For some parents summer vacation means juggling a complicated child care schedule full of day camps and babysitters. For others it means trying to fill the day with enriching and educational activities at home. Once the kids are in bed for the night, parents should take a moment to watch some TED Talks geared toward parents. From offering advice on how to raise strong daughters to encouraging parents to let their children walk on the dangerous side, TED Talks are a valuable, free resource for parents.

This summer we’ve been taking a look at TED Talks that everyone should watch over break–from teachers and parents to college students. Stay tuned for more in the series.

This week, we have top TED Talks that parents should watch before the next school year.

    1. Jennifer Senior: For Parents, Happiness is a Very High Bar
      The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming–it’s “a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic,” as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents–to raise happy children–is so elusive. In this honest talk, Jennifer offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk's Assistant Copy & Production Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.