Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask

Book - 2014
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All parenting is about experimenting (whether you know it or not). It begins on the day our kids start to teethe, as we do backflips to distract them from the pain, and continues all the way through their teenage years, when we bribe them with video games to extract a few minutes of math. Now comes a book from a real scientist who has taken that experi-mentation further and deployed every last piece of data on his own kids so that the rest of us can benefit from the results. Emboldened by his keen understanding of cutting-edge research, Dalton Conley makes a series of unorthodox parenting moves. Just to name a few: He bribes his kids to do math because a study in Mexico indicates that conditional cash transfers improve kids' educational achievement. He gives his children weird names to teach them impulse control because evidence shows that kids with unusual names learn not to react when their peers tease them. Conley tries a placebo on his son when the school wants to medicate him for ADHD, because studies prove the placebo effects are almost as big as those of the actual drugs. Parentology hilariously reports the results of Conley's experiments as a father, demonstrating that, ultimately, what matters most is love and engagement.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781476712659
Characteristics: ix, 237 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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Aug 13, 2017

This book is more suitable before you conceive because if you know your due date and it doesn't coincide with a spring to fall date your child is doomed to marital, academic and financial failure. Ok a bit of an exaggeration but some of the statistics while well known will have you worrying that if you have 3 children instead of 2 your children they aren't as likely to succeed in life. I question some of the statistics used or at least their interpretation for example he says that religious families are less likely to have marital, academic and financial failure. I can stomach the academic and financial, it's possible I suppose but I've always read that those who attend church are more likely to stay married. I want to look into that statistic.

JCLBrianO Sep 05, 2014

If read more for the anecdotes Parentology can be entertaining. A smidge of scientific reasoning is thrown in but a good part of my time reading this book had me rolling my eyes at the tongue-in-cheeky humor and humble-bragging.

brooklynlibrarian Jun 13, 2014

This is a hilarious take on parenthood! Great for childrens and teen librarians too!

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