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 Aug 2017 15:46:26 -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 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> f84316bf9d3f3a36162c846dc4ee3ba7 Summer's Licks for 07/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/17/summers-licks Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Cold, delicious and on a stick. Who do we have to thank for that combo?</p> <p>Well, if it weren't for Frank Epperson, we wouldn't have the Popsicle. And if it weren't for his kids, we'd be licking Epsicles, which sounds almost obscene. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 13, 2017</p> 1d0e634fd4ff9fac4c134a187a6289cd Lego My Mom! for 07/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/17/lego-my-mom Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>An upstate New York mom has been arrested for an unspeakable crime. She allowed her 10-year-old child to shop alone at the Lego Store in the local mall while she shopped in a different store.</p> <p>The horror.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 06, 2017</p> 268e6568f3b77cbc423a02153363b647 The Streets Belong to Us All for 06/29/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/17/the-streets-belong-to-us-all Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What if you could rent a place to store a giant pile of your stuff free?</p> <p>The bad news is: You can. If you own a car, you can park it on the street in many neighborhoods without paying a cent.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 29, 2017</p> 427383350787012e780510ba83dcb0f2 A Nation Obsessed With Ticketing Moms for 06/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/17/a-nation-obsessed-with-ticketing-moms Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A Nebraska woman taking her niece out of the SUV recently was shocked when the wind blew the door shut, locking her keys and the child inside. The aunt, the girl's mom and two other relatives frantically tried to get the door open using a hanger and screwdriver, and when they couldn't, they called 911. The cops arrived, broke the window and got the child out, safe and sound.</p> <p>Then they ticketed the mom on suspicion of child abuse by neglect.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 22, 2017</p> e8fd436094170e525e37eb14e0a52820 He Flunked 1st Grade -- and Now Look for 06/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/17/he-flunked-1st-grade-and-now-look Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This is for all the parents worried that their kids are cutting class, underachieving, spending all day playing video games &#8212; and for all the kids doing just that.</p> <p>Dominick Vandenberge was raised in the Bronx. He was forced to repeat first grade, so he already felt like a failure at age 6. He hated everything to do with school.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 15, 2017</p> de7621851e179d0a78fe7ccbe0b5398e As You Commence Middle Age... for 06/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/17/as-you-commence-middle-age Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Why is it that commencement speeches are given only to college graduates? What about folks commencing an even more momentous part of their lives &#8212; middle age? We could tell them something like this:</p> <p><p>Updated: Thu Jun 08, 2017</p> 7401729ce7d2f69705a5aae8093df084 Summer Used to Mean Free Time for 06/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/17/summer-used-to-mean-free-time Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>About 15 years ago, friends whose kids went to the same preschool as ours invited us to visit the upstate bungalow colony where they spend their summers.</p> <p>"Great!" we said. "But &#8212; what's a bungalow colony?"<p>Updated: Thu Jun 01, 2017</p> 9b1fd8481ded1e33d2431ca1b5257185 Taking Millennials' Pulse for 05/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/17/taking-millennials-pulse Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Do you know what a finsta is?</p> <p>Neither did I, because I am not between the ages of 13 and 34. Anyone 13 to 18 is part of Gen Z, and those ages 18 to 34 are the much-discussed millennials. Dan Coates studies them both. His company, Ypulse, is a youth marketing research firm based in New York, and lately some of its research has been on finstas.<p>Updated: Thu May 18, 2017</p> c3794ea7e11f4a5c509ef2cb683429f6 Dollar Dreams for 05/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/17/dollar-dreams Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some people live to pay retail. They love Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co. and (of course) Target. But give me a discount shop any day.</p> <p>And make it rock bottom.<p>Updated: Thu May 11, 2017</p> 7d4bea47ee7a7ac66c778d0c1d703c48 As American as Fashion Gets for 05/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/17/as-american-as-fashion-gets Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When you think about Native Americans and fashion, your first thought may be (or at least mine was) beads. Wait, no. Feathers! No &#8212; buckskin with fringe. What's more Native American than buckskin pants worn by some high-cheeked hunter about to shoot a deer?</p> <p>Well, how about a Louis Vuitton arrow quiver?<p>Updated: Thu May 04, 2017</p> 063cfde0f6ee60cb8ad4ee919a9700ca Is Bottled Water Worth It? for 04/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/17/is-bottled-water-worth-it Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Charming, handsome and homeless, the 25-year-old we'll call Bruce and I were eating dinner at the small Manhattan shelter where I volunteer once a month. We were both enjoying the pasta provided by another volunteer, but only one of us was drinking a $3 bottle of water.</p> <p>"What?!" I exclaimed when Bruce told me how much he'd paid for the bottle he'd bought earlier that day. "How can you possibly spend that much on water? How can anyone? Tap water is free!"<p>Updated: Thu Apr 27, 2017</p> 2b5a69cca30778f9f067bcb5f10438d5 Girls and Books for 04/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/17/girls-and-books Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're thinking of writing a best-seller, I've got one word of advice for you:</p> <p>Girl.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 20, 2017</p> 88e96d2a276ea643ac208efb64aa9b16 All Structure and No Play for 04/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/17/all-structure-and-no-play Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Every day after school and all day on weekends, kids run outside &#8212; to get in the car to get to their soccer league or ballet lesson or origami boot camp. It's all good, but here's what it isn't.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 13, 2017</p> 7df48237e498e68511b3b459a2b6c641 Let's Get Small for 04/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/17/lets-get-small Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Tourists come to New York to see the world in miniature &#8212; people from every country, ethnic food galore, diversity with a capital D. In my neighborhood alone, there are 167 languages spoken. (That would be the Jackson Heights section of Queens.)</p> <p>But the world is about to get even smaller, thanks to Gulliver's Gate, a mind-boggling scale model of the world set to open in May in Times Square. Up-to-the-second technology meets what feels like a very old-fashioned pastime &#8212; the fun of a dollhouse or model train. So even as you gawk at buildings the size of luggage, people the size of paper clips and hats the size of cake crumbs, the musty mashes up against the modern age and a photo of your face is projected onto the crashing water of Niagara Falls.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 06, 2017</p> 2d32bb1c4469bc0819775c23ba29c2f3 How Could You Live Without... for 03/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/17/how-could-you-live-without Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you've been wondering what to do with all that extra cash you're so sick of, I picked up some ideas at the Luxury Technology Show in Manhattan last week. Otherwise, you might not be aware of some must-haves such as the smart pillow.</p> <p>Now, a truly smart pillow would have a mallet that knocked you over the head every time you couldn't sleep. (Well, every time you were in bed and couldn't sleep. You wouldn't want the pillow/mallet chasing you around the apartment.) <p>Updated: Thu Mar 30, 2017</p> a760b82f2bade3980fb0c65bc75a6e68 Your Baby, Decoded for 03/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/17/your-baby-decoded Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Congratulations, you're going to have a baby! Would you like to know if, 50 years or so down the line, he or she might develop colon cancer? </p> <p>And by the way, the baby may also have a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer's. Would you like to know about that, too? How about the odds of acne? <p>Updated: Thu Mar 23, 2017</p> c9385e11f74d5dd840ecbef41cfc6594 Playboy's Old Age for 03/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/17/playboys-old-age Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Playboy magazine used to be the illicit thrill that men of all ages hid in their sock drawers.</p> <p>Now it's more like the socks. Even though the magazine recently decided to add naked ladies back into the mix (having temporarily dropped them), it's still hard to get excited by Playboy anymore. But it's also hard to imagine we would ever be as blas&#233; as we are today about sex &#8212; and even women's lib &#8212; if it weren't for Hugh Hefner and his crazy 1953 creation.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 16, 2017</p>