How to teach self esteem

Self esteem is something we all need. And yet, few people get it the right way. We either lack it, or turn it into arrogance. As the term itself states, it must come from within ourselves and it takes a long process to help us discover it. But once we get there, we become our better version. And the best part is that by the power of example, we can teach our children to discover it as well, turning them into happier adults. Click to watch the video 😉

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You can’t treat me like that!

“People can be however they want to be, we can choose to be however we choose to be.” I’m starting to think everything comes down to 3 things in life: choices, mindset & emotional intelligence. Not everyone will love us or make us the center of their universe, and we should be ok with it. Sometimes even the strongest people can be put down by petty minds, and it will take them a while to rise. We can’t control how people treat us, but we can control how we feel about it. Watch the video for more insight 😉

4 thought-provoking questions to spark conversation

We’re on the brink of a future beyond what we can fathom — a future with driverless cars, designer babies, intelligent robots, and digital doppelgangers. Who will you choose to be in that future? How will it change you?

Here are four fascinating questions to get you thinking. See what you would choose — and ask your friends what they think too.

1. If you could upload your brain to a computer, would you do it?

Imagine this: Your future self uploads your brain to a computer, creating a complete digital replica of your mind. But that version of you is smarter — learning faster than you ever could — and starts to have experiences that the “real” you has never had, in a digital world that you have never seen.

Would you be game to try it, and why? Would that digital version of you still be “you?” Should you be free to have a relationship with someone’s digital replica? Are you responsible for the choices your replica makes?

2. Should parents be able to edit their babies’ genes? 

If you had a baby with a congenital heart defect and a doctor could remove the gene, would you do it to save your baby’s life? Most people probably would.

But take that another step further: Would you make your baby a little more intelligent? A little more beautiful? Should you be able to choose their sexuality? Their skin tone? What if only the rich could afford it? What if you chose not to edit your child, but other parents did?

3. Should a driverless car kill its passenger to save five strangers?

A driverless car is on a two-way road lined with trees when five kids suddenly step out into traffic. The car has three choices: to hit the kids, to hit oncoming traffic or to hit a tree. The first risks five lives, the second risks two, and the third risks one. What should the car be programmed to choose? Should it try to save its passenger, or should it save the most lives?

Would you be willing to get in a car knowing it might choose to kill you? What if you and your child were in the car, would you get in then? And should every car have the same rules, or should you be able to pay more for a car that would save you?

4. What morals should we program into intelligent machines? 

Picture a world with intelligent robots — machines smarter than you’ll ever be — that have no idea how to tell the difference between right and wrong. That’s a problem, right? But giving machines moral values poses an even stickier problem: a human has to choose them.

If we’re going to program morality into intelligent machines, which values should we prioritize? Who should decide which moral beliefs are the most “right”? Should every country have to agree to a set of core values? Should the robot be able to change to change its own mind?

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Self love isn’t cliche

Do you have standards or do you have expectations when it comes to yourself? You are enough isn’t just a motivational quote or a hot hashtag that will hopefully bring you more followers. It’s a way of life. It’s about knowing yourself with your pretty parts and flaws and accepting yourself just the way you are. The good part is that you can always improve as long as you’re aware you need to improve and you want it. Watch the video for more insight 😉

Are you a super mom?

“3 children! You are so brave” & “Take care of yourself”. I heard this a gazillion times from people who don’t know me and have no clue what it’s like to have 3 children, or just one, for that matter. From people who are workaholic and neglect themselves and their own families, if they have them at all. They just say it for the sake of saying it, and instead of helping, it just makes me think how fake they are. A few weeks ago, I exchanged a couple of phrases with someone from an online community, who’s going through something similar (working baby & older child mama). And she said something along the lines of “I know what it’s like. Hang in there, you can do it”. And I instantly had this huge smile upon my face and felt encouraged, because they were honest words. The truth is that I do put myself first, because I know a happy woman brings harmony to the home. It’s a simple truth I learned while hopping houses during my tutoring time with children. Our mothers’ generation put us first and lifted us on a pedestal. They sacrificed their lives and it didn’t end up all that well. So it’s our turn to teach our daughters we’re only human, and one of the things we need most is to be in harmony so we can spread kindness and harmony around us.

Update

One week ago, minus a few hours, baby bump came into this world. There has been a lot of adapting from 4 to 5 and knowing each other, so there’s been a little hiatus on the blog. Stay tuned because updates will take their regular course 😉 My weekly articles will take a while before making their appearance though, because at the moment there are other priorities.

PS: today the blog turns 1 *pops imaginary bottle of champagne*

Christiane Amanpour: How to seek the truth in the era of fake news

Known worldwide for her courage and clarity, Christiane Amanpour has spent the past three decades interviewing business, cultural and political leaders who have shaped history. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Amanpour discusses fake news, objectivity in journalism, the leadership vacuum in global politics and more, sharing her wisdom along the way. “Be careful where you get information from,” she says. “Unless we are all engaged as global citizens who appreciate the truth, who understand science, empirical evidence and facts, then we are going to be wandering around — to a potential catastrophe.”

 

The freedom of choice

Who we are and what we do are results of our choices. Sometimes choosing can be overwhelming, by going for something we deny ourselves the other option and that can be perceived as detrimental. We have all the freedom in the world, but what we do with it defines us and leads to success or failure. Watch the video for more insight

Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

 

Achieve real success

Success comes from the opportunities we create for ourselves. It isn’t external, and it is defined by each of us. When we stop trying to meet society’s expectations about success, that’s when we stand a chance of achieving it. How would you define success?