There are plenty of messages out today there that influence our perception of how best to bring up and communicate to our children.
Which one of those should we listen to? Maketing gurus, entrepreneurs, and the auntie-next-door can all sound extremely convincing when they dish out advice on parenting. Here’s our KiasuParents’ Guide to science, theories, myths and conventional wisdom on parenting.
First and foremost, here’s how we define the terminology :
According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, the definition of science is "knowledge attained through study or practice," or "knowledge covering general truths of the operation of general laws, esp. as obtained and tested through scientific method [and] concerned with the physical world."
However, this definition leaves much for argument. In fact, there are some who debate that some fields in science like social and behavioral sciences are unscientific. This will basically means that most of the things we will cover here are “unscientific”.
We here at Kiasuparents do not see ourselves as experts to determine what is or is not science. So we will leave it to the experts. To qualify for this label, the research will have to be carried out in a methodology approved by its scientific community and published by a scientific or academic journal of reputable standing.
Disclaimer: Scientific findings may sometime contradict each other. The strength of evidence may vary depending on what conclusion you want to draw out of it.
When use loosely, theories refers to an opinion or hypothesis. To qualify for this label, the theory needs to be published. Such theories may also be derive from study and practice and may be believe and practice by many. However theories here do not qualify as scientific as it had not been tested through scientific method as define by, well the scientific community. As yet, science has no conclusive evidence on whether it is true or untrue.
Things that are generally accepted to be true by you, me, the person you meet at a cocktail party or coffee shop. Conventional wisdom seems to make sense and may be supported by theories. As yet, science has no conclusive evidence on whether it is true or untrue.
Myths are opinion, old wives tales, theories that have been proven to be untrue by Science.