

“Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” - Goethe

I'm feeling a bit giddy over the fact that one of the people that inspires me the most, Leo Babauta, is guest posting here at Parent Talk Today. Just reading Leo's blog, Zen Habits, always inspires me, calms me down, excites me with new ideas and makes me want to be a better person. That's a lot to ask of a blog, but Leo delivers.
I like this post because I think one of my jobs as a parent is to inspire my 13-year-old son, Matt, to look at the world in new ways and to try new and exciting things. I think this post is a great one to share with our kids. Check it out. I'll bet it will make you want to try something new. Take it away, Leo…

We live in interesting times. We’re blessed that way.

The world is changing rapidly.

The way we work is changing, the way we live has already changed.
Entire industries are crumbling, and more are growing on their ruins.
People are empowered to express themselves, to create, to become a part
of a global conversation and transformation in a way that has never
existed before.

What will you do with that?

What will your place be in this new, interesting world? Will you have a voice? Will you be a creator or just a consumer?

Do something.

Do something interesting.

Be a part of the conversation and say something remarkable. Create
something unique, new, beautiful. Build upon the works of others and
transform it into your own.

How to do this?

Write a book. Or an ebook.

Write poetry and publish it on the web.

Create interesting, lovely or funny videos and put them on You Tube.


Write a web app that will solve a problem in people’s

Become a watchdog to replace the faltering newspapers.

the world and blog about it.

Try something you’ve always been afraid
to try, and put it on video.

Be yourself, loudly.

Start a new company,
doing only one thing, but doing it very well. Start a business that
does a service you’ve always wanted, or that you are frustrated with in
other companies because the service sucks.

Put your heart into
something. Say something that no one else dares to say. Do something
others are afraid to do. Help someone no one else cares to help. Make
the lives of others better.

Make music that makes others want to weep,
to laugh, to create.

Inspire others by being inspiring.

Teach young
people to do amazing things.

Write a play, get others to act in it,
record it.

Empower others to do things they’ve never been able to do

Read, and read, and then write.

Love, and love, and then help
others to love.

Do something good and ask others to pass it on.


Find focus in a world without it.

Become minimalist in a
world of dizzying complexity.

Reach out to those who are frustrated,
depressed, angry, confused, sad, hurt.

Be the voice for those without

Learn, do, then teach.

Meet new people, become fast friends.

to be wrong.

Take lots and lots of pictures.

Explore new cultures.


Paint a huge mural.

Create a web comic.

Be a dork, but do it

Interview people. Observe people.

Create new clothes.

Take old
stuff and make new stuff from it.

Read weird stuff.

Study the greats,
and emulate them.

Be interested in others.

Surprise people.

Start a
blog; write at least a little each day.

Cook great food and share it.

Be open-minded.

Help someone else start a small business.

Focus on less
but do it better.

Help others achieve their dreams.

Put a smile on
someone’s face every day.

Start an open-source project.

Make a

Start a movement.

Be brave. Be honest. Be hilarious.

really, really good at something. Practice a lot. A lot. Start now. Try.

Kids Wanting to Cruise YouTube? Point ‘Em Here

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

I just love Vanessa Van Petten. Her blog, Radical Parenting: Parenting From a New Perspective always inspires me, and it often makes me laugh out loud or think about a post long after I’ve left my computer.

If you’re like me, you don’t like the idea of your child just aimlessly surfing YouTube for funny videos. There’s an amazing amount of garbage there. Van Petten suggests videos that are not only appropriate — they’re terrific. Even better: You and the kids can watch them on her site right here.

P.S. She has also added a section on Best Videos for Parents. Love that.

Here’s a sneak peek:

So Your Kid Won’t “Friend” You on Facebook?

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Facebook, Inc.

Thanks to writer Liz Seegert (who is also the mom of a teenage son) for telling me about a terrific article by Lisa Belkin in The New York Times Magazine: "When Your Kid Won't 'Friend' You."

Belkin talks about joining a Facebook group called “Moms of Kids Who are Embarrassed They Have a Facebook.” Apparently its ranks are growing quickly.

How old should a kid be before joining Facebook or another social-media site? Is it strictly his business what he does there — or are you, as a parent, obligated to see what's on his page and to make sure he's making good decisions, not giving out too much personal information, not posting something that might hurt his chances of getting a job after college, etc? (Man, life used to be so much simpler, didn't it?)

I had no idea how wide-ranging the opinions are on this topic until I started reading the comment after Belkin's piece. Let's just say there's no clear agreement here. But reading others' thoughts on the subject might help you look at all the issues and decide what's right for your kid.

And, really, with all the craziness surrounding kids and Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Who-Knows-What-Will-Be-Invented-Tomorrow, that's all we can do, right? Look at all sides of the issue, try to put pressure (from our kids, their peers, other parents, the media) aside and decide what's best for our family.

Hey, nobody ever said this parenting thing would be easy.

Fun Optical Illusions for the Whole Family

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

I love it when I learn about a website or video that's entertaining and that also teaches something cool. Optical-illusion expert Jerry Andress will amaze you and your kids with this YouTube video showing how what we see depends on how our brain interprets things. Check it out.