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Our passion is to get evidence-based advice about marriage, sex and parenting into the hands of Christians.

But that means that we have to use science well! In the last of our three podcasts with Joanna where we talk stats, we tackle a few more ways that research is often handled poorly, using the research around spanking as one example.

And then we bring on Wendy Snyder from Fresh Start Families to talk about how to use discipline that connects with your child!

Or, as always, you can watch on YouTube:


Timeline of the Podcast

0:10 Announcements
1:45 “But, I disagree!”
13:00 If you use the data, you have to use the conclusion
19:00 Not understanding math
24:15 Wendy Snyder joins to talk Gentle Parenting
48:45 RQ: My husband uses harsh punishment on our kids!

Main Segment: How We Can Misuse Research

Two weeks ago we gave a case study of how Josh Howerton misrepresented research and claimed it said things it didn’t say. We looked at how easy it is to jump to false conclusions. 

Today we’re looking at a few more ways we can misuse research, including:

1. Saying you “disagree” with a huge study

Your opinion does not trump a very large, well-conducted study. We talked about levels of evidence, with anecdotal data (like your personal experience) being lowest, and meta-analyses and controlled random blind trials being the best. Specifically we were referring to a kerfuffle over the huge meta-analysis about how spanking either has neutral or negative effects that many people were disagreeing with on social media.

2. Quoting the study data but ignoring the study’s conclusions–or omitting some of the data to slant it

We looked at how Emerson Eggerichs did this with Gottman’s work, and how Focus on the Family routinely does this with the results about divorce on kids

3. Misunderstanding basic math and probabilities

And we went through the math of Love & Respect!

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What is Gentle Parenting?

We then interviewed Wendy Snyder from Fresh Start Families, who has an amazing ministry teaching parents how to connect with your kids as you discipline. We’ll bring her back next week for a whole podcast to talk more about specific scenarios and how to manage them!

 

 

Wendy Snyder is a Positive Parenting Teacher & Family Coach, helping families parent with great purpose and intention by creating healthy, respectful & cooperative relationships. She is a Certified Parent Educator of Redirecting Children’s Behavior (RCB) and an advocate for families.

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Fresh Start Families

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I then tackled a reader question where a husband wants to use discipline techniques that are actually abusive. Please hear me on this: Protect your kids. This is not about submitting to your husband. This is like being an Esther when there is injustice being done and people are at risk, and stepping up. If that is unsafe to do, please call a domestic abuse hotline. But do not allow your children to be abused if you can help it.

Things Mentioned in This Podcast:

I then tackled a reader question where a husband wants to use discipline techniques that are actually abusive. Please hear me on this: Protect your kids. This is not about submitting to your husband. This is like being an Esther when there is injustice being done and people are at risk, and stepping up. If that is unsafe to do, please call a domestic abuse hotline. But do not allow your children to be abused if you can help it.

Things Mentioned in This Podcast:

 

Podcast on Misusing Statistics on Spanking

What do you think? Have you seen people misuse statistics like we’ve talked about? Are you a fan of gentle parenting? Let’s talk in the comments!

Sheila Wray Gregoire

Sheila Wray Gregoire

Founder of To Love, Honor and Vacuum

Sheila is determined to help Christians find BIBLICAL, HEALTHY, EVIDENCE-BASED help for their marriage. And in doing so, she's turning the evangelical world on its head, challenging many of the toxic teachings, especially in her newest book The Great Sex Rescue. She’s an award-winning author of 8 books and a sought-after speaker. With her humorous, no-nonsense approach, Sheila works with her husband Keith and daughter Rebecca to create podcasts and courses to help couples find true intimacy. Plus she knits. All the time. ENTJ, straight 8

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