Science of Families

One of the strategies we love at Radical Parenting is to incorporate studies and research into our parenting advice. We love anecdotes from our teens and parents, but more importantly like to compare these stories and perspectives to actual data.

Below we have listed some of our favorite principles and corresponding studies and articles that answer the question: Is there a science to parenting?

The Science of Teens: Here are a few studies that give an overview to the science and brain changes going on in our teens.

Why Your Teenager Feels Immortal Does the brain cause teenagers to engage in risky behavior? Many studies suggest that teens feel immortal, or invulnerable to harm because of delayed developments in the brain and hormones.

How to Tell If Teens Are Lying to You: Lie detection must be, unfortunately an integral part of emosocial intelligence. How can parents learn non-verbal cues to clue them into when their teens are lying.

EmoSocial Intelligence: How can we teach social and emotional literacy to teens and young people? This article reviews the science behind teen relationships and emotional intelligence for kids who are learning social skills.

How To Read Your Teen’s Face: Reading non-verbal cues in your child or teen is an essential part of communication and emosocial intelligence. Here Vanessa explains the science behind microexpressions and faces and why you need to know this to understand the people around you.

Teen Peer Pressure: Here Vanessa reviews some of the science behind teen peer pressure.

Vanessa also runs a website called The Science of People.org. On this website she shares the latest research on human behavior, relationships and personal development. She gets the most interesting studies from around the world and synthesizes it into bite-sized science, for every day people to use in every day life.