The Parenting Lab



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About The Parenting Lab

When I learned I was going to be a parent for the first time, I wanted to learn how parents of successful children thought about parenting.  I had already studied what the academics had to say about the matter but I wanted to hear from the actual parents. I wanted to hear the stories and the wisdom behind the data. 

Mike Tyson said 'Everyone has a plan until they get punched'.  I wanted to hear from the parents that had lived through the 'blows' of parenthood and came out the other side with a successful, happy child. 

Where I'm Starting: Ivy League Kids

I'm learning from parents that raised a kid that was accepted into the Ivy League or the equivalent (eg Stanford, Cal, etc). 

A few of the questions I have for these parents:

  • How to nurture a child's curiosity? 

  • How to nurture a child's autonomy? 

  • How to support a child in setbacks or failures? 

  • How to structure time?

  • How to instill self-care habits and avoid burnout?

  • How to motivate a child?

  • How to handle digital distractions? 

Posts Are Coming Soon
Stay tuned...

About me

I am a tech entrepreneur fascinated with the science of happiness & flourishing.  I studied Cognitive Science and Computer Science at UCLA and completed my graduate work at UPenn where I worked at the intersection of tech and positive psychology.

My work has been featured in SF Chronicle, SD Tribune, NBC, ABC, Live Happy, and more. 

I hope you join me on this journey to find the wisdom and skill of parents.


Zack Prager, MAPP 

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