7 talks from parents facing difficult circumstances with bravery

A touching story!

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Francesca Fedeli had a hard pregnancy. But she and her husband, Roberto D’Angelo, thought they were in the clear when their son, Mario, was born in January 2011 and seemed healthy. [ted_talkteaser id=1796]However, just 10 days later, Mario was diagnosed as having had a perinatal stroke. The right side of his brain was damaged, leaving him unable to move the left side of his body.

In Wednesday’s shockingly honest talk, the pair express what went through their minds as they adjusted to this development. “We weren’t ready,” says Roberto D’Angelo in this talk, given at TED University during TEDGlobal 2013. “Nobody teaches [you] how to deal with such disabilities.”

The D’Angelos struggled with depression as they proceeded with physical rehabilitation for Mario, including mirror neuron therapy, in which they modeled for their son how to use objects, on the theory that watching them would help Mario build those neural pathways…

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Let’s let our children play

Children do need their pace to play and play well. Its a vital part of their development that we should not rob them of

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There are many things my toddler is good at, but when it comes to playtime, the Little Mister has got it sorted. He’s 18-months-old, and he’s one little boy who likes to play. In fact, he loves to play. And what does he do? Or how does he do it? It is all by instinct. Of course it is.

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Which is why when I read this article in the New York Post on playdates I felt immediately saddened and like the world had gone a little bit crazier while I wasn’t looking. In the ‘exclusive’ expose, we’re told that posh Manhattan parents are spending US$400 an hour on ‘recreation experts’ for their four-year-olds. They set up playdates and then teach them how to play. The aim of the game is, ultimately, to get these little people into exclusive private schools. The playdates are intended to help them impress the admissions…

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