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The Science of Parenting: Untangling Ever-Shifting Parenting Advice


There's an entire section of the bookstore devoted to child-rearing, but what's really behind the advice? We look at the sociology, psychology, research, and opinion included in those parenting manuals, and how to sort out what's useful and what isn't.


  • KJ Dell'Antonia - Writer and author of a parenting blog, and former lead editor and writer for the Motherlode blog at the The New York Times. She is the author of the forthcoming book, How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute, and co-author of Reading with Babies, Toddlers, and Twos. She and Jessica Lahey also have a writing podcast together called #amwriting
  • Jessica Lahey - Writer for many publications, including The New York Times, and The Atlantic. She is the author of The Gift of Failure, a bestselling book about the benefits of allowing children to make mistakes. She also has a blog and a writing podcast with KJ Dell'Antonia (above). 

This show follows up on an edition of the Science Cafe hosted in Concord, NH, by David Brooks, reporter for the Concord Monitor and author of the Granite Geek. You can find more of his writing at GraniteGeek.org

Recommended reading from our guests:

The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child's First Four Years by Tara Haelle. 

Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust by Kenneth R. Ginsburg.

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba.

You and Your Adolescent: The Essential Guide for Ages 10-25 by Laurence Steinberg. 

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp. 

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. 

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