Raising a Skeptical Kid is the work of Ron Crouch, a clinical psychologist who specializes in child psychology. This website is a collection of some of Dr. Crouch’s tips, tools, and tricks for teaching critical thinking. He is currently working on a book of the same name and is also writing a children’s book series to help little critical thinkers sharpen their skills with fun adventure stories and mysteries.
Ronald Crouch Ph.D. is the recipient of the Harry S. Truman and Jack Kent Cook Fellowships. Over the course of his career “Dr. Ron,” as he is affectionately known, has worked with thousands of children and parents. Through ups and downs, joys and tragedies, breakthroughs and heartbreaks, he has been a wise counselor to parents and a caring friend for kids. His personal motto is “it’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”
For his son’s tenth birthday Dr. Ron wanted to write a him a special book. He wanted it to be something fun. Something adventurous. Something that he knew his boy would absolutely LOVE. But Dr. Ron also wanted it to be a book that shared a key lesson he learned in all his years working in psychology:
Everything comes down to how we think.
Thinking that is superstitious, biased, and wishful creates confusion in our lives. Thinking that is clear, critical, and skeptical leads us to know ourselves, and the world, better. The world has never been worse off as people become better critical thinkers, but the opposite is certainly true. The world we have now is proof.
That is why Dr. Ron’s first book “Beyond Belief: The Adventure Begins” helps children learn critical thinking skills through a fun adventure story.
Dr. Ron holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University. He completed a two-year postdoctorate fellowship in clinical child psychology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. He is licensed to practice psychology in multiple states, but currently practices in Europe, where he lives with his wife of 21 years and his little critical thinker, Denali. His motto as a writer is “it’s never too early to learn the important things.”