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

Audiobook CD - 2016
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The tools you need to master the toughest negotiations you'll ever face--those with your kidsAs every parent knows, kids are surprisingly clever negotiators. But how can we avoid those all-too-familiar wails, "That's not fair!" and "You can't make me!"? In The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting, journalist Paul Raeburn and 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. They show that some of the same strategies successfully applied to big business deals and politics--such as the Prisoner's Dilemma and the Ultimatum Game--can be used to solve such titanic, age-old parenting problems as dividing up toys, putting down those screens, and sticking to a bedtime.Raeburn and Zollman open each chapter with a common parenting dilemma, such as determining who started a fight or who gets a bedtime story first. 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 Theorist's Guide to Parenting looks past the fads to offer advice you can put into action today.
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] :, Blackstone Audio, Inc.,, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2016
ISBN: 9781504718424
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO 641.1 Raeburn 05/2016
Characteristics: 5 audio discs (6 hr.) :,CD audio, digital ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 CD-ROM
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digital, optical, rda
Additional Contributors: Zollman, Kevin


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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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