The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting

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

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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Publisher: New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
ISBN: 9781504718387
Characteristics: audio file, rda

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Jun 20, 2016

Anyone not familiar with game theory but who normally enjoys a good parenting book might still be a little bored by this one. However, if you're like me in that you prefer your non-fiction mixed with a smattering of math and dry economic principles whenever appropriate AND you happen to be a parent of small children, then the Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting could be the book for you. You'll likely discover you employ some of these tactics already, but didn't realize there was a name for it.

The authors make an original case for their methods—a modern twist based on centuries-old ideas—and then provide demonstrations using the paradoxical rules of parental negotiation. Even a term like "parental negotiation," for example, usually means the parents' word is the law (Authoritarian), but the authors argue that this approach still has the side effect of child resentment which in turn causes a slew of other unintended consequences. The goal, after all, is to arrive at an elegant and fair solution even though children possess little more than a nonsensical sense of logic and argument. Then again, you might lack the patience for game theory if you're on a road with a car full of hungry kids trying to find a friggin' place to eat.


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