What every new parent should know: Diana Eidelman at TEDxBGU

What every new parent should know: Diana Eidelman at TEDxBGU

Drawing from her experience as a mother and a Family Counselor, Diana Eidelman shares her insights into challenging and often contradictory experiences that define parenting in the modern world. By drawing on keen insights into the psychology of both parent and child, Diana encourages listeners to consider the importance of active interaction, emotional stability, sustenance and physical touch to both infants and parents during the early, critical stages of child development.

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  1. Stephanie H on March 27, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Parenting is terrifying.. maybe because I study psychology and early childhood education!

    I’m truly debating if I want children.

    We’re overpopulated and not having children sounds selfish to society.

    However, having kids also sounds selfish since none of us asked to be here.

    I’m a teacher, maybe I should stick with my career.

    I have the opportunity to see children grow and learn without them being mine.

  2. Ais SM on March 27, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Why did have a baby if you didn’t know this already. How could you not know this.

  3. BarceloMedia on March 27, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Needed this! Thank you

  4. Ingrid Gonçalves de Oliveira Emerick on March 27, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    … "in developed countties?"… Why?

  5. Charles Frankswerph on March 27, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you ♥️

  6. Shilpa Bhatia on March 27, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Great start of the talk. So real and practical words…

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  9. Kimberly Gonzales on March 27, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you so much for this. Baby has been going through a sleep regression and hasn’t been moulding to what we think he should he doing. I ended up frustrated, exhausted and sending him by my in laws (I’m also dealing with mild ppd). He’s on his way back to me now and I promise to try giving him the GIFT and letting him just be a baby

  10. prerna sharma on March 27, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    I loved your talk. I didn’t want your talk to finish. I want to hear you more.

  11. Jessica Ramer on March 27, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    What a child will remember is whether or not you cared. My mother feels guilty about "mistakes" she made with me decades ago. I don’t even remember the stuff she is so stressed over and feels so guilty about.

  12. Yoshita Gandhi on March 27, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    What u spoke is exactly what happened with me. Same lifestyle that u had, i had. Same like you, no experience with babies. N same pain n screwed up after my first!!! No guidance. Totaly with our self.

  13. Sumipun on March 27, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    I did 8 years of Sales before I had my baby.
    Before being a mum my whole week was about KPIs. It was stressful but when you hit your KPI it was super satisfactory. You can calculate the incentives by the amount of work you put in. My whole life was dominated by numbers.
    So when I had baby, guess what
    No quantitative measurement of the effort I am putting. No ROI.
    It drive me crazy. I was confused all the time. I kept having this anxiety that I was doing something wrong.
    I made an excel chart to track my babies feeding and pooping. Lol
    My mum told me to relax.
    She said that if they cry than that means they are either hungry or wet or sometimes they just want to cry. Hold them love them and forget the rest.
    I was scared that if I hold him too much he will get used to it, but my mum said that this moment will pass so soon and I will regret that I didn’t hold him enough. And it was so true.

  14. K VD on March 27, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    As a first time parent, this is so helpful and reassuring. Thank you. And the comment section is so thoughtful and useful too. great video and community section.

  15. Lee Lee Maggs on March 27, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    This is great, especially go. It is so true. Babies need to Goooo. Although I do think F should be Fresh air. Whenever I bring my unsettled baby out into fresh air outside, they always seem to feel peaceful. Watching the world around them. Or when my kids got hurt and they are crying hysterical. I step out side hot or cold, rainy too. And they just shut it down. Its amazing.

  16. Mal Bala on March 27, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    I’m only 8 weeks pregnant and already feel overwhelmed and anxious about this whole process and wondering if I’ll be able to be a good mom when I know I’ll be so tired and sleep deprived. So thank you for somehow rationalizing this absolutely crazy time

  17. Solace Palisano on March 27, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    "We adore but we are at war"

    Wow. So because you can’t watch TV like you wanted you are at war with your child? And everything you try to do is ruined by your baby? Honestly, this approach sounds like selfish parenting

  18. AMPuthran04 on March 27, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Useful. So needed to new parents. This needs to be told to all “to be” parents.

  19. Patty Bi on March 27, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Hope I listened to this talk two years ago

  20. S Barb on March 27, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    I had my first baby at 35. Before that I had a successful career. Let me tell you; being a mother is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. I look back and wonder how I managed it especially the first couple of years X

  21. Little House in the Big Apple on March 27, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    I’m so glad i heard about high needs babies pretty soon after having my girl… i thought i was taking crazy pills…I’d never seen a baby like this! I was so happy to know it was a "thing" so i wouldn’t have to wallow in thinking I was doing something wrong. She is fabulous… but a high needs baby will show you what youre NOT going to do!

  22. TheLoofagirl on March 27, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    This was my exact experience as a new mom.

  23. Nitish Kumar on March 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I have twins in initial days it was very hard to manage every thing and I feel depressed about everything but after few days I realized that it’s all in my head and as you said it’s all about ourselves your advice really helped me thanks a lot.

  24. ankra12 on March 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    That is Why I never wanted kids. Its too stressful.

  25. Wee Beng on March 27, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Nice video. Many parents are not aware of the importance of touch to early brain development.

  26. rikiana george on March 27, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    This is building

  27. Mai Pham on March 27, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    This was so helpful ❤️❤️❤️

  28. Salah Hilal on March 27, 2022 at 6:14 pm

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  29. Argy Kasi on March 27, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    I LOVE youtube!

  30. Dave Kavana on March 27, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    I’m a stay at home dad of a new borne and this is still so much easier than construction…..

  31. Flower Power on March 27, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Moral of the story: no ones ever ready.

  32. TheCreationsofmine on March 27, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    thank u so much

  33. Maria Sokolova on March 27, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    "But when your spouse comes home it’s not something you are going to brag about." Why not? I would.

  34. Edwin Aguilar on March 27, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Wonderful, sensible and inspiring little talk. It comes as a timely g.i.f.t. to my wife and myself, less than two weeks into parenthood 🙂

  35. Nin Tale on March 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Here after a week as a new parent. This was really helpful

  36. Gracie Pelsue on March 27, 2022 at 6:23 pm


  37. --M-- on March 27, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Well I hope that like any healthy spirited mother you would be proud of her even if she did not have children. If she had told you that she wants to focus on her career, travel, date or live her life to the fullest without kids I do hope you would’ve been proud also. As a mother. Because as long as you are fertile, making babies is easy. Raising them is another story. Women tend to live in a fairytale world posting about their kids on FB flaubting it just like the Watts did and look what behind closed doors happened. You cannot assume life is perfect by looking at what people post. Of course they only post the good stuff. Women are free now. We are not baby making machines. We can adopt. Take our own decisions and still be strong and hard working. This world is insane. Tons of kids need to be adopted. We don’t need to make more babies. It’s selfish.

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  39. Ais SM on March 27, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    I don’t have sympathy because no one forced you have a baby and a child is such a gift.

  40. Dude abideth on March 27, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    I am a new dad of a baby that is 5 days old. And yesterday I started counting the number of sucks to measure the efficiency of feeding 🙂

  41. مروة محمد on March 27, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    BTW I am not a western mom and I can relate to every word of this.
    I was disappointed when the video ended after 12 minutes. I wish it lasted longer!

  42. Stacy on March 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Fantastic talk! I have run into a very frustrating rut with my toddler recently, and we need to reboot our schedule so that we are both happier. Thank you for this information.

  43. Selina Selina on March 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Separation Anxiety

  44. Bella on March 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I’m 7 months pregnant and freaking out about this. But this helped. I realise it will be hard and different. But I will find a way to get through this.

  45. Q F on March 27, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    This wasn’t that useful…sorry I thought there was something more here than there is

  46. Cubelarooso on March 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Procreation is child abuse.

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