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 Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:40:50 -0800 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 9ab71d8b35598fb92870b68419c2e967 'Home Alone' Revisited for 01/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/19/home-alone-revisited Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It sounds like a sweet, funny or at least ironic story &#8212; but it's not: Right before Christmas, two Muncie, Indiana, boys were home alone watching, yes, "Home Alone" after their mom had to leave for work and couldn't find a baby sitter.</p> <p>For this, she was thrown into jail on $10,000 bond.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 03, 2019</p> 15bff913cd16ba7cd87188f569cd5fee Inside Your Pet's (Literary) Brain for 12/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/18/inside-your-pets-literary-brain Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>This is the time of year when we think back on what we're thankful for &#8212; e.g., our beloved pets. But did you know that our beloved pets are thinking, too? Yup, and writing their thoughts &#8212; in verse:<p>Updated: Thu Dec 27, 2018</p> ba7a2b18f247511a8e244fb4a31f7b57 Kids as Prisoners for 12/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/18/kids-as-prisoners Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A company in Florida has started selling ankle bracelets &#8212; the electric kind felons wear on parole &#8212; to parents. The slogan on Tampa Bay Monitoring's website puts it bluntly: "When you need to keep track of your teenager at all times."</p> <p>Unlike the other GPS monitors parents are using, which track a kid's phone, this one is unditchable. The "bracelet" cannot be removed. Company owner Frank Kopczynski bragged to the Miami Herald that the monitor is so secure that most people, including "hardened criminals," who have tried to cut it off "have ended up in the ER."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 20, 2018</p> f1644bc1594d18df2da0b4b12f89e681 Carols to Wring Out 2018 for 12/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/18/carols-to-wring-out-2018 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's time to sing &#8212; or scream.</p> <p>Let's sing.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 13, 2018</p> 2a0cd13501fb71711ae4d8d585bc27fe When Nanny Runs on Batteries for 12/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/18/when-nanny-runs-on-batteries Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What does it take to raise a child? Parents? A village?</p> <p>Maybe a robot. There are a bunch of robot nannies rolling to a home near you (or maybe already in your own mudroom). Kuri is a roving robot that can help wake kids up and tell them stories, and of course, it can also monitor their every move, thanks to built-in cameras. Legion are the parents already using Alexa to sing their sweeties to sleep. And Siri is so popular one mom wrote a book, "To Siri, With Love."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 06, 2018</p> 27da0efd289b48ad7dcb0f97487be83c How to Raise a College Dropout for 11/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/18/how-to-raise-a-college-dropout Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Thirty percent of freshmen won't return for their sophomore year," reports a piece in The New York Times, "and the wheels can start to fall off as early as Thanksgiving. What can parents do?"</p> <p>Now, I don't think a college degree is the be-all and end-all. There are many &#8212; countless! &#8212; ways to succeed in life, and in fact, that aiming for a four-year degree can sometimes be the opposite of what is best for a young person and his or her prospects. Think of the time it costs. Think of the debt.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 30, 2018</p> ebadee4a37357bd9fd0a6893a045c920 The Gift That Keeps On Giving Love for 11/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/18/the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving-love Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When we say we're celebrating the holidays, what we're really celebrating is love.</p> <p>Years ago, meditating on this particular emotion, I put out a request: Tell me the most romantic but slightly strange thing anyone has ever done for you. I asked friends. I asked my newspaper readers. I even asked myself. And I realized the way my husband celebrated our anniversary &#8212; that is, by always buying me a pound of thinly sliced bologna &#8212; was sort of odd, too. But also very sweet.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 22, 2018</p> 32650f0ff485dc16913ba38d583b75fb Surveillance Parenting for 11/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/18/surveillance-parenting Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>After you bring that bouncing baby of yours home from the hospital, forget about hand-knit booties. Today's trendy tots are sporting the Smart Sock 2.</p> <p>This $299 sock contains sensors that track your baby's heart rate and blood oxygen level from your phone.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 15, 2018</p> 8a2d2231803a6f8bb4371cb71f3c89b4 About Those Halloween Horror Stories for 11/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/18/about-those-halloween-horror-stories Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Alas, no surprise here: A 5-year-old Galion, Ohio, boy who tested positive for methamphetamine after trick-or-treating was not given drug-laced candy by a stranger, the police now report. Instead, his father has been charged with possession of meth and drug tampering.</p> <p>The case was sad and suspicious from the start. The boy had barely eaten any of his candy, only chomping on some toy vampire teeth, when he started shaking. He told WBNS-TV, "And then I couldn't move my arm or my fingers."<p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p> e1bab43a09be2ed42db5420a79357c9e Day of the Dread for 10/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/18/day-of-the-dread Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Halloween really needs another name. How about "World's Dumbest Warnings Day"? Does that work for you? It will if you ever look at any tips on how to have a "safe" Halloween.</p> <p>One of my favorite warnings, from a Halloween supply site, tells parents, "Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 25, 2018</p> 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>