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, 18 Jan 2020 23:16:30 -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 7438e849a529f81f14aaf1fd1635403a Tornado Bunker for 01/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/20/tornado-bunker-93c3b Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On Christmas, my husband got a signed picture of Carson Wentz, the quarterback of his favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. He didn't get it from me.</p> <p>"Great," he said. "For the man cave."</p> <p>He caught my eye across the room and added the word "someday."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> 3aeb4fd2dc98e8c843ed27cd161ca7c8 Parents as Prison Guards for 01/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/20/parents-as-prison-guards Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When people ask me what has been the biggest change in parenting in the last generation or two, I could say: </p> <p>Smartphones.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> 9e8ecca5126664dc67720614872742dc Kindergarten Isn't Fun Anymore -- and That's a Problem for 01/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/01/20/kindergarten-isnt-fun-anymore-and-thats-a-problem Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Increased academic pressure and testing in kindergarten is bringing everyone to tears &#8212; including the teachers.</p> <p>When evolutionary psychologist Peter Gray wrote a piece for his Psychology Today blog about kindergarten teachers in Brookline, Massachusetts, protesting dwindling recess time and mandated 90-minute reading and writing blocks, he received a virtual cubby full of comments from kindergarten teachers across the country at just about the end of their jump ropes.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 02, 2020</p> c6aaa7e782b8352d5c2cfb44919dace8 The Top 10 Worst (and Best) Parenting Moments of 2019 for 12/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/19/the-top-10-worst-and-best-parenting-moments-of-2019 Thu, 26 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It wasn't <i>all</i> bad ... But a lot of it was, so let's start with that:</p> <p>HOPPIN' DOWN THE PAPER TRAIL <p>Updated: Thu Dec 26, 2019</p> 5bb111fc1aa058e1283875b86b1a571c Ho-Ho-Hoaxes for 12/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/19/ho-ho-hoaxes Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A 16-year-old girl abducted by four men in a car as she walked down a Bronx street with her mom on Monday night &#8212; an incident captured on a video grainier than the moon landing &#8212; has admitted this was a hoax.</p> <p>Karol Sanchez's family is from Honduras, and The New York Times reports that they were thinking of moving back there &#8212; something Karol Sanchez did not want to do. The Times also said that the girl mentioned something to the cops about her mom being "overprotective."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 19, 2019</p> 0fbb16e61bebf0a0f642d650a00ee4ef Will Santa Bring Lawn Darts? for 12/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/12/19/will-santa-bring-lawn-darts Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>What's that bare spot under the Christmas tree? It's a silent salute to the toys we've lost to regulations and lawsuits over the years &#8212; toys that delighted many and, alas, maimed a few.</p> <p>Toys like the bizarre Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kid that, one wag noted, always seemed to be high. That's because the '90s doll was built to munch whatever you could fit into its soft rubber mouth, which served as a portal to some kind of internal turbine that &#8212; significantly &#8212; did not come with an off switch. While you could deliberately feed it everything from a plastic french fry to a stick of chalk, it would also eat anything that got caught in its maw &#8212; including hair still on little girls' heads.</p> <p>And so, reported The Independent on Dec. 30, 1996, "three-year-old Carly Mize was left partly bald on Thursday ... " That was the end of that particular item from Mattel Inc.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> 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>