Comments on: Communicating Skepticism with Your Kids http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/25/communicating-skepticism-with-your-kids/ Sun, 09 Oct 2011 12:47:28 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.com/ By: JuliaM http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/25/communicating-skepticism-with-your-kids/#comment-14982 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 18:43:29 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2935#comment-14982 I love #4. It’s the message I want to convey when people think I’m arrogant for contradicting their beliefs. We’re all born with the same poor hardware. If I correct other people’s beliefs it’s only because I’ve struggled with the temptation to succumb to mine.

The way you’ve phrased it in this blog post is wonderful.

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By: Chris http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/25/communicating-skepticism-with-your-kids/#comment-14028 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:05:11 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2935#comment-14028 I was told by my parents that they bought the encyclopedia because I was always asking questions. Their standard reply to my questions then became “look it up!”

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By: Lou Doench http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/25/communicating-skepticism-with-your-kids/#comment-14021 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 04:26:21 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2935#comment-14021 on #3, I’m good with saying IDK, lets check the ipad. But I think there’s a balancing act there. If I do know the answer to a question, and Hellion #1 is a big questioner, I will answer it, but I do my best to be socratic about it, and then I do my best to answer enthusiasticly. I want my kids to pick up on how neat I find the real world, and how cool it it to know stuff about it.

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By: Arizona Writer (Kimberly Hosey) http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/25/communicating-skepticism-with-your-kids/#comment-13908 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 21:34:11 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2935#comment-13908 @Chris: And if you don’t know the answer reply with “That’s a good question! I don’t know. Let’s see if we can find the answer.”

Exactly! We do that all the time. Reference books, other people, even Wikipedia are huge around here. I’m totally OK with saying “I don’t know.” Even better, I have a kid who asks so many intriguing questions that I often don’t know. I guess maybe that means I’m doing #3, even if it’s a struggle.

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By: Julia http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/25/communicating-skepticism-with-your-kids/#comment-13781 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 15:36:56 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2935#comment-13781 I actually love #3. I think the meaning is not that you let the child guess the wrong answer but to show the child how to search out the answer (even if you already know it yourself).

I have to jump in to and say that for me part of being a skeptic includes also not “not believing in” stuff that can’t be proven like UFO’s, psychics, life in other dimensions or galaxies. I have never seen any evidence of it despite lots of attempted hoaxes, but I also leave room for the possibility of existence despite lack of observation. Much like Schroedinger’s Cat – all knowledge so far points to one outcome, but until we open the box we do not know for sure and must claim assumption as fact without observation.

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By: Chris http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/25/communicating-skepticism-with-your-kids/#comment-13776 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 05:36:16 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2935#comment-13776 And if you don’t know the answer reply with “That’s a good question! I don’t know. Let’s see if we can find the answer.”

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By: Arizona Writer (Kimberly Hosey) http://sciencebasedparenting.com/2011/07/25/communicating-skepticism-with-your-kids/#comment-13768 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:07:19 +0000 http://sciencebasedparenting.com/?p=2935#comment-13768 Really great list. I have a hell of a time with #3. Sure, create a questioner, but I want him to be correct, darn it!

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