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

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 written for parents who want to raise honest, kind, generous, confident, independent, and resilient kids — kids who just might save the world one day.

“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

“I can’t think of a more important life lesson than ‘don’t be an asshole.’ Unfortunately, many kids don’t learn it—because many parents fail to teach it. Thanks to this book, they no longer have an excuse. It’s a smart, engaging, honest, and surprisingly useful read about how to nurture decency and generosity.”

Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again

“Most parents say we want our children to be kind, compassionate people. Yet everything in the culture urges us to teach something else. . . Melinda Wenner Moyer weaves cutting edge science with accessible stories and actionable tips to help us rebalance those crucial scales, to be the parents we know we can be—and, truly, to raise children who aren’t assholes.”

Peggy Orenstein, author of Girls & Sex and Boys & Sex

How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes

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Fact Checking: What You Need To Know

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The cautionary tales abound of authors whose books came out only to be vilified in the press for errors. Even the most conscientious author can make mistakes or forget to doubly confirm a key piece of information, so that’s why fact-checking becomes so important for nonfiction books. But what can you expect in working with a fact-checker, and what do you do if your publisher isn’t offering you one. Come to this panel to learn how the fact-checking process works, how to help it run smoothly, and whether and how to hire an independent fact-check if your publisher isn’t using one.

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“...only 26 percent of youth aged 14 to 18 agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘I feel hopeful about the future.’” The kids really aren’t all right. ICYMI, my first piece for @undarkmag:…

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