PARENTING FOR THE SCIENCE-MINDED -- by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D

Founded by an evolutionary anthropologist, this parenting resource is for critical thinkers -- people who want to understand child development from the perspectives of psychology, anthropology, evolution, and cognitive neuroscience.

I’ve got opinions. But who cares? You might be a scientist, physician, or teacher. Maybe you're an educated, skeptical layperson who loves science. Whatever the case, you don't need a sermon. 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.

Recent highlights

  1. Can we prevent bullying? Evidence-based insights and tips

    Oct 19, 17 11:50 AM

    Research has some clear messages for us, if only we will listen. Here is an overview of efforts to stop bullying and change the way kids behave: What approaches have worked, what hasn't worked, and wh…

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  2. What does the evidence tell us about feeding newborns?

    Oct 11, 17 04:35 PM

    The best bet is to feed newborns whenever they show signs of hunger, and end feeding sessions when they indicate they've had enough. It's also important for breastfeeding women to feed frequently, to…

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  3. Television violence: Do kids (and adults) like it?

    Oct 04, 17 01:22 PM

    Studies suggest that both children and adults are happier when they reduce exposure to violent content. Yet kids' programming may have higher rates of violence than does programming aimed at adults.

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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