The Kids
The Kids

In Defense of Absurdly Early Bedtimes

I make my kids go to sleep by 7:30 p.m., without exception. They’re happier and might even be smarter and healthier because of it.

April 8 2016 4:04 PMDo Vegan Kids Get Enough Nutrition?What happens to children’s minds and bodies when parents cut out meat, dairy, and eggs. 
Feb. 1 2016 5:47 PMHow Scary Is Zika for Pregnant Women?It’s a lot less frightening when you know the facts.
Dec. 18 2015 5:15 PMHow to Raise Generous KidsAnd how to keep them from believing stereotypes about the less fortunate.
Nov. 5 2015 1:41 PMBackward ThinkingIgnore the latest study on car-seat safety. There’s no serious danger to kids in rear-facing seats.
Sept. 18 2015 7:06 PMDon’t Trust YourselfYour child’s life depends on whether her car seat is installed right—and you probably did it wrong. Leave it to the experts.
Aug. 21 2015 4:33 PMThe Facts of LiceSchools, camps, and parents tend to do all the wrong things when they believe a kid is infested.
July 2 2015 2:36 AMIt’s Fine for Kids to Play With Pretend GunsIn fact, it might be good for them.
May 4 2015 1:35 PMParents Can’t Handle the ToothMoms and dads blame teething for their infants’ sleeplessness, crying, fevers, and diarrhea. They’re missing the real cause.
March 10 2015 3:57 PM“Possibly the Worst Approach”In an effort to protect kids from food allergies, American parents have been doing the opposite.
Feb. 3 2015 2:41 PMNot 4 KidsHomeopathic cold and cough “medicines” for children don’t work. So don’t buy them.
Dec. 21 2014 9:29 PMEveryone Drink UpThis holiday season, there is no reason to pump and dump.
Nov. 12 2014 5:30 PMWhen Not to Go to the DoctorTaking a sick kid to the pediatrician’s office can sometimes do more harm than good.
May 16 2014 10:47 AMChildren LieParents should teach them not to. But the truth is fibbing is normal.
March 30 2014 9:45 PMTeaching ToleranceHow white parents should talk to their young kids about race.
Feb. 19 2014 3:27 PMThe Omega ShamDon’t bother with omega-3 supplements for your toddler. Feed her fish instead.
March 10 2016 5:26 AMHow to Handle an Anxious KidIf your child worries about everything, you can help—by first looking at yourself.
Jan. 22 2016 6:00 AMThere Has Been No Collapse of ParentingThe bossy style espoused by physician Leonard Sax may be bad for kids.
Dec. 4 2015 5:57 AMShould Your Kids Take Probiotics?Sure, there can be benefits to boosting the body’s good bacteria, but the choices are not obvious. Here’s what parents need to know.
Oct. 15 2015 4:57 PMSandboxes Are DisgustingThey can also be dangerous.
Sept. 4 2015 12:36 PMAs if Surgery Isn’t Scary Enough ...Now there are concerns that anesthesia can harm young children’s brains. Here’s what parents need to know. 
July 28 2015 4:40 PMCows vs. AlmondsWhich milk is best for toddlers?
May 22 2015 2:41 PMBe Very Afraid of TicksThe threat of tick-borne diseases is serious and growing. And you’re probably not doing enough to protect your family.
April 2 2015 2:29 PMThe End of the Nap WarsDoes your toddler fight you over daytime sleep? That might be because she doesn’t need it anymore.
Feb. 10 2015 7:10 PMDoes Breast-Feeding Protect My Baby From Measles?Answers for understandably freaked-out parents of unvaccinated infants.
Jan. 9 2015 10:56 AMLet Them Sled!Skittish cities are banning sledding in parks. Come on.
Nov. 25 2014 12:04 PMShe Takes After You!What to do when your kid starts swearing.
June 6 2014 1:17 PMInflated ThreatThe biggest danger to your kids this summer is not a bouncy house.
May 1 2014 11:47 PMThere’s Something About Helmets You Might Not KnowThey won’t protect your kids from concussions. 
March 4 2014 4:17 PMJust NoiseDespite what you've read, nothing suggests that sound machines are making your baby deaf.
Jan. 28 2014 11:41 PMOrganic ShmorganicConventional fruits and vegetables are perfectly healthy for kids.