Melinda Wenner Moyer
Melinda Wenner Moyer

Melinda Wenner Moyer is a science writer based in Cold Spring, New York, and is Slate’s parenting advice columnist. Follow her on Twitter.

The Kids
May 10 2016 5:45 AMIn Defense of Absurdly Early BedtimesI 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.
Doublex
April 1 2016 5:58 AMWake Up and Smell the CoffeeDon’t be fooled by the scary reports that drinking caffeine before conception causes miscarriages.
The Kids
Feb. 1 2016 5:47 PMHow Scary Is Zika for Pregnant Women?It’s a lot less frightening when you know the facts.
The Kids
Dec. 18 2015 5:15 PMHow to Raise Generous KidsAnd how to keep them from believing stereotypes about the less fortunate.
The Kids
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.
The XX Factor
Sept. 25 2015 8:59 PMWelch’s and Annie's Fruit Snacks Are Basically Candy. Don’t Believe the Marketing.
The Kids
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. 
The Kids
July 28 2015 4:40 PMCows vs. AlmondsWhich milk is best for toddlers?
The XX Factor
June 12 2015 9:11 PMWe Have No Idea if C-Sections Lead to Chronic Diseases in Kids, but Thanks for the Guilt Trip
The Kids
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.
The Kids
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.
The Kids
Feb. 3 2015 2:41 PMNot 4 KidsHomeopathic cold and cough “medicines” for children don’t work. So don’t buy them.
The Kids
Dec. 21 2014 9:29 PMEveryone Drink UpThis holiday season, there is no reason to pump and dump.
The Kids
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.
The Kids
June 6 2014 1:17 PMInflated ThreatThe biggest danger to your kids this summer is not a bouncy house.
The Kids
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. 
The Kids
March 10 2016 5:26 AMHow to Handle an Anxious KidIf your child worries about everything, you can help—by first looking at yourself.
The Kids
Jan. 22 2016 6:00 AMThere Has Been No Collapse of ParentingThe bossy style espoused by physician Leonard Sax may be bad for kids.
The 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.
The Kids
Oct. 15 2015 4:57 PMSandboxes Are DisgustingThey can also be dangerous.
The Kids
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.
The Kids
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.
The Kids
July 2 2015 2:36 AMIt’s Fine for Kids to Play With Pretend GunsIn fact, it might be good for them.
The Kids
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.
The Kids
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.
The Kids
Feb. 10 2015 7:10 PMDoes Breast-Feeding Protect My Baby From Measles?Answers for understandably freaked-out parents of unvaccinated infants.
The Kids
Jan. 9 2015 10:56 AMLet Them Sled!Skittish cities are banning sledding in parks. Come on.
The Kids
Nov. 25 2014 12:04 PMShe Takes After You!What to do when your kid starts swearing.
The XX Factor
Nov. 4 2014 12:07 PMLena Dunham Looked Inside Her Sister’s Vagina. That’s Not Sexual Abuse. It’s Childhood.
The Kids
May 16 2014 10:47 AMChildren LieParents should teach them not to. But the truth is fibbing is normal.

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