03/17/2014 04:24 pm ET Updated Mar 17, 2014

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Science Of Raising Children But Were Too Exhausted To Ask

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Parents: You know that dad at the park, the nice guy who sidles up to talk at the swings? He’s laid back, not one of those intense helicopter parents, and soon you’re shooting the breeze, talking idly about when your kid started to walk, or how many words he has. Cool Dad is nodding, and then suddenly he’s telling you about this weird thing he and his partner did that involved green tea and cloth diapers, and now their little guy is getting his postdoc at M.I.T., but hey, that’s awesome that your little Lysander can roll over already!

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