The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting (Audiobook) Suggested Reading (Listening)

The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting


by Raeburn & Zollman

Suggested Listening

“I absolutely loved this book, both as a parent and as a nerd.” —Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure

  • Listening Length: 5 hours and 13 minutes
  • File Type: MP3
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Release Date: 5th April, 2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1504718445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1504718448

The tools you need to master the toughest negotiations you’ll ever face – those with your kids.

As 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.

“Unlike most parenting books . . . this one is based on actual research into how humans behave . . . in the home it should increase the odds that there will be less whining for all involved.” Laura Vanderkam, The Wall Street Journal

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