Game theory is all about how interaction produces certain outcomes based on known preferences. It’s something parents are already well acquainted with, even if they don’t know it, in their daily raising of their kids.
New Yorker 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 on the latest Modern Dads Podcast how to use this sometime complex method used in economics and trade in simpler terms to come up with 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 with a few words on his parenting approach, which is perhaps the opposite of game theory and strategic parenting.