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. Preschool science experiment: Using ice to teach science concepts

    Jun 18, 21 09:50 PM

    An introduction to the preschool science experiment, with evidence-based tips, and illustrated examples of supervised projects for kids ages 4 and up.

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  2. Stopping gun violence: What can we do to protect our children?

    Jun 11, 21 09:45 PM

    The United States has a special problem with gun violence. But there are plenty of facts to guide us to a solution.

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  3. Machiavellian kids: Understanding the moral reasoning of bullies

    Jun 04, 21 04:06 PM

    Studies suggest that many bullies are popular, confident, and socially-savvy. So what's missing? Empathy, and a sense of social responsibility.

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  4. Health benefits of religion: Are religious kids better off?

    May 27, 21 06:21 PM

    Studies link religion with health benefits, but that doesn't mean that being religious makes us healthy. What matters is social and emotional support.

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  5. What is colic? An evidence-based guide to excessive infant crying

    May 18, 21 03:38 PM

    Colicky babies cry excessively and inconsolably. Most cases improve by 4-6 months, but crying can be a sign of illness or pain, so it's important to consult your doctor.

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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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