Melinda Wenner Moyer is a journalist who covers parenting, science and medicine.

Melinda Wenner Moyer

Melinda Wenner Moyer is a journalist who covers parenting, science and medicine.

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How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes

Science-based Strategies for Better Parenting—From Tots to Teens

“Amid Trump, #MeToo and rising hate crime, science writer Melinda Wenner Moyer decided it was time to learn how to stop her kids becoming ‘assholes’. Her research became an unusual, much-needed parenting book.”

The Guardian

How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes is a deeply researched evidence-based primer that provides a fresh and often surprising perspective on parenting issues. It’s a clear, actionable, sometimes humorous (but always science-based) guide for parents on how to shape their kids into honest, kind, generous, confident, independent, and resilient people. . . who just might save the world one day.

Read excerpts of the book in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Parents magazine.

“It’s one thing to say you don’t want your kid to be an asshole. This book gives you data-driven, research-based tools to actually achieve it.”

Emily Oster, PhD, author of Cribsheet and Expecting Better

“A smart, engaging, honest, and surprisingly useful read about how to nurture decency and generosity.”

Adam Grant, author of Think Again

“Wenner Moyer crafts a winning guide for parents who wish to build a ‘better, fairer, stronger world.’ This delightful mix of strategy and humor shouldn’t be missed.”

– Publisher’s Weekly, Starred review

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How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes

Featured Articles


How To Raise Kids Who Won’t Be Racist

Open conversations about race and racism can make white children less prejudiced and can increase the self-esteem of children of color. Read more…


5 Ways to Keep Siblings From Fighting

Sometimes it seems as if the fighting will never end—who gets to use the iPad, who gets to sit in your lap, who gets the bigger slice of cake. A new book offers some research-backed ways to keep the peace. Read more…


Kids Are Experiencing Anxiety About A ‘Return to Normal’

If you, as a parent, have been experiencing anxiety about the “return to normal,” your kids are likely to be harboring similar feelings, perhaps even to a greater degree. Read more…


A Poison In the System: The Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault

Nearly one in four U.S. servicewomen reports being sexually assaulted in the military. Why has it been so difficult to change the culture? Read more…


Upcoming Events



Virtual Open Mind

The Open Mind is a community film and lecture series that brings together thought leaders in science and culture to present programs about mental health issues as a free public service to the community.  Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, these programs were held in-person at UCLA but are now presented on a virtual zoom platform,  attracting a national and international audience.

Psychiatrist and parenting expert Robin Berman, MD, will join Melinda Wenner Moyer in conversation about her new book How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes.


SAT,  NOV 13 / 8:30AM EST

University of Scouting Fall Conference – Highland Falls, NY

Award-winning science journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer, the author of the book How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes, will deliver the keynote lecture on raising kind kids at this fall training event for Scout leaders.

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