Online Resource: Parenting Science

What Is It?

Parenting Science is a website that offers evidence-based information on child development from the perspectives of psychology, anthropology, evolution and cognitive neuroscience. Its articles can be searched by the stage of your child’s development (Babies, Pre-schoolers and Big Kids) or by the type of information you are looking for (e.g. information on parenting or information on behavioural issues).

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Why Is It Useful?

The information provided is fully referenced to published, peer-reviewed studies, meaning you can rely on it rather than it just representing an opinion based on some out-dated theory, and it is presented in an easy to understand and easy to follow manner. Often information about how to practically implement the findings in your daily life as a parent is included along with the information itself. This means that the information provided on Parenting Science will both improve your knowledge of child development, and help you adapt your everyday parenting to include this information. Indeed, this is so useful, you will commonly find links to Parenting Science at the end of our own posts, especially those in the Useful Information For Parents and Parenting Skills sections.

Who Is Behind It?

Parenting Science is run by Dr Gwen Dewar, an evolutionary anthropologist who aims to provide you with evidence to help you raise your child, but she’s happy to let you decide on exactly how you wish to use it. The site is financed by advertising, affiliate links (through the Parenting Science Amazon storefront) and donations, and if you find the information on this site useful, you should consider donating to help support it.

Five Pages Worth Checking Out On This Website:

To help you get an understanding of the type of information provided by Parenting Science, here are links to five articles which are particularly informative when it comes to raising children who will grow up to be happy and successful adults:

  1. Exercise for children: Why keeping kids physically fit is good for the brain and helpful in the classroom.
  2. Praise and intelligence: Why telling kids they are smart makes them act dumb.
  3. Correcting behavior: The magic words that help kids cope with mistakes.
  4. Teaching self-control: Evidence-based tips.
  5. Science for kids: An evidence-based guide to fostering curiosity and scientific thinking.

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About The Author: This post was written by Colin Drysdale, the creator of How To Raise A Happy Genius.


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