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What Would You Tell a Roomful of Parents | Mark Redmond

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I received an email from a woman who was invited to meet with the parents of children at an elementary school, asking me, “You’ve been working with children and teenagers for a long time. What would you tell a room full of parents?” My reply to her is the basis of this TedX talk, which I also turned into a Huffington Post column in their “Parenting” section over a year ago. It’s about the importance of building relationships; believing in your child and his/her goodness and capabilities; setting limitations and boundaries; not making excuses for your child; not emotionally rescuing them; modeling behavior; establishing routines; and finally, and maybe most importantly, telling that child that you love him or her, never presuming that they “already know this” – they need to be told it, and not just once.

Mark Redmond is executive director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington, VT, where he has served since 2003. Mark has worked with homeless and at-risk youth since 1981. He is the author of The Goodness Within: Reaching out to Troubled Teens with Love and Compassion (Paulist Press). He has had articles published in the New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post and other publications. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Villanova University and a masters in public administration from New York University. Mark’s “Moth” talk, This Church, ran on National Public Radio in December of 2014.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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