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 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:09:45 -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 430c60c0617f374fa3a7c728f3654f54 It's a Dog's Life (And I'm Envious) for 10/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/17/its-a-dogs-life-and-im-envious Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Pet owners, I know your animals are cherished members of the family. What they aren't, however, are neurotic 21st-century Americans. So why are we starting to treat them that way?</p> <p>For instance, there is flavored water for dogs these days, the options ranging from spearmint to peanut butter to parsley.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 12, 2017</p> f0b971c7b821542c5a5a1075b4a6416f Does China Have the Secret to Education? for 10/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/10/17/does-china-have-the-secret-to-education Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Four months after Lenora Chu and her family arrived in Shanghai from the U.S. in 2010, Shanghai high schoolers scored tops in the world in math, reading and science. America landed somewhere in the middle of the pack of about 70 countries.</p> <p>As a mom, a reporter and the American-born child of Chinese immigrants making a giant reverse commute, it seemed she'd come to the <i> real </i> land of opportunity.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 05, 2017</p> 263408be8ee47577b08a0207b45bf772 The Oy of Language for 09/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/17/the-oy-of-language Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I grew up talking like Nancy Drew. "Yuck!" I'd exclaim. "So?" "Oh, no!" Then I moved to New York after college, and suddenly I started talking like grandparents. "Feh!" I'd exclaim. "Blech!" "Oy!"</p> <p>Blame it on the bagels, on Brooklyn! Something in the air made me reclaim my Jewish heritage. Thank God, a little help I had:<p>Updated: Thu Sep 28, 2017</p> 829e8370dca5f2c3f55f478ea38d7c8f Rewriting the Single-Mom Story for 09/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/17/rewriting-the-single-mom-story Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When Emma Johnson was growing up, she was certain of one thing: She would never be a single mom.</p> <p>After all, she'd been raised by one. And though she appreciates her mom's hard work and how it paid off &#8212; "My brothers are really good guys; we all turned out OK" &#8212; bottom line: "It was dreadful," she says now. They were broke. So she left Illinois for New York City, became a journalist, found a great guy, got married, had the kids...<p>Updated: Thu Sep 21, 2017</p> 6110ed912186746449695c71d90294be Why Didn't YOU Think of This? for 09/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/17/why-didnt-you-think-of-this Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Every once in a while, someone comes up with a truly new idea for a product. The Pop-Tart. The Tesla. Twitter. (Use with care!)</p> <p>Usually, though, folks pressed to invent something spectacular just seem to take a pre-existing product and add a new vitamin, twist-off top or sprinkling of ever hotter nacho cheese. The truly desperate add lime.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 14, 2017</p> 8f4a02de97828e5ceb348586d0ec1632 The Great GMO Freakout for 09/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/09/17/the-great-gmo-freakout Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It all began when a neighbor of filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy's sent a text asking whether she could borrow some organic milk. Kennedy texted back, "You can borrow some milk, but I don't have organic."</p> <p>The friend politely declined, which set Kennedy to thinking. His family drank conventional milk. Did that make him a dad who didn't care about his kids' safety or the environment? That would be odd, because he was nominated for an Oscar for his film about a community garden.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 07, 2017</p> dee56296a4555cc508d30a715dac3574 Future Best-sellers for 08/31/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/17/future-best-sellers Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By now, summer is winding down, and so, probably, is that John Grisham book you started in June. Want to know what you'll be finishing in the summer of 2018?</p> <p>&#8212;"Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Cubicle Partner." Now in his 11th year at the Ministry of Magic, an increasingly pudgy Potter struggles with a Dementor-infested copying machine, ministrywide restrictions on personal e-owl and, most vexingly, his office mate Parvati Patil, who calls him "Hotty Potty" and is constantly climbing into his (ample) lap, only to giggle, slap him and fly back to her desk. Recommended only for those who loved "Harry Potter and the Help Desk of Doom."</p> <p>&#8212;"Grout." Forget passion and perseverance, writes professor turned plumber Angela Duckworth. If you want something to really succeed &#8212; and that something is your bathroom &#8212; grit is not going to do the trick.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 31, 2017</p> 9209dfae070b5a31a1406b5417943038 One Mom's Tale of a Son With Autism for 08/24/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/17/one-moms-tale-of-a-son-with-autism Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>New York mom Judith Newman was at the deli counter ordering cold cuts with her sons, Gus and Henry, twins in their early teens. One of them was hopping up and down, announcing to anyone and everyone that his father would soon be coming home from a trip and would land at JFK and then take "the A train from Howard Beach to West 4th and then change to the B or D to Broadway-Lafayette. He'll arrive at 77 Bleecker," at which point, the boy continued, "he and Mommy will do sex." And then the boy went back to explaining more about the train transfers.</p> <p>So begins Newman's book "To Siri With Love," an essay collection about raising two boys, one with autism, one without. I think you can guess which one was hopping and announcing the train schedule and which one whispered into his ear to add that little detail about what happens when Daddy gets home.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 24, 2017</p> 7a50c173e766e1e6ea5a1a67feaf2416 What's Old, Cheap and Memorable? for 08/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/08/17/whats-old-cheap-and-memorable Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Coca-Cola. I think we can all agree that's a pretty good brand name, right?</p> <p>Ever think about why?<p>Updated: Thu Aug 17, 2017</p> 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>