Melinda Wenner Moyer
Melinda Wenner Moyer

Melinda Wenner Moyer is a science writer based in Cold Spring, New York, and is Slate’s science-based parenting columnist.

Family
Jan. 23 2019 5:55 AMHow to Make Kids Comfortable in Their Own BodiesThe constant pressure to be thin is a bigger health concern for children than obesity.
Family
Jan. 12 2019 5:50 AMIt’s Absurd to Claim That Smarter Babies Sleep Poorly at Night
Family
Nov. 16 2018 5:30 PMHow to Handle the Rising Tide of Hate in SchoolsWe shouldn’t give up on the boys in the viral Nazi-salute prom photo.
Family
Feb. 16 2018 5:32 PMNo, Lax Parenting Is Not to Blame for School ShootingsThe overwhelming evidence against a patently ridiculous pro-gun talking point.
Screen Time
Dec. 21 2017 2:45 PMDoes Too Much Screen Time Harm Kids’ Eyesight?
The Kids
Aug. 22 2017 5:55 AMGo Ahead, Heap Rewards on Your KidParents are told stickers and trinkets for good behavior will ruin their children—but the research is wildly misunderstood.
The Kids
July 17 2017 5:50 AMThink Again Before Letting Your Kid on a TrampolineParents have no idea how dangerous they are. Here’s what you need to know.
The Kids
June 19 2017 5:55 AMSwim Lessons Won’t Keep Your Toddler From DrowningIn fact, they could put your child at higher risk.
The Kids
March 14 2017 2:45 PMBeware the BabocushIt’s tempting to use trendy new products to get your fussy baby to sleep. Many of them can be downright dangerous.
The Kids
Jan. 24 2017 7:30 AMAre Young Kids Doing Too Much Homework?Kindergartners and first-graders are bringing home 30 minutes of assignments a night. There are a few problems with that.
The Kids
Nov. 23 2016 9:15 AMParenting Advice for the Trump EraMany moms and dads are nervous about the America their kids will grow up in. Here’s how to prepare them.
The Kids
July 29 2016 9:13 AMYou’re Not Brushing Your Toddler’s Teeth?Surprise—you should be. Many parents don’t realize how early oral care needs to start.
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.
Family
Jan. 16 2019 7:00 PMThe Boys Are WatchingMen who are offended by Gillette’s moralizing new ad don’t realize why we need its message now more than ever.
Family
Dec. 18 2018 5:18 PMBetter Not Pout, Better Not Cry?Why holidays bring out the worst in our kids—and how parents can keep the peace.
Family
Oct. 8 2018 6:27 PMEnding Sexual Violence by Raising Better BoysHow to teach even the youngest sons to respect girls and understand boundaries—and themselves.
Family
Feb. 6 2018 12:59 PMThe Tongue Tie ConundrumMore and more babies are receiving this controversial diagnosis, and parents are getting conflicting advice. Here’s how to navigate the confusion.
The Kids
Nov. 6 2017 5:55 AMSexism Starts in ChildhoodIt can also be stopped there. But only if parents push a stronger message than our culture does.
Science
Aug. 21 2017 6:46 PMGrandma Shivered, Dogs Barked, Totality ArrivedWhat it was like witnessing the eclipse with my family in a faraway desert.
The Kids
June 26 2017 5:48 AMThe Year of the TickThe little buggers are everywhere right now, and the risk of Lyme disease is high. Here’s how to protect your family.
The Kids
May 30 2017 9:01 AMWhen Sunshine and Milk Aren’t EnoughMany kids don’t get enough vitamin D, and that is not great for their little, growing bodies.
Science
Feb. 6 2017 12:09 PMKids’ TV Is Ignoring Climate ChangeShows like Nature Cat and Sid the Science Kid teach children everything about wildlife and the environment—with one glaring exception.
The Kids
Jan. 16 2017 5:55 AMNorovirus Is ComingAnd you can’t stave it off by guzzling grape juice.
The Kids
Aug. 22 2016 5:53 AMYes, You Eated Gogurt for Bekfast!Is repeating your toddler’s cute speech mistakes bad for her development?
The Kids
June 14 2016 9:30 AM“Aw—Mommy Will Make It Better”Are parents turning their kids into whiny weaklings by overconsoling them?
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.

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