Parenting for the science-minded

As a biological anthropologist and science writer, I created the Parenting Science website for parents who are interested in the big picture -- child-rearing and child development considered from the perspectives of anthropology, evolution, psychology, and neuroscience.

I’ve got opinions. But who cares? What’s really important is critical thinking. Parents deserve to be treated like intelligent, rational beings.

You may be a scientist, physician, or teacher. Maybe you’re an educated, skeptical layperson who loves science.

Whatever the case, you don’t need dogma. You need evidence. You can draw your own conclusions.

So here it is: No folk theories. No preachy advice. No authoritarian pronouncements or pseudoscientific political dogma.

Instead, you’ll find my analysis of the research, fully-referenced so you know where to go if you want to dig deeper yourself. Welcome to the site, and please visit again. I will continue to add new articles over time. Know anyone who might find these pages useful? Help me spread the word.

Thank you for your support!

Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.

Praise for Parenting Science

"[A] welcome antidote to the opinion dressed up as science that parents are constantly fed. Tear up your parenting books and get yourselves over there..."

- Charles Fernyhough, Ph.D., developmental psychologist and author of A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist’s Chronicle of his Daughter’s Developing Mind

"...[O]ne of the most awesome websites I’ve seen in a long time…In addition to being helpful to academic parents, I see this site being useful in anthropology courses on human sexuality, life history, parenting, evolutionary medicine, evolutionary psychology, etc. Please check it out!"

- Julienne Rutherford, Ph.D., University of Illinois biological anthropologist and founder of the Biological Anthropology Developing Investigators Troop (BANDIT)

"I came across a great website run by Gwen Dewar, one I wish it had been available to me when my children were young. I hope everyone interested in math and kids will look at In search of the smart preschool board game and other pages on this site."

- Bill Marsh, Ph.D., in mathematics and author of MathInking, a blog about teaching math

"Gwen Dewar, a Ph.D. in biological anthropology, analyzes the latest research about parenting and kids. Check it out. You might even learn something about evolutionary psychology, or brain chemistry, or stereotyping."

- Polly Palumbo, Ph.D., psychologist and author of the blog, Momma Data: Children’s Healthy in the Media

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