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, 26 May 2018 08:03:47 -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 80e5b5b51ffa68942e1dcaad7961088d My, What Big Neuroses You Have! for 05/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/18/my-what-big-neuroses-you-have Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Little Red Riding Hood went into the woods to take a basket of bread and jam to her ailing grandmother. On her way there, she met a wolf, who asked where she was going, and when Little Red Riding Hood told him, the wolf replied, "Oh, my gosh, I haven't visited my grandmother in, like, a month!" Guiltily, he slunk off to gather some nuts for his vegan grandmother, who was delighted to see him and asked him why he was still single.</p> <p>On the way home, the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood ran into each other again and agreed: Visiting Grandma is something you should do.<p>Updated: Thu May 17, 2018</p> e8ea854efef592c4e172a2686e1127d6 Scaring Does Not Mean Caring for 05/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/18/scaring-does-not-mean-caring Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Provocateur Joey Salads, a comedian who doesn't seem to care about sowing paranoia, keeps making videos about extremely rare and unlikely crimes to "teach parents a lesson." That lesson is inevitably: Your children will be snatched the second you take your eyes off them.</p> <p>It doesn't seem to matter to him that he is reinforcing an idea that is already both rampant and untrue: Everyone is just waiting for the split-second opportunity to steal our kids.<p>Updated: Thu May 10, 2018</p> 01ae7ee32b4a96ccf18b1d3e540d2446 The Modern Baby for 05/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/18/the-modern-baby Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Babies haven't changed much in about a million years. But how we view and raise them? That's changing all the time and, in the process, changing us, says Janet Golden, a professor of history at Rutgers and author of the new book "Babies Made Us Modern: How Infants Brought America into the Twentieth Century."</p> <p>At the dawn of the 1900s, infant mortality was still so common that photographers routinely took pictures of babies in their coffins &#8212; eyes open &#8212; as keepsakes for the parents. It was only as mortality rates fell (and Kodak introduced its Brownie camera) that another kind of picture became popular: snapshots of babies very much alive, even giggly. That's when baby books &#8212; diaries for moms to fill in with baby's word, first tooth, etc. &#8212; started including a page where parents were told to paste a baby photo.<p>Updated: Thu May 03, 2018</p> 95d7b2582a68ad4f9fd66cd14cb41c8e Treating Tweens Like Toddlers for 04/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/18/treating-tweens-like-toddlers Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Why am I required to pick my kid up from school when she's fine walking home by herself?"</p> <p>That's a question I get a lot, and all I can say is: Because.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 26, 2018</p> ecca62a742fc9d3c4478b99293d5bf1c The Fashion Icons You Never Heard Of for 04/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/18/the-fashion-icons-you-never-heard-of Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Who are you wearing?" is a question Oscar contenders answer easily. Their designers are sometimes as famous as they are. But it wasn't always so. For instance, have you heard of Kiviette or Zelda Wynn Valdes?</p> <p>Neither had I until I got "The Hidden History of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th-Century Women Designers," edited by Nancy Deihl, director of the graduate program in costume studies at New York University. Each chapter focuses on a now-forgotten woman who, often behind the scenes, designed the clothing that changed the way America dressed.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018</p> 658b0ab01a9fe4684655b4e26731f161 Another Lesson in Fear for 04/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/18/another-lesson-in-fear Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here's how parents are being brainwashed into fear for their kids and contempt for their communities. Remember: This fear is new. Our parents weren't browbeaten into thinking that anytime a child opened the door and stepped outside, the parent was a negligent hussy and the kid was dead meat. But here's how Julie Chen, co-host of "The Talk," introduced Utah's new law regarding free-range parenting:</p> <p>"A new law has passed in Utah encouraging, quote, 'free-range parenting.' The law, which takes effect next month, specifies that it is not a crime for parents to allow kids who display maturity and good judgment to walk to school alone or play outside unsupervised. Lawmakers say the legislation was introduced to encourage more self-reliance among children. However, some critics fear the new legislation could put kids in harm's way. What do you think of this law?"<p>Updated: Thu Apr 12, 2018</p> c1dfcaf93138e933e187ef9485798a1d Mad Libs for the Office for 04/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/04/18/mad-libs-for-the-office Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You still have a job? Really? That's so strange.</p> <p>But these forms aren't. They're coming soon to a desk near you:<p>Updated: Thu Apr 05, 2018</p> 31e953eaac7f84f20ae3f570d7a904ce A Bad Bullying Bill for 03/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/03/18/a-bad-bullying-bill Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A state representative in Pennsylvania has proposed a bill that would fine the parents of "bullies" up to $750 and make them attend parenting classes.</p> <p>State Rep. Frank Burns, a Democrat, spent last year extracting anti-bullying pledges from every school in his district, which is outside Johnstown. While on what sounds like a rather bullying tour, he heard stories from bullied kids and decided to redouble his efforts.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2018</p> 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>