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, 27 May 2019 06:17:26 -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 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> 35ece07f58460f10ed30264cd299ffdc High Schoolers Can Handle This? for 04/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/19/high-schoolers-can-handle-this Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>High school seniors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, get to take a class that could well be banned on many college campuses: a political science course where speakers from the most radical groups &#8212; from neo-Nazis to die-hard communists &#8212; are invited to present their views and answer questions.</p> <p>Thomas Worthington High School has offered U.S. Political Thought and Radicalism, or "Poli-Rad," since 1975. That's the year when teacher Tom Molnar, now retired, came up with the idea for the class, got it approved and then realized there was no textbook on the topic. A student suggested Molnar invite guest speakers from across the political spectrum, and that's what he did. (It's notable that back then, the principal not only approved this idea but also called it "brilliant.") Now, the school's newer sister school, Worthington Kilbourne High School, offers the class, too.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> 183a0f30268fa6fda7b3609f8bcf0f44 The Easter Egg Hunt Fine Print for 04/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/19/the-easter-egg-hunt-fine-print Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the paper trail: Hard-boiled lawyers made sure no kids could participate in this year's University of California, Berkeley's campus Easter egg hunt without their parents' first signing a waiver.</p> <p>Before the tykes were ushered toward the roped-off grass, parents stood in line for up to half an hour to hand in the official form for the "25th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Learning Festival." (God forbid the kids just have fun.) According to the waiver, the undersigned agreed that <span class="column--highlighted-text">"Participation in The Activity carries with it certain risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries."</span> These risks ranged from "1) minor injuries, such as scratches, bruises and sprains" to "2) major injuries such as eye injury or loss of sight, joint or back injuries, heart attacks, and concussions to 3) catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p> a7a359aacd94644a98e94f6df3e0eb87 Scared Out of Our Minds for 04/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/19/scared-out-of-our-minds Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We can't know what was going through her mind, but Santana Adams of Milton, West Virginia, has been charged with falsely accusing a man of trying to kidnap her 5-year-old daughter at the mall.</p> <p>On April 1, Adams, 24, told the police that a stranger at the Old Navy store in Barboursville, West Virginia, "grabbed the child by the hair and attempted to pull her away." The girl then "dropped to the floor with the male still pulling her." As WSAZ reported, Adams told the cops she scared the man off by pulling a gun out of her purse. The man was later arrested in the mall's food court.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> c063b2d930b19b8a378ea05c38936252 Arbor Day Kicked to the Curb for 04/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/19/arbor-day-kicked-to-the-curb Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i>Editor's Note: We recently caught up with our old friend Arbor Day, who was sitting at a Greyhound bus station in Lincoln, Nebraska, drinking something out of a paper bag. At first, we weren't sure it was him. He looked like a Christmas tree dragged to the curb. But when we offered to buy him lunch (mulch and a ham sandwich), he brightened considerably. Here is what he had to say:</i></p> <p>Earth Day. Oh? Is today Earth Day? Whaddaya know. Ask me if I care. Who wants millions of celebrities fawning over you? "Oh Earth Day, I just LOVE what you've done for the planet!" Gimme a break. Earth Day is the perfect day if you want to go shopping at Whole Foods for a $20 nectarine from some local farm run by a goat. Then you call everyone up, they drive over in their Teslas, they all nibble tangerine slices and sip water that some coal-burning freighter dragged all the way from Fiji, and then they talk about where their kids are applying to college.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p> 3b0f3992e1cb769aa51f8f649df02f3b Helicopter Parenting Is Bad ... No, Good! No, Bad for 03/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/19/helicopter-parenting-is-bad-no-good-no-bad Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A recent New York Times article argued that helicopter parenting, unfortunately, is the best strategy for raising successful kids. The piece was provocatively titled, "The Bad News About Helicopter Parenting: It Works."</p> <p>But the article seemed to define helicopter parents as those who are neither total slackers, nor old-fashioned father-knows-best-so-shut-up-ers (so-called "authoritarian parents"). That leaves a lot of middle ground. How do helicopter parents operate, according to the piece?<p>Updated: Thu Mar 28, 2019</p> 4e7073d3b04e630a878f967f72d459c6 Do We Really Have to Play With Our Kids? for 03/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/19/do-we-really-have-to-play-with-our-kids Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When our kids were toddlers, my husband vowed he was going to write a book titled "How to Play With Your Kids Without Getting off the Couch." It would be filled with such games as "bus driver" ("Sit on the couch and say, 'Everybody on the bus!'") and "shoe store" ("Sit on the couch and say, 'I'd like to try on some shoes!'").</p> <p>Yet he, at least, goofed around with our boys. Me? Like Rebecca Onion, author of a great piece for Slate this month called "Playtime Is Over!", I dreaded everything from playing catch to pretending to be a dog (or both at the same time &#8212; arooooooo!).<p>Updated: Thu Mar 21, 2019</p> 551bf81591ce13f7faead7faefe1b2bd The Admissions Scandal Explained: Childhood As College Prep for 03/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/19/the-admissions-scandal-explained-childhood-as-college-prep Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Today's parents are stalked by the twin fears that their kids will be kidnapped, raped and eaten &#8212; or not get into Harvard.</p> <p>When either of those fears reaches a boiling point, parents do crazy things. I once got a letter from a 15-year-old whose parents wouldn't let him out of the house, even to walk to the school bus stop: "My dad says I could be 'abducted or killed.'" So while he was allowed to play video games at home, eat snacks and watch TV, he could not take a ball to the park. "I don't want my kids, if I ever even have kids, to live like me at all," he wrote.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 14, 2019</p> b5b38c318f03c86dda666295fe5c22f9 Making Childhood Legal for 03/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/19/making-childhood-legal Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Do kids have the right to go outside and play, ride their bikes and goof around on their own, without adult supervision?</p> <p>Not if their parents could get arrested or investigated for neglect.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 07, 2019</p> a14a5c70a2beaf9ce1a4ba79ee6d7dbb Bureaucrats Count Cuddling as Wasted Time at Day Care for 02/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/19/bureaucrats-count-cuddling-as-wasted-time-at-day-care Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A couple of weeks ago, an early childhood center in Washington state received some attention for tearing down a swing set so kids wouldn't be tempted to swing for more time than regulations permit.</p> <p>Oh, please &#8212; that school misinterpreted the state's new early childhood mandates, says Rachael Brown-Kendall, Quality Rating and Improvement System administrator in Washington's Department of Children, Youth, and Families.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 28, 2019</p> aacd974e7f23950e5f82226a0ea6776c Uber-Gullible: Was a Woman Nearly Sex Trafficked by Her Driver? for 02/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/19/uber-gullible-was-a-woman-nearly-sex-trafficked-by-her-driver Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When urban myths about stranger danger spread far and wide, we come to believe that the world is too dangerous to let our kids out into it. So this week's reality check is about a woman who got into an Uber at the Tampa International Airport and proceeded to write this harrowing Facebook account, shared a half-million times:</p> <p>"Last night I was picked up by an Uber. Same car, female driver. I MADE A MISTAKE. I got in before checking, as she opened the back door for me from her seat. She drove erratically and didn't speak. About 10 minutes in, my actual Uber called me asking where I was. My voice cracked, because in that instant I knew."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 21, 2019</p> 7ae8af611da2bbb01a8e2ef0b4d58da4 Free-Range Parenting Under Attack for 02/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/19/free-range-parenting-under-attack Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On the one hand &#8212; wow. Two professors are eagerly warning about the dangers of the movement I founded, free-range parenting. That's almost flattering!</p> <p>In a MarketWatch article based on their new book, "Love, Money & Parenting," Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti argue that their research shows that "intensive" parenting is correlated with success in school.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> cd579c57661dd2b1f43a0d2245380f53 The Irony of Overprotection for 02/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/19/the-irony-of-overprotection Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A British researcher knighted for his 30 years of work on childhood leukemia has come up with what sounds like an amazing breakthrough &#8212; and an amazing metaphor.</p> <p>For children to contract leukemia, scientist Mel Greaves has determined, two things need to happen. First, they have to have the genetic mutation that would trigger the disease. About 1 in 20 kids have that.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 07, 2019</p> ad3e070bdddde7a3f8024758de7540fa The Dark Place We've Grown Too Accustomed To for 01/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/19/the-dark-place-weve-grown-too-accustomed-to Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Professor Jonathan Haidt, co-author of "The Coddling of the American Mind" and one of the three people who joined me in founding Let Grow, tweeted last week, "Today, my 9 year old daughter walked to school by herself, for the first time. A half-mile, in NYC. She's been asking to do this for a long time; we worked up to it."</p> <p>He added, bless him, "This would not have happened if I had not met @FreeRangeKids 6 years ago. Thank you Lenore!"<p>Updated: Thu Jan 31, 2019</p> 80713a4ebc1e5880f99657e921f97516 Child in Car Seat Falls out of Moving Car. Jail the Mom? for 01/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/19/child-in-car-seat-falls-out-of-moving-car-jail-the-mom Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There but for the grace of God go I &#8212; and anyone who has ever used a car seat wrong. A Minnesota mom strapped her child into a car seat but somehow didn't manage to strap the seat to the car. Then, another misfortune: The car door opened, either because it wasn't slammed shut all the way or because somehow the child opened it. Result? As the mom drove, the car door opened, and the child, in her car seat, fell out.</p> <p>Another driver witnessed what happened and scooped up the child &#8212; who's fine, thank God. The mother turned around and came back in hysterics &#8212; and was slapped with child endangerment charges.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 24, 2019</p> abcf5f98c6a2ae96bd2cfff8dadf242e 4 Lessons From a Horrible Case for 01/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/19/4-lessons-from-a-horrible-case Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As most of us have heard, 13-year-old Jayme Closs of Barron County, Wisconsin, was kidnapped from her home after 21-year-old Jake Patterson allegedly broke in and shot her parents.</p> <p>She managed to escape, brave girl. But when something as horrifying as this happens, we are all so shocked, sad and angry that we wish there were some way to make sure nothing like this ever happens to anyone again.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 17, 2019</p> 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>