Tag Archives: Parenting Science

Rewarding a Child’s Good Behavior Can Lead to… Bad Behavior

Study shows that our intuition about positive reinforcement can be exactly wrong: Rewarding a child’s sharing resulted in the child choosing to share less. Continue reading

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Study Shows Powerful Tool to Help Your Child Learn Math

Executive function, school placement, IQ, reading skills, math identity and more: Here’s what matters (and what surprisingly doesn’t!) in improving math skills through elementary and middle school. Continue reading

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Priming Studies Show Girls Still on Receiving End of Negative Math Stereotypes (and Also How To Help)

Kestrel loves math. Here’s the science of how she might be able to keep it that way. Continue reading

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Data Mining 614 Letters to Santa Claus

While girls spread their love among brands, they did not spread it among categories of toys, with the vast majority of requests from this (hopefully bygone…) era being for dolls or for “New Kids on the Block,” which the researchers note were “themselves dolls that represented the individual band members.” Continue reading

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The Science of Why I Largely Disregard Parenting Science

I was at the park the other day throwing pinecones at my kids when a horrified mother asked, “How can you hit your kids with pinecones!” I said it was pretty easy: you just don’t lead them as much. First, … Continue reading

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What Calvin’s Dad Knows About Explaining Science to Kids

Gary Larson tapped into the universal absurd. Charles Schulz helped us identify with the underdog in us all. And Bill Watterson accurately represented a father’s profound and boundless knowledge of the universe, as in Calvin’s dad’s explanation that ice floats … Continue reading

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The Parental Praise Paradox: Process not Person

Praise used to be a good thing — the praised child builds self-esteem! Now, as all of us enlightened GeekDad parents know, it’s a bad thing — the praised child loses the drive to struggle and succeed! So which is … Continue reading

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Studies: A Child’s Belief in Fantasy Requires A Nimble Mind

When my six- and four-year-old show irrational fears — say of getting a cup of water at night or that the neighbor’s dog is in fact Gmork from The NeverEnding Story – I yell, “Look out for ducks!” This is because … Continue reading

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