Solid Science


Traditional Parenting

Relevant Studies

Here are Some of the Most Solid, Well-Constructed Studies on Children.

In the past [forty] years, many Americans scrapped almost all that they knew instinctively, culturally, and personally about what it takes to raise emotionally healthy children, children who are most likely to succeed as adults in their own lives and in their contributions to the society.

Doriane Lambelet Coleman

Authoritative Family have Best Outcomes

Parenting Types

Reliable difference in Outcomes

Parents that were equally demanding and loving to their children, had children with:

  • Greatest maturity, optimism, self-esteem
  • Most cognitive motivation and academic achievement
  • More friendly and reliable than other children

These generalizations applied regardless of the child’s gender, and regardless of whether the family was separated or  intact. – Family Socialization and Developmental Competence Project, University of California, Berkeley

Sweden's No Spanking Experiment

Forty Years, and the Results are in

After Sweden outlawed spanking, violent behavior did
not decrease. In fact, it’s just the opposite:

  • Swedish youths now display a “growing propensity for violence”
  • Toddlers and young children have begun hitting their parents often
  • Minor-on-minor assaults have increased by twenty-five times

All this despite the fact that Sweden has restricted violent media,
implemented anti-bullying programs, and banned “war toys” (like toy guns). –U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Children and Violence, 16, INNOCENTI DIGEST NO. 2 (Sept. 1997)

Children In Sweden, More Violent

Children Start with Concrete Understanding

Children Learn from the Concrete to the Abstract

Kids Learn Behavior the Same as Math, Science, or Language—from Simple to Complex

It is hard for most children to think abstract thoughts. Few can
understand, say, the concept of business. The ability to think abstractly
takes years to develop, but it can be nurtured by making abstract
concepts more concrete. So, kids can begin to understand business
better if their parents describe it to them when they are working a
lemonade stand.

It is the same in virtually every aspect of a child’s development: math, science, language—anything

One period, lasting up to the age of 7-8, during which justice is
subordinated to adult authority; a period contained approximately
between 8-11, and which is that of progressive equalitarianism; and
finally a period which sets in toward 11-12, and during which purely
equalitarian justice is tempered by considerations of equity” –Jean Piaget, University of Geneva