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 Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:38:20 -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 f70499947509aac45beac2e04f538a26 The Human Phoenix for 03/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/18/the-human-phoenix Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"I always thought if I lost a child, I wouldn't be able to stop screaming," Liz Alderman, a suburban mom of three, told journalist Mark Miller. But then one of her children, Peter, age 25, was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and she found out what really happens, at least to her:</p> <p>"The reality is you can't keep screaming. Your throat closes up; you give yourself a headache. You have two choices: Either you kill yourself literally or figuratively, by crawling into bed and never getting out, or you put one foot in front of the other."<p>Updated: Thu Mar 22, 2018</p> 67e4502b13dbffe8f8c8f0b1981b7220 Spies and Dolls for 03/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/18/spies-and-dolls Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Today's dolls are not the dolls of yesteryear.</p> <p>A recent article in The New York Times noted that the My Friend Cayla doll "talks and responds to children's questions. ... But there's something else that Cayla might bring into homes as well: hackers and identity thieves."<p>Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018</p> 8287a3057b67f4254d4f54f69379e27e Dad Makes Kid Run in the Rain: Hero or Bully? for 03/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/18/dad-makes-kid-run-in-the-rain-hero-or-bully Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A father who made his 10-year-old son run to school in the rain after the boy was barred from the bus because of bullying made a video of the boy's trek and posted it on Facebook. Now he has become a pariah or a folk hero, depending on which comments you read.</p> <p>The dad, Bryan Thornhill of Roanoke, Virginia, provided live commentary on the video, which has been seen by more than 2 million people since he posted it on Facebook on March 1. He explains that he didn't want to drive his kid to school &#8212; thinking that would have turned the punishment into a reward. He thought that having the boy use his own legs made sense. For the record: Dad did not cause it to rain.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018</p> bd14427208120b6518bd5f57e2f78ecb Turning Tweens Into Tots for 03/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/18/turning-tweens-into-tots Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Dutifully documenting the end of human trust and common sense, I give you this note I received from a mom as fed up as I am with distrust and distortion:</p> <p>Dear Lenore: I love my Church, but I was really turned off by this new policy:<p>Updated: Fri Mar 02, 2018</p> 3fd25fb2e4bb65057294254a9584ad15 What German Parents Have That American Parents Crave for 02/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/18/what-german-parents-have-that-american-parents-crave Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children," by Sara Zaske, represents the latest in a series of books about other countries getting right what American parents get wrong.</p> <p>"Bringing Up Bebe" suggested we ignore our kids while smoking and having affairs (in not so many words). "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" said to burn our kids' stuffed animals if they don't practice enough piano (in not so many words). And the slightly more obscure book "The Danish Way of Parenting" told us to read our kids sad tales with dark endings (like every Scandinavian movie ever made). Remember, in the Hans Christian Andersen version, the Little Mermaid does not get the prince and is so heartbroken that she turns into sea foam.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 22, 2018</p> 7c57f501ec389891f60a0c2dd7efad62 Why Johnny Can't Jump for 02/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/18/why-johnny-cant-jump Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Uht-oh.</p> <p>A study in Ireland has found that kids are losing the agility and basic physical skills we used to take for granted &#8212; skills such as jumping, running, being able to catch a ball.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018</p> 27b969c5305bfe6493c0842b602dd3ee Death Be Out Loud for 02/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/02/18/death-be-out-loud Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What does it take to get 200 New Yorkers out on a cold winter night?</p> <p>Death.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 08, 2018</p> d304cf44f9bc4808868889b3e4a0a6a9 The Fakest of Fake News for 02/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/18/the-fakest-of-fake-news Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Dear News Media: Yesterday while jogging, I noticed a squirrel on my neighbor's lawn. I got to my driveway, and there he was again. I am positive he was plotting to bite my calf, leave me for dead and use my sneakers to make a vacation home. Please warn other citizens!"</p> <p>That's about the caliber of the Facebook posts by moms convinced their kids were almost sex trafficked from the grocery. It's bad enough that these are shared thousands of times, but must the news media treat them as anything other than attention-starved fantasies?<p>Updated: Thu Feb 01, 2018</p> 86e9d02218d19de36bba91caf1f0917e How Some Teens Turn Into Terrorists for 01/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/18/how-some-teens-turn-into-terrorists Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Dina Temple-Raston is NPR's globe-trotting terrorism gal. It blows? She goes. But after 10 years, she says, "it got a little wearing."</p> <p>I'll bet.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 25, 2018</p> dde9fc7a859d44db9a1c67199b3497ea Time to Stop Criminalizing Parents Whose Kids Play Outside for 01/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/18/time-to-stop-criminalizing-parents-whose-kids-play-outside Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Utah Legislature is reviewing a bill that would decriminalize the actions of responsible parents who let their kids walk or play outside.</p> <p>If the lawmakers there pass Senate Bill 65, parents who want to give their kids a smidgen of childhood freedom won't have to worry about a knock on the door from cops or child protective service workers second-guessing their decision to send the kids outside without a security detail.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 18, 2018</p> 1b58b46e6b72bb8c6e11748ed21312a3 The Student Anti-Anxiety Project That's Going Viral for 01/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/18/the-student-anti-anxiety-project-thats-going-viral Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's not your imagination. Kids are getting more anxious, depressed and hypersensitive.</p> <p>In Education Week, a teacher wrote, "Anxiety has become the most significant obstacle to learning among my adolescent students." They're skipping not only homework assignments but also school in general &#8212; weeks and weeks of it.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 11, 2018</p> 4dc5b4a5b1a52f728ee370f36759eea3 When Parents Can Know Everything About Their Kids for 01/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/18/when-parents-can-know-everything-about-their-kids Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Arkangel," an episode of the Netflix show "Black Mirror" directed by Jodie Foster, had me cheering &#8212; which is a little odd, seeing as it is an incredibly horrifying tale of what can happen when parents get what some think they want: the chance to watch what their children are doing every minute and shield them from all misery and harm.</p> <p>Sara is a little girl whose mom (played by Rosemarie DeWitt) implants an "Arkangel" chip in her, which allows Sara's mom, whenever she tunes in on her tablet, to see what Sara sees. The chip also allows parents to pixelate any disturbing things they do not want their kids to see, including violence, blood &#8212; even two people arguing. So when the girl's grandpa has a heart attack right in front of her, the girl can't see him; she sees only pixels. As the trailer for the episode ominously puts it, "the key to good parenting is control."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 04, 2018</p> e5dba727316396937a89a3be84d98a56 Resolutions for the Kids for 12/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/17/resolutions-for-the-kids Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Why is it always grown-ups who are supposed to go virtuous when January rolls around? This year, let's give some resolutions to the ones who really need to change (and sometimes need <i> a </i> change, too).</p> <p>&#8212;Baby resolutions:<p>Updated: Thu Dec 28, 2017</p> dba658a0f1bc58a43cf5c5c0276bcd10 We Wish You a Merry Christmas Carol for 12/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/17/we-wish-you-a-merry-christmas-carol Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Need some Xmas cheer? Start singing!</p> <p></p> <p><p>Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017</p> 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>