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 asshole? This newsletter uses science to answer your (sometimes literally) burning questions about obnoxious child behavior, what it means, and what to do about it.

Who are you?

I’m a journalist who answers parenting questions using science. I was Slate’s first parenting advice columnist, and now I’m a contributing editor at Scientific American magazine and a regular contributor to The New York Times. My first book, How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes: Science-based Strategies for Better Parenting—From Tots to Teens, will be published in July 2021 (pre-order it now on Indiebound or Amazon!). My work has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2020 and I won the 2019 Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine. In addition to writing about parenting, I sometimes also write about biology, immunology, neuroscience, and medicine. To read more of my work, check out my website.

Why should I subscribe?

In every newsletter, I’ll either address a question about challenging kid behavior, or I will share a Q&A with an author of a new research-based parenting book. 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.