The Parenting Lab

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE PARENTS 

OF SUCCESSFUL, HAPPY CHILDREN?

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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:  I want to know more about raising curious kids, creative kids, kind kids, & happy kids. 

Curious Kids:  I'm learning from parents that raised or are raising a child that is academically bright.  

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? 

Kind Kids:  I'm learning from parents that have raised empathetic little ones. 

A few of the questions I have for these parents:

  • What do you do when you see your kid acting kindly? 

  • What do you do when they disregard someone's feelings? 

  • How to support a child dealing with unkind kids and adults?

  • How do you introduce them to volunteering?  How do you explain it to them? 

Creative Kids:  I'm learning from parents that have raised or are creatives. 

A few of the questions I have for these parents:

  • How do introduce kids to creative activities? 

  • How do you support them?  

  • How do you know when to seek professional support in their creative endeavors? 

  • What do you think about the new mediums like TikTok, Instagram, and Youtube? 

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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