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 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:10:08 -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 62b025e3821a98d163d2efea0fb7a90f Who's Scarier, the Sex Offender or the Judge? for 12/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/17/whos-scarier-the-sex-offender-or-the-judge Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It was more than two years ago when Zach Anderson of Elkhart, Indiana, met a girl on the app Hot or Not. He was 19; she said she was 17. They hooked up just over the border in Michigan and then went their separate ways.</p> <p>Problem was: She turned out to be only 14.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 14, 2017</p> 8abe625b6a87478b2a46cc6d9140b987 Lock the Kids Inside? for 12/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/17/lock-the-kids-inside Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Not supervising your kid is awesome right up until some psychopath kidnaps, rapes, and murders them. I want my son to develop fully, but he is gonna have to not die for that to happen."</p> <p>That was a reply someone sent to one of my tweets.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 07, 2017</p> 8afc04088a7bae6048e862e8e388fbde The Senses Census for 11/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/17/the-senses-census Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Birds do it; bees do it. But we don't.</p> <p>See exceptionally well, that is. When bees look at a flower, they see it almost as a neon sign pointing, "This way to the nectar!" The petals that look so pretty to us are dark to a bee, while the nectar-and-pollen gathering spot at the center is blazingly bright, like a target. Finding food becomes easy.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 30, 2017</p> bf4581c09269699e3afbe2690a0f2741 OMG, It's a Man! for 11/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/17/omg-its-a-man Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On the bus going across town the other day, my husband and I sat behind a girl of about 13. No one sat next to her, even though a couple of folks were standing. This reminded me of my long-ago trip to Turkey. At that time, men were not allowed to take an empty seat next to a woman.</p> <p>I don't know whether this was by law or custom, but the thinking seemed to be that men are too rude, easily excited and/or perverse to sit next to women. In other words, their entire gender is guilty, or at least gross, just by virtue of a Y chromosome. And I worry that that's the direction we're headed now, too.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 22, 2017</p> 141a3abdf26c30674a8fc7c4a80fca16 Always Helping Kids Isn't Helping Any Kids for 11/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/17/always-helping-kids-isnt-helping-any-kids Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Helicopter parents who hover over their kids are the most popular of punching bags. Remember the mom who sued her 4-year-old's $19,000-a-year preschool because the kid was spending time with the 2-year-olds and thus having her chances of getting into Harvard ruined?</p> <p>You might figure I'd join the chorus of shame, seeing as I founded Free-Range Kids, the movement dedicated to giving kids more freedom, and am now president of Let Grow, a new nonprofit whose aim is overthrowing overprotection.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 17, 2017</p> f21748b8b8a50deeb4a38846e6d9aab3 They Soared and Then Soured for 11/10/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/17/they-soared-and-then-soured Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the balloon retirement home all that cold, cold, wet day."</p> <p>"Please, no more poems, Cat," groaned Bullwinkle.</p> <p>"No hat tricks, either," begged Wonder Dog.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 10, 2017</p> 3931eafbafdb37f3db1ef7ddbefcc3f9 Oh, You Shouldn't Have! for 11/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/17/oh-you-shouldnt-have Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>November means December is around the corner, and December means it's time to buy presents.</p> <p>But not these.</p> <p>&#8212;For the kids:<p>Updated: Thu Nov 02, 2017</p> ce99085d5766147a69d222d418142005 The Holiday That Scares Adults for 10/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/17/the-holiday-that-scares-adults Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Trick or treat! Trick or treat! Give us something lethal to eat!"</p> <p>That's not the actual rhyme, but from all the warnings about Halloween, you just might think it was. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is still insisting that "a responsible adult should closely examine all treats."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 19, 2017</p> 430c60c0617f374fa3a7c728f3654f54 It's a Dog's Life (And I'm Envious) for 10/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/17/its-a-dogs-life-and-im-envious Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Pet owners, I know your animals are cherished members of the family. What they aren't, however, are neurotic 21st-century Americans. So why are we starting to treat them that way?</p> <p>For instance, there is flavored water for dogs these days, the options ranging from spearmint to peanut butter to parsley.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 12, 2017</p> f0b971c7b821542c5a5a1075b4a6416f Does China Have the Secret to Education? for 10/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/17/does-china-have-the-secret-to-education Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Four months after Lenora Chu and her family arrived in Shanghai from the U.S. in 2010, Shanghai high schoolers scored tops in the world in math, reading and science. America landed somewhere in the middle of the pack of about 70 countries.</p> <p>As a mom, a reporter and the American-born child of Chinese immigrants making a giant reverse commute, it seemed she'd come to the <i> real </i> land of opportunity.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 05, 2017</p> 263408be8ee47577b08a0207b45bf772 The Oy of Language for 09/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/17/the-oy-of-language Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I grew up talking like Nancy Drew. "Yuck!" I'd exclaim. "So?" "Oh, no!" Then I moved to New York after college, and suddenly I started talking like grandparents. "Feh!" I'd exclaim. "Blech!" "Oy!"</p> <p>Blame it on the bagels, on Brooklyn! Something in the air made me reclaim my Jewish heritage. Thank God, a little help I had:<p>Updated: Thu Sep 28, 2017</p> 829e8370dca5f2c3f55f478ea38d7c8f Rewriting the Single-Mom Story for 09/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/17/rewriting-the-single-mom-story Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When Emma Johnson was growing up, she was certain of one thing: She would never be a single mom.</p> <p>After all, she'd been raised by one. And though she appreciates her mom's hard work and how it paid off &#8212; "My brothers are really good guys; we all turned out OK" &#8212; bottom line: "It was dreadful," she says now. They were broke. So she left Illinois for New York City, became a journalist, found a great guy, got married, had the kids...<p>Updated: Thu Sep 21, 2017</p> 6110ed912186746449695c71d90294be Why Didn't YOU Think of This? for 09/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/17/why-didnt-you-think-of-this Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Every once in a while, someone comes up with a truly new idea for a product. The Pop-Tart. The Tesla. Twitter. (Use with care!)</p> <p>Usually, though, folks pressed to invent something spectacular just seem to take a pre-existing product and add a new vitamin, twist-off top or sprinkling of ever hotter nacho cheese. The truly desperate add lime.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 14, 2017</p> 8f4a02de97828e5ceb348586d0ec1632 The Great GMO Freakout for 09/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/17/the-great-gmo-freakout Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It all began when a neighbor of filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy's sent a text asking whether she could borrow some organic milk. Kennedy texted back, "You can borrow some milk, but I don't have organic."</p> <p>The friend politely declined, which set Kennedy to thinking. His family drank conventional milk. Did that make him a dad who didn't care about his kids' safety or the environment? That would be odd, because he was nominated for an Oscar for his film about a community garden.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 07, 2017</p> dee56296a4555cc508d30a715dac3574 Future Best-sellers for 08/31/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/17/future-best-sellers Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By now, summer is winding down, and so, probably, is that John Grisham book you started in June. Want to know what you'll be finishing in the summer of 2018?</p> <p>&#8212;"Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Cubicle Partner." Now in his 11th year at the Ministry of Magic, an increasingly pudgy Potter struggles with a Dementor-infested copying machine, ministrywide restrictions on personal e-owl and, most vexingly, his office mate Parvati Patil, who calls him "Hotty Potty" and is constantly climbing into his (ample) lap, only to giggle, slap him and fly back to her desk. Recommended only for those who loved "Harry Potter and the Help Desk of Doom."</p> <p>&#8212;"Grout." Forget passion and perseverance, writes professor turned plumber Angela Duckworth. If you want something to really succeed &#8212; and that something is your bathroom &#8212; grit is not going to do the trick.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 31, 2017</p> 9209dfae070b5a31a1406b5417943038 One Mom's Tale of a Son With Autism for 08/24/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/17/one-moms-tale-of-a-son-with-autism Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>New York mom Judith Newman was at the deli counter ordering cold cuts with her sons, Gus and Henry, twins in their early teens. One of them was hopping up and down, announcing to anyone and everyone that his father would soon be coming home from a trip and would land at JFK and then take "the A train from Howard Beach to West 4th and then change to the B or D to Broadway-Lafayette. He'll arrive at 77 Bleecker," at which point, the boy continued, "he and Mommy will do sex." And then the boy went back to explaining more about the train transfers.</p> <p>So begins Newman's book "To Siri With Love," an essay collection about raising two boys, one with autism, one without. I think you can guess which one was hopping and announcing the train schedule and which one whispered into his ear to add that little detail about what happens when Daddy gets home.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 24, 2017</p> 7a50c173e766e1e6ea5a1a67feaf2416 What's Old, Cheap and Memorable? for 08/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/17/whats-old-cheap-and-memorable Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Coca-Cola. I think we can all agree that's a pretty good brand name, right?</p> <p>Ever think about why?<p>Updated: Thu Aug 17, 2017</p> 6a986b711632dd9abc7462b168f6de46 'Kidnap' Adds To Parental Paranoia Pileup for 08/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/17/kidnap-adds-to-parental-paranoia-pileup Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you've seen the poster for Halle Berry's new movie &#8212; or heck, noticed its name, "Kidnap" &#8212; it will come as no surprise that a few minutes after Halle has taken her son to the park and gets distracted by a brief phone call, her child disappears. He has been <i> Taken. </i></p> <p>Oh, wait. Sorry &#8212; that's the Liam Neeson franchise. But anyway, yes, her child has disappeared in the blink of an eye, and a few frantic scenes later, Halle spies him being loaded into a car even older than my own. Incredible. How is it that child snatching is presented as such a lucrative business (according to the movie, kids go for $100,000 each), and yet the snatchers drive clunkers?<p>Updated: Fri Aug 11, 2017</p> de8302a16f37af01bc007f51e5b3c9de Gimme Swelter for 08/03/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/17/gimme-swelter Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's August, which means most of us are feeling not unlike a Hershey bar in a pizza oven. What a relief to get home, crank up the AC &#8212; and damn the world to ever steamier summers.</p> <p>Yes, this is a column about the downside of that delicious rush of arctic air when you step in from the summer inferno. And I write it not just because I'm the one who's always wearing a sweater and complaining about how cold it is in the office.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 03, 2017</p> ff2a57cb35ad7ef29d319978a13e39e2 A Friend in Need for 07/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/17/a-friend-in-need Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Friday was a normal day for my friend Barbie Levin, an occupational therapist. She went to the home of a brand-new patient, a baby who'd had a stroke in utero, was now age 1 and was still not crawling. One leg was too weak.</p> <p>As the mom watched, Barbie got down on the floor and placed the baby into crawling position. Then she asked the mom to go get the baby's favorite food &#8212; a veggie stick. As the baby tried to propel herself forward but couldn't, Barbie propped the weak leg up, and the baby managed a tiny scoot. Then Barbie had the mom do the same re-propping.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 27, 2017</p>