The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting

How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know--Your Kids by Paul Raeburn

  • Published: Dec 22, 2020

"I absolutely loved this book, both as a parent and as a nerd." Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure As every parent knows, kids are surprisingly clever negotiators. But how can we avoid those all-too-familiar wails of "Thats not... read more

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Exact title of the book
The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting
Book author
Paul Raeburn
ISBN
9780374714406
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Apr 05, 2016
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
2160 kB

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"I absolutely loved this book, both as a parent and as a nerd." Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure As every parent knows, kids are surprisingly clever negotiators. But how can we avoid those all-too-familiar wails of "Thats not fair!" and "You cant make me!"? In The Game Theorists Guide to Parenting, the award-winning journalist and father of five Paul Raeburn and the game theorist Kevin Zollman pair up to highlight tactics from the worlds of economics and business that can help parents break the endless cycle of quarrels and ineffective solutions.

Raeburn and Zollman show that some of the same strategies successfully applied to big business deals and politicssuch as the Prisoners Dilemma and the Ultimatum Gamecan be used to solve such titanic, age-old parenting problems as dividing up toys, keeping the peace on long car rides, and sticking to homework routines. Raeburn and Zollman open each chapter with a common parenting dilemma. Then they show how carefully concocted schemes involving bargains and fair incentives can save the day.

Through smart case studies of game theory in action, Raeburn and Zollman reveal how parents and children devise strategies, where those strategies go wrong, and what we can do to help raise happy and savvy kids while keeping the rest of the family happy too. Delightfully witty, refreshingly irreverent, and just a bit Machiavellian, The Game Theorists Guide to Parenting looks past the fads to offer advice you can put into action today.

About author

Raeburn is the award-winning author of several books, including Do Fathers Matter?, a National Parenting Publications Gold Medal winner and a Moms Choice Award winner, and Acquainted with the Night, a memoir of raising children with mental illness. His articles have appeared in Discover, The Huffington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and Psychology Today, among many others. He lives in New York City.

Kevin Zollman is a game theorist and an associate professor of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. His work has been covered in The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Scientific American, and elsewhere.

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