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, 23 Sep 2019 04:05:13 -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 f900778d3c1e270925c2721bced67b34 Nifty Products at a Price You Can Afford for 09/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/19/nifty-products-at-a-price-you-can-afford Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With all the talk of a possible economic downturn, some companies are seeing a silver &#8212; even bitcoin &#8212; lining. Boldly, they are barreling ahead with a roster of recession-positive products including: </p> <p>The Samsonite Stick-Tote: Maybe you thought that once the luggage industry finally devised a rolling suitcase that doesn't tip over, its work was done. (Finally!) But that was before Samsonite unveiled its latest luggage triumph: the bag on a stick. Easily carried over the shoulder, the Stick-Tote makes travel a breeze &#8212; by plane, foot or boxcar. The simple tie-up bag unfolds into a handy workman's shirt &#8212; a must for any road warrior. The pocket is just right for any electronic or corn cob-based device. And the sturdy, all-wood stick can be used as a walking aid, weapon or potato-baking spear. The price is right, too: one chunk of ham.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> 742fc8d7e2e80652a70e4e7acbd2a6ae I'm Hummin' It for 09/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/19/im-hummin-it Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>BY LENORE SKENAZY</p> <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> 7fca5132071ce73b276057566cd95683 Always Helping Kids Isn't Always Helping Them for 09/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/19/always-helping-kids-isnt-always-helping-them Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My friend Michelle's preschool daughter has autism. Every morning Michelle brings her into school, where the staff takes the time to teach the kids with special needs how to get their boots off, how to stuff their mittens in their pockets, how to hang their coats on the pegs, etc., etc.</p> <p>Meanwhile, right across the hall, there are a bunch of second graders who do not have special needs. You might not realize that, however, because their PARENTS have brought them inside and are busy taking off their little boots, stuffing their mittens in their pockets and hanging their coats on the pegs for them while the kids stand there like lampposts. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> 1c3091acda78624bed127c96917aef21 Parents, Panic and Pixels for 08/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/19/parents-panic-and-pixels Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A recent piece on a popular parenting website warns that kids are at grave risk of being approached online by strangers. It quotes an anti-rape advocacy organization: "At any given moment ... there are 50,000 offenders attempting to have contact with children" online.</p> <p>The article then suggests that all parents channel their inner "helicopter" and watch their kids' every keystroke, right down to their texts.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> 7d86bb53ed7179f7c2301efffd26d989 Utah Parents Free to Raise Free-Range Kids for 08/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/19/utah-parents-free-to-raise-free-range-kids Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What does it feel like to be a parent in Utah, the first (and so far only) state to pass the free-range parenting law that states taking your eyes off your kids is not neglect? Pretty great, according to several parents interviewed. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Utah's law says that letting your kids play outside, walk to school, wait briefly in the car (under some circumstances) or come home with a latchkey is not neglect unless something else seriously bad is going on.</span> The bill passed both houses unanimously last year, and Gov. Gary Herbert signed it into law, saying: "We believe that parents know and love their children better than anybody. ... Responsible parents should be able to let kids be kids without constantly looking over their shoulders for approval."<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 328c2ab83ac272310bcb30ef59a6a045 Big Brother Comes to Camp for 08/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/19/big-brother-comes-to-camp Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sleep-away camps around the country have started using facial recognition techniques to identify campers in photos and dispatch these to their parents. The Washington Post recently wrote about the phenom, interviewing a dad whose phone rings about 10 times a day with pictures of his daughters at their camp. Thus, said Post reported, Papa gets to be part of the fun "whenever one of his girls is photographed enjoying their newfound independence, going water-skiing or making a new friend."</p> <p>The problem with this is the word "independence." Are you really independent if your parents are watching everything you do, from learning a new skill to making a friend? Basically, a "service" like this means one thing: We are telling kids they have no right to any privacy &#8212; like prisoners. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 088912c9a7c164dede043e86d3cfce4c Girl Killed by Garbage Truck, Coroner Blames Parents for 08/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/19/girl-killed-by-garbage-truck-coroner-blames-parents Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Carla Neems, a month shy of turning 7, was scootering home from school when she was hit by a garbage truck and killed.</p> <p>A two-year inquest was held, and last week, the coroner, Tim Scott, finally issued his report. He blamed the parents, saying it was "unacceptable" that the girl was allowed to get home without them. Apparently, every heart-wrenching child tragedy, no matter how unpredictable or rare, is the fault of a bad mom or dad.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 93dec9c5b105af7f1c84877de35045b0 Compassion, Not Contempt, for the Dad Who Lost His Twins for 08/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/19/compassion-not-contempt-for-the-dad-who-lost-his-twins Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Juan Rodriguez, a doting upstate New York dad, forgot his 1-year-old twins in the back seat when he went to work as a Bronx social worker last Friday. When he got back to his car at the end of the day, he realized his mistake and started screaming. They were dead. I'd like to scream now, too.</p> <p>That's because the state has not yet decided whether it will drop the charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child it has brought against Rodriguez. Meantime, the judge set the bail at $100,000 &#8212; as if Rodriguez is a risk to others, as if he hasn't suffered enough, as if this will teach the rest of us some sort of lesson.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> e957b2ce59fb6644a260e2d62b30acfd Why We're Talking About Tom Brady in the Off-Season for 07/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/19/why-were-talking-about-tom-brady-in-the-off-season Fri, 26 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Fact: We love talking about celebrities. Fact: We love judging parents. Fact: When you put the two together, it's like a giant peanut butter cup. Chocolate! Peanut butter! Mmm! </p> <p>Thus, it was not surprising to hear the "Good Morning America" crew reviewing and discussing a clip that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted of him jumping off a rocky cliff into the water on a Costa Rica vacation ... holding the hand of his 6-year-old daughter, who jumped with him. The "Today" crew did the same, and even came up with a name for the nonincident: the Brady Backlash. (Actually, they've probably used that ever since Deflategate.) Anyway, Google "Tom Brady cliff" and you will see so many journalists sucking their thumbs yours may spontaneously wrinkle in response. </p> <p>My take? <span class="column--highlighted-text">You must remember this: A cliff is just a cliff ...</span><p>Updated: Fri Jul 26, 2019</p> 9797de7d3346266033fe2304783741ea Does Dodgeball Really Corrupt Kids? for 07/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/19/does-dodgeball-really-corrupt-kids Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dodgeball miseducates kids into believing cruelty and domination are good &#8212; says a paper presented at an academic conference in Canada.</p> <p>The National Post quotes University of British Columbia professor Joy Butler saying, "As we consider the potential of physical education to empower students by engaging them in critical and democratic practices, we conclude that the hidden curriculum offered by dodgeball is antithetical to this project, even when it reflects the choices of the strongest and most agile students."</p> <p>OK, some of us may have written our very first high school newspaper opinion column about the awfulness of dodgeball, especially when played by giant, looming jock girls the gym teacher LOVED versus scrawny, glasses-wearing, underdog-empathizing budding writers.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 19, 2019</p> dfb218b776ee57902d70175b9404fa7a Zero Tolerance or Zero Grip on Reality? for 07/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/19/zero-tolerance-or-zero-grip-on-reality Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A Maryland eighth grader was suspended for three weeks and did not get to graduate with his class in June. This was his punishment for appearing in the background of a friend's video in which said friend held a disabled airsoft gun. The eighth grader also posed for a photo with the friend, who held him in a headlock with the fake gun pointing at his head. The picture was shared with 13 other friends on Snapchat.</p> <p>Are you silently giving thanks that social media didn't exist when you were a middle schooler? Me, too. The 14-year-old boy later admitted he was trying to look like a "badass."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> 8baaa2e57578d9b136210f01323801e2 From Prison to Pomp and Circumstance for 06/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/19/from-prison-to-pomp-and-circumstance Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Through the lens of Hunter College, we've been taking a look at some of the extraordinary students who just graduated college. Hunter College is a public university in New York City and one of the first colleges in America not just to admit women but to admit them without regard to race or religion. This week, we focus on rebirth &#8212; and Beverly Emers.</p> <p>Beverly is an older student. She grew up in the South Bronx, one of the poorest congressional districts in the nation, and dropped out of school in 9th grade. Drugs became her world &#8212; using and selling them. Even though she kept promising herself she'd stop, she found herself in and out of prison for years and ended up doing nine stints at Rikers, New York's notorious corrections complex.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> ea72be2ca2b7246f357378d0214c7577 Free-Range Does Not Mean Feral for 06/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/19/free-range-does-not-mean-feral Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Wow! What kind of crazy parent lets their 4-year-old run into the street, stay up all hours and curse like a sailor?</p> <p>Supposedly, me &#8212; according to yet another article (and video) of a supposedly "free-range family."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 21, 2019</p> 1fc91aa3e19359458ffdb07fe08a8ce3 Raising the Marriage Age for 06/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/19/raising-the-marriage-age Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This commencement season, I'm profiling a few extraordinary students who graduated from New York City's Hunter College. Hunter began almost 150 years ago as a teaching college for women. It was already ahead of its time, admitting African American and Jewish students. (And it admits men now, too).</p> <p>Today's grads show us the young people now ahead of our own time, like Safia Mahjebin.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> 277927f11c17a4e0e5136b091afd839b Fisher-Price: Unsafe at Any Speed? for 06/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/19/fisher-price-unsafe-at-any-speed Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>The recent recall of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play &#8212; a strange name for a device that was designed for babies to lie 'n nap &#8212; has parents outraged, even when they are on opposite sides of the issue.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> 8119eb2d8d71198cf1cf706ab5fc2186 Commencing a Truly Different Life for 05/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/19/commencing-a-truly-different-life Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We are in the midst of commencement season, and of course, every grad has a story. I attended Hunter College graduation in New York City this week &#8212; you may have seen that Hillary Clinton was the guest speaker &#8212; and Hunter President Jennifer Raab highlighted some stories that were so extraordinary they had the audience roaring with joy. </p> <p>I'd like to share a few over the coming weeks. More than any cookie-cutter commencement remarks, they show what it really means to follow your dreams, and they provide a snapshot of America's amazing urban public college students: what they have faced and what they can achieve. <p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p> 2a278a2323aa1723c2275d3799d33337 The One Place Kids Still Play Outside for 05/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/19/the-one-place-kids-still-play-outside-68742 Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most of us remember playing outside till the streetlights came on, but our kids can't because of (fill in the blank) crime, creeps, traffic, tennis lessons, homework, no one else outside, all of the above.</p> <p>Except at RV parks (and probably at regular campgrounds, too, but I haven't been to those). Park your camper, open the door and spill out the kids. They run around like it's the Sputnik era. But if they were "safe" back home, chances are they'd be inside &#8212; or, at best, supervised at soccer.<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> 90b8f83bee819d8186b6cb25662e2222 The Real Holiday Moms Need for 05/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/19/the-real-holiday-moms-need Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What we need is a holiday somewhere between Mother's Day and the Fourth of July. It would be a mashup that celebrates the right of moms to let their kid wait in the car while they run into the store for red, white and blue cupcakes. </p> <p>This would be a joyous way to reclaim a parental right that has been disappearing: the right to convenience. Somehow, moms &#8212; and dads, too, but moms do more childrearing &#8212; have been subtly and not-so-subtly informed that doing anything a slightly easier way is tantamount to neglect.<p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> 69375ef8b8c4725ad1edfd3492581848 Happy Worry Day, Mom! for 05/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/19/happy-worry-day-mom Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Happy Mother's Day! Which, if you are a mother, you know is a contradiction in terms.</p> <p>While mothers do indeed experience moments of great joy, the idea of an entire day free of heart-stopping fear about some aspect of the kids' health, happiness, choice of friends, music, video games, grades, attitude and/or desire to drive is pretty unthinkable.<p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> b310a64b2f921b9c40137de96b17d0a3 Does Fear Ring a Bell? for 05/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/19/does-fear-ring-a-bell Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you don't think you need an all-seeing doorbell, that's bad news for Amazon, which is selling one called Ring. So now the company is trying to recruit a reporter to make sure that stories of scary crimes (or noncrimes, such as "stranger alerts") get to you as fast and as often as possible. </p> <p>The goal is obvious: fear, fear, fear, fear, fear. Not only will you be grateful for your doorbell-cum-security detail (or hurry up and buy one), you also might no longer want to go outside, because now it seems so terrifying. Instead, you'll want everything delivered straight to your bunker ... er ... home.<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p>