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. The effects of television on language development: Helpful or harmful?

    May 11, 21 02:23 PM

    Watching television is linked with slower language acquisition, but why? It's because it tends to displace live conversation between babies and adults.

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  2. The best infant feeding schedule: Why feeding "on cue" benefits babies

    May 03, 21 08:12 PM

    Most experts recommend against adopting a strict infant feeding schedule, and with good reason. Babies are better off when they are fed on cue.

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  3. Bedwetting in scientific perspective: Debunking destructive myths

    Apr 23, 21 07:30 PM

    Bedwetting isn't caused by laziness. It doesn't indicate that a child has emotional or behavioral problems. Parenting Science busts these and other myths.

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  4. ADHD in children: What you should know about diagnosis & overdiagnosis

    Apr 14, 21 07:42 PM

    What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? How is it diagnosed, and why is diagnosis on the rise? An evidence-based guide to ADHD in children.

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  5. Why kids rebel (and what we can do to encourage cooperation)

    Apr 06, 21 04:00 PM

    Most kids are ready to be cooperative. But they recognize limits to our power, and when we overreach, kids regard reject our authority as illegitimate.

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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

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