Game theory deals with predicting outcomes based on interactions based on known preferences. It’s something parents are already well acquainted with in their daily raising of their kids.
Paul Raeburn, co-author of The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting: How the Science if Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know — Your Kids, discusses how to use this sometime complex method used in economics and trade in simpler terms on the latest Modern Dads Podcast. The results: practical win-win parenting methods that teach kids about human nature, negotiation and cooperation.
“There is a fluid, natural feel to the authors’ examples,” says the Kirkus Review in its take on the tome. “Tantalizing perspectives on cultivating sharing, honesty and cooperation via game theory.”
The Parents’ Phrase Book author and L.A. Dads Group member Whit Honea also participates in the podcast. He offers some words on his parenting approach, which is perhaps the opposite of strategic parenting.