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, 18 Jul 2018 04:20:23 -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 aaed653d7a6c2e2367efcd64c247f760 America Won't Win the World Cup Until We Ditch the Shoes for 07/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/18/america-wont-win-the-world-cup-until-we-ditch-the-shoes Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Why didn't the American men's soccer team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup?</p> <p>Simple: Kids in America grow up playing soccer in shoes.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> 9c1dc1b65f6fff45e8545486622ec1e4 How Helicopter Parents Get That Way for 07/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/07/18/how-helicopter-parents-get-that-way Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When you pick up a copy of Parents magazine, you expect to read information that is useful, not just crazy-making. But recently, a piece appeared on the magazine's website promising to tell readers how to lower their children's risk of getting sick at the pool.</p> <p>"The (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's) latest report came to some alarming conclusions about swimming-related disease outbreaks," it begins. "Here's what parents need to know going into pool season."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 05, 2018</p> 70c120a9d1439815bbb4e56c1523ec18 Kids Waiting in Cars Are Safer Than You Think for 06/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/18/kids-waiting-in-cars-are-safer-than-you-think Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Every couple of weeks, I get an email time-stamped 2 or 3 a.m. because the sender can't sleep. Here's one that came three weeks ago:</p> <p>"Dear Lenore: I am a special police officer in Washington, DC. I wake up (at) 4 am to work 6 am-6 pm and get home by 8 pm. No family at all. No support. Never been arrested or anything. Don't drink. Don't smoke. Don't date. Don't party. I literally have no life trying to be the best parent I can. My son is 2 and had fallen asleep after our second grocery store looking for rice milk. It was 7:50 pm and 65 degrees."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p> 4e7af344f2e1430297a6faea2c8ee2d3 Warning to Parents: You Are About to Do Something Very Dangerous for 06/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/18/warning-to-parents-you-are-about-to-do-something-very-dangerous Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're wondering why parenting seems so fraught, go to a store such as Target or Walmart and check out the baby items aisle. It is crammed with stuff that makes it seem as if your child is literally crawling to death's door unless you do or buy something IMMEDIATELY.</p> <p>Today I saw this ad from a company selling some new kind of diaper-changing contraption:<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> cb2616e9e3deb1cd58417d43c765231f (Really) Old-Fashioned Fun for 06/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/18/really-old-fashioned-fun Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What's as old as summer?</p> <p>These games. The good ones. Do your kids know them?<p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> 10471e96e880fc68dfadf4fc44d2448c The Sex Traffic Panic for 06/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/06/18/the-sex-traffic-panic Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Open up Facebook and be prepared to be accosted by fear. Moms across America are writing breathless accounts of how sex traffickers nearly snatched their children at Target/Ikea/the grocery.</p> <p>One such mom posted: "A man came up to us (at Sam's Club) and asked if the empty cart nearby was ours. ... He was an African American with a shaved head. ... It seemed like an innocent encounter." Innocent, that is, until the mom and kids headed to Walmart and saw the guy again. He was "feverishly texting on his phone but not taking his eye off my daughter," the mom wrote.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p> 097e59cc39f3414f7b30e2c321af644e America's Doctor for 05/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/lenore-skenazy/05/18/americas-doctor Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At a duel, each man is allowed to choose a doctor to accompany him. At the most famous duel in American history &#8212; Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr, 1804 &#8212; both men chose Dr. Hosack.</p> <p>Um, who?<p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p> 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>