Lenore Skenazy from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:25:27 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Lenore Skenazy from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/lenore-skenazy-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy 96de20be4eb2c68467e58e4ec9793ec7 Scaring the Parents on Halloween for 10/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/18/scaring-the-parents-on-halloween Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Every year around Halloween, Patch, a network of news websites specializing in local coverage around the country, publishes maps that show where sex offenders live. Patch claims this is some kind of public service, even though a thorough study of 67,000 cases of child molestation found zero increase in sex crimes against children on Halloween. Zero.</p> <p>The vast majority of crimes against children are committed not by strangers but by people close to the kids. So "stranger danger" is actually pointing worried parents in the wrong direction.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 18, 2018</p> 4a4a7d3f1a365566d11839223b21074c Boo! You're Under Arrest! for 10/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/18/boo-youre-under-arrest Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You know what's scarier than a vampire who just ate a bag of pretzels?</p> <p>Some Halloween laws in Virginia. Below is a sample.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 11, 2018</p> a902e4bbdab9033e8a34ec768d711d25 We're Still All Shook Up About Elvis for 10/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/18/were-still-all-shook-up-about-elvis Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Elvis lives!</p> <p>Well, artistically, anyway. A new show about the last days of Elvis Presley is opening off-Broadway, the product of a TV producer obsessed with Elvis since childhood. "I watched all his movies, books, documentaries," says Mark Macias. "But I didn't really realize till my adulthood that all of these were flattering."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 04, 2018</p> 3b267b61af49fe177d1752e33d1afc93 Just Outside for 09/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/18/just-outside Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Giving mice a re-think: That's what I'm doing, having just watched an amazing new 3D film, "Backyard Wilderness," now playing hourly at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.</p> <p>It's hard &#8212; well, let's say a little hard-er &#8212; to hate the whiskered nibblers once you see what they're up against, including freezing, starving and staring down the family dog as it peers inquisitively into their mouse hole. Give it up for these mice! "Backyard Wilderness" is a movie that makes you thrilled to be connected to all the living things on Earth. You feel a kinship not just to rodents but to salamanders, frogs and even some bugs &#8212; heck, even to a dead deer.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 21, 2018</p> e7748c515c6598cbd60e701d91411fe5 Momniscience for 09/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/18/momniscience Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"I Put a GPS Tracker on My Child, and I'm Never Going Back" is the title of a piece on the popular mommy blog Pop Sugar. The mom says that this past summer, she sent her girls, 6 and 8, to a camp that took them on field trips. That's why she is SO GLAD she got them trackers. It allowed her to keep tabs from afar! </p> <p>But ... everything she says about why that's so important feels like Opposite Land to me:<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> 2cef604db95cc3b6fc33b86f6a689e84 The Prescription for a Smart Child for 09/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/18/the-prescription-for-a-smart-child Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Think back to how you spent lots of sweet time as a child and there you are, playing. The fact that our memories &#8212; and loyalties and maybe even our personalities &#8212; are formed while playing should hint at just how important it is. But because "play" is considered the opposite of "work," it simply hasn't gotten a lot of respect as an important activity.</p> <p>Until these past few weeks. Now, suddenly, playing is kale, sunshine and AP history all juiced together.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> 4dc32b1d23fe931b433303df650328ae We've Got Spirits for 08/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/18/weve-got-spirits Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Clay Routledge, author of the new book "Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World," was watching his university's football team play for the national championship on TV. There were about 20 of his friends in the room, when a girl of 9 or 10 twirled in. She pointed out that just because their team was ahead didn't mean they still couldn't lose.</p> <p>One of the men told the girl to leave, saying that if she came back, she would jinx the game.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2018</p> 3c8cc45dae44e31803ae7f87e037b084 Investigated for Letting Her Kid Walk the Dog for 08/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/18/investigated-for-letting-her-kid-walk-the-dog Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Corey Widen let her 8-year-old do the most normal, cheerful thing in the world &#8212; walk the dog around the block. After the girl returned home, the doorbell rang. It was the police.</p> <p>The cops had received a call about an unsupervised child and had to question the mom. After doing so, they quickly dropped the matter. But then the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services picked it up again &#8212; interrogating not just Widen but her kids, other family members and even her pediatrician.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 23, 2018</p> f1e41edf18d56c16a6559b2b810d79a2 Can a Non-Parent Give a Parent Advice? for 08/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/18/can-a-non-parent-give-a-parent-advice Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After a long day at Disneyland, Ann's brother and sister-in-law put their 5- and 6-year-olds to bed and let their "very, very cranky 8-year-old hang out and torture" everyone, recalls Ann (not her real name, for reasons that will become obvious).</p> <p>"I suggested they put the boy to bed, as well, to put him &#8212; and all of us &#8212; out of his misery. My brother went off on me with, 'Sis, until you have kids, do not tell me how to raise mine! You have no idea of the politics that exist with bedtimes and older versus younger children!' I said, 'If it's about politics, aren't you the president in this house?'"<p>Updated: Thu Aug 16, 2018</p> 8c38cb7a6a5df299236cd4a87f70ab98 The Next Big Thing (or Not) for 08/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/18/the-next-big-thing-or-not Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Trends are not something I would say I'm great at predicting. Years ago, when I was passing the Empire State Building, two tourists asked me whether I'd take their picture. "Sure," I said. One handed me a phone.</p> <p>"What the heck?" said I.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> 44409036c6988db7e49306bd98892168 The Kids Aren't All Right for 08/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/18/the-kids-arent-all-right-b9207 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Childhood anxiety is giving <i> us </i> anxiety. Nearly a third of American adolescents meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even among younger kids, anxiety is on the rise. But as my Let Grow co-founder, Boston College psychology professor Peter Gray, notes, crime rates are at a 50-year low, so it's not because the world has been getting scarier.</p> <p>It's because we have been getting more scared. The media make us believe there's a predator behind every pine tree. So we keep our kids closer than ever, meaning they rarely have the kind of free, unstructured, unsupervised time that serves as a pressure valve.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 02, 2018</p> a8c61abdac1d62d6b700bfc5e51443f5 Can't He Still Be Our Neighbor? for 07/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/18/cant-he-still-be-our-neighbor Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Mr. Rogers was the host of a half-hour of calm for kids from 1968 until 2001. On other channels you could find flying squirrels, falling pianos and grouches in garbage cans. But tune in to Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and you found a soft-spoken middle-aged guy in a cardigan who spent his days talking and sometimes singing with a worn-out sock puppet and some equally low-key, kindly neighbors.</p> <p>To many kids, including (I am now ashamed to say) me, it looked like the most boring place on earth. To others, a new documentary reveals, it was a haven, a hearth, free therapy, the spark of god and a warm, loving family all rolled into one. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 27, 2018</p> c1b97e770240516569c75da9818775ef Give Your Kids More Time to Just Play for 07/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/18/give-your-kids-more-time-to-just-play Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When the world's leaders gather at Davos, they talk about business, society and the future. This year, they took time to talk about a surprising economic priority:</p> <p>Free play!<p>Updated: Thu Jul 19, 2018</p> aaed653d7a6c2e2367efcd64c247f760 America Won't Win the World Cup Until We Ditch the Shoes for 07/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/18/america-wont-win-the-world-cup-until-we-ditch-the-shoes Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Why didn't the American men's soccer team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup?</p> <p>Simple: Kids in America grow up playing soccer in shoes.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> 9c1dc1b65f6fff45e8545486622ec1e4 How Helicopter Parents Get That Way for 07/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/18/how-helicopter-parents-get-that-way Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When you pick up a copy of Parents magazine, you expect to read information that is useful, not just crazy-making. But recently, a piece appeared on the magazine's website promising to tell readers how to lower their children's risk of getting sick at the pool.</p> <p>"The (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's) latest report came to some alarming conclusions about swimming-related disease outbreaks," it begins. "Here's what parents need to know going into pool season."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 05, 2018</p> 70c120a9d1439815bbb4e56c1523ec18 Kids Waiting in Cars Are Safer Than You Think for 06/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/18/kids-waiting-in-cars-are-safer-than-you-think Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Every couple of weeks, I get an email time-stamped 2 or 3 a.m. because the sender can't sleep. Here's one that came three weeks ago:</p> <p>"Dear Lenore: I am a special police officer in Washington, DC. I wake up (at) 4 am to work 6 am-6 pm and get home by 8 pm. No family at all. No support. Never been arrested or anything. Don't drink. Don't smoke. Don't date. Don't party. I literally have no life trying to be the best parent I can. My son is 2 and had fallen asleep after our second grocery store looking for rice milk. It was 7:50 pm and 65 degrees."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p> 4e7af344f2e1430297a6faea2c8ee2d3 Warning to Parents: You Are About to Do Something Very Dangerous for 06/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/18/warning-to-parents-you-are-about-to-do-something-very-dangerous Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're wondering why parenting seems so fraught, go to a store such as Target or Walmart and check out the baby items aisle. It is crammed with stuff that makes it seem as if your child is literally crawling to death's door unless you do or buy something IMMEDIATELY.</p> <p>Today I saw this ad from a company selling some new kind of diaper-changing contraption:<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> cb2616e9e3deb1cd58417d43c765231f (Really) Old-Fashioned Fun for 06/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/18/really-old-fashioned-fun Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What's as old as summer?</p> <p>These games. The good ones. Do your kids know them?<p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> 10471e96e880fc68dfadf4fc44d2448c The Sex Traffic Panic for 06/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/18/the-sex-traffic-panic Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Open up Facebook and be prepared to be accosted by fear. Moms across America are writing breathless accounts of how sex traffickers nearly snatched their children at Target/Ikea/the grocery.</p> <p>One such mom posted: "A man came up to us (at Sam's Club) and asked if the empty cart nearby was ours. ... He was an African American with a shaved head. ... It seemed like an innocent encounter." Innocent, that is, until the mom and kids headed to Walmart and saw the guy again. He was "feverishly texting on his phone but not taking his eye off my daughter," the mom wrote.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p> 097e59cc39f3414f7b30e2c321af644e America's Doctor for 05/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/18/americas-doctor Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At a duel, each man is allowed to choose a doctor to accompany him. At the most famous duel in American history &#8212; Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr, 1804 &#8212; both men chose Dr. Hosack.</p> <p>Um, who?<p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p>