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 Sun, 08 Dec 2019 05:28:33 -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 30854b4123032482f4194f8a45699b2f White-Hot White Van Hysteria for 12/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/19/white-hot-white-van-hysteria Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>White van hysteria has hit a new high with the mayor of Baltimore warning his citizens to not even <i>park</i> near a white van. People in at least one of these vehicles, he said, are coming to sex-traffic young women and sell their body parts.</p> <p>Neither of these things is true, and when you examine them for half of a second, you can see they are pretty mutually exclusive. It's just a hairball of hysteria, mish-mashing all our fears into one back seat. This includes murder, trafficking, organ sales, vans, strangers and, of course, men.</p> <p>The mayor fell for the story the same way waves of Americans seem to be doing. When asked the source of his information by the skeptical WBAL reporter Vanessa Herring, he said, "It's all over Facebook."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> 33cab1a771d38a0fc37400843a3b732f When Tragedy Strikes, Blame the Mom for 11/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/19/when-tragedy-strikes-blame-the-mom Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What a horrible, horrible tragedy &#8212; times two.</p> <p>Jiterria Lightner and her three kids, ages 4, 3 and 2, were at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on their way home from a trip to Florida on Sept. 25. While Jiterria sat less than 15 feet away, trying to arrange a ride home, her kids were in a little space between the escalator and the stairs. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> 5f0026c8606bc617067bfa3549521d48 Don't Trust Anyone Under (or Over) 30 for 11/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/19/dont-trust-anyone-under-or-over-30 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Maybe it was always thus: The older you get, the more trust you develop.</p> <p>That's the most positive spin we can put on a new Pew Research Center study that shows young people are massively more cynical and distrusting than their elders are. For instance, nearly 3 out of 4 Americans under age 30 believe people "just look out for themselves" most of the time. And 6 in 10 say most people "can't be trusted." <p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> abd220b26db09965d906f41ee52ebdc9 Chew-broccla for 11/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/19/chew-broccla-9d98e Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"Hold on a second," my aunt said to my cousin, who was mid-story. She turned to stare at me. Silence fell over our dinner table. Then my aunt started to giggle.</p> <p>"You have to be the loudest chewer in the entire world."</p> <p>I was about 7 years old. And when I look back, this is the first memory I have of feeling truly mortified by someone's observation of me.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> e95e4e1649c64cd9b90bba08073cb835 Releasing Kids Into the Wild for 11/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/11/19/releasing-kids-into-the-wild Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>School is in full swing, which means that some lucky students are about to undergo an enormous, transformative experience. It does not involve a test.</p> <p>At least, not on paper.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> 7fa0db07df9e86ab22d8bc3fde766710 The Other Halloween Myth That Won't Die for 10/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/19/the-other-halloween-myth-that-wont-die Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Three people on the sex offense registry in Georgia are suing the Butts County Sheriff's Office for having deputies come to their homes and plant signs reading, "No trick-or-treat at this address! A community safety message from Butts County Sheriff Gary Long," on their lawns. This was not only trespassing, say the plaintiffs, but also a form of compelled speech.</p> <p>The signs also amount to fearmongering sanctioned &#8212; and spread &#8212; by the sheriff's office.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p> 33d7e34b3f368e2bf7285920efadeafa Get Your Fear Here! Fresh, Hot Fear! for 10/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/19/get-your-fear-here-fresh-hot-fear Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When an 8-year-old girl in Atlanta said she had been almost abducted at school by a man who grabbed her off the slide at recess &#8212; and his gun fell out of his pocket, and he aimed it at her and touched it to her nose, and he choked her, too, but ran off the minute the teacher blew the whistle to indicate recess was over &#8212; at least one veteran newsman thought, "Hmm."</p> <p>Bill Torpy, a columnist at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, immediately texted a friend that this tale sounded totally fabricated, "a figment" of the girl's imagination.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> e92a7a0379b5bcbef8d46e648ae6b6da When Is a Public Touch on the Arm or Waist a Sex Crime? for 10/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/19/when-is-a-public-touch-on-the-arm-or-waist-a-sex-crime Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last fall, in Manchester, England, an awkward 19-year-old male student touched a 17-year-old female classmate's arm on the street during the daytime. He later said he had wanted to make a friend.</p> <p>This rattled the young woman so much that she went to the police. Now the young man is facing possible jail time and could be placed on the sex offense registry.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> c62ad62beb950254711d606fca647ce9 Life Lessons From Lanyard for 10/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/19/life-lessons-from-lanyard Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm finally putting away the junk from the summer, and of course that includes an unfinished lanyard ... something or other. Is it a slightly too long keychain? Slightly too short necklace?</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Let's call it a memory aid. Because looking at it, I realize that everything I needed to know I learned in summer camp.</span><p>Updated: Fri Oct 11, 2019</p> 07c216297c50cee5faded73065df7329 Lost and Found: Kid Edition for 10/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/19/lost-and-found-kid-edition Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> Oh, dear, what can the matter be</i></p><i> <p>Oh, dear, what can the matter be?<p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> b024e10ab2231de009d16e762b35c4fc Bright Ideas for 09/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/19/bright-ideas-f5008 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"It's... bright."</p> <p>This is about the closest thing to a compliment that the new shutters on my house and the new color of the front door have received.</p> <p>Colorblindness runs in my family. I am not colorblind. I have what I believe to be a mild hue-blindness. The color wheel doesn't have as many options for me as it may for you. Where you see tiny squares of incremental differences, I see long rectangles of sameness. I once tried to use this fact as an excuse for my mediocre grade in a poetry class. My professor did not agree that this had any effect on my lackluster submissions &#8212; or my growing number of class absences.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p> 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>