Raising a child is one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of a lifetime. There’s a common saying amongst parents: “There’s no manual on how to raise a child.” It’s a learning experience. Just because there isn’t an explicit set of instructions, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t valuable resources. These are often statistical guidelines and published studies presented in peer reviewed journals. The best thinkers in the world are studying what brings about positive educational development in our young children– which, arguably, is one of the most important aspects of growth. Getting them started on the right educational path early is crucial to their success. Any resource that promoted this would be truly invaluable. In these 11 terrific TED talks, some of the brightest minds in the world rise up to the challenge and give tremendous insight into the growing minds of our kids.