What’s this about?

If you’re a parent, you probably sometimes wonder if you’re doing it wrong. Like when your kid tries to light his sibling on fire and you think, geez, how did I raise such an, um, asshole? This newsletter uses science to answer your (sometimes literally) burning questions about challenging child behavior, what it means, and what to do about it.

Who are you?

I’ve been a science journalist for 15 years, covering new trends and controversies in science and medicine. I’m a contributing editor at Scientific American magazine and a faculty member in the Science, Health & Reporting Program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Since having kids a decade ago, I’ve been answering parenting questions with science, too. I was Slate’s first parenting advice columnist, and I regularly write about parenting (and science) for The New York Times and The Washington Post. My first book, How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-based Strategies for Better Parenting—From Tots to Teens, was published in July 2021. The book has been featured in Parents magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American, The New York Post, Boing Boing, The Toronto Star, The Guardian and the Financial Times. My work has also been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2020 and I won the 2019 Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine. To read more of my work, check out my website.

Why should I subscribe?

In my newsletters, I address questions and concerns about challenging kid behavior, run Q&As with experts on particular topics relevant to parenting, and address other gnarly parenting questions with science. I also host weekly discussion threads on parenting topics. My goal is to make your life as a parent easier, and to provide simple strategies that will keep you, and your kids, happy and healthy.

Can I submit a parenting question?

Absolutely! Please submit a question here.