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Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Attention readers: Lenore Skenazy is off this week. Please enjoy the following column by Bob Goldman.

It was a close call.

For a moment there, it looked like our COVID-19 crisis was clearing up and you would soon be going back to work at your actual workplace. It was a transition that would bring you many advantages, none of which you ...Read more

Principal versus mom: Who decides how kids get home?

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Jessie Thompson's kids, ages 9, 10 and 11, would like to walk home together, but Spann Elementary School in Summerville, South Carolina, won't let them leave without an adult.

When Thompson asked if she could sign some sort of waiver, the school said no. If an adult does not pick the kids up, they must take the bus -- even though it takes ...Read more

Why is it so hard to stop overprotecting kids?

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Why are today's kids allowed to do only a fraction of the things their parents did -- and loved? Less than 10% walk to school. Tree forts seem few. A 2018 study (albeit British) found kids play outside just half the time their parents did. What gives, and what is this doing to them?

Those are the mysteries examined in a documentary debuting Nov...Read more

Don't swallow this new Halloween fear

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Want your brain sucked out by zombies? Yahoo is happy to oblige. Its homepage today screams: "Beware of marijuana edibles in your kids' Halloween stash, police warn: 'Not everything is as it seems.'"

"Not everything" includes Yahoo parenting stories based on nothing more than fear and clickbait.

Do parents really have to worry about edibles in...Read more

Would you label this man a sex offender?

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Carol Nesteikis' son Adam is 33. He is developmentally disabled and lives in Illinois with Carol and her husband, both retired, who still have to remind him to brush his teeth and shower. He stopped wetting his bed at age 16. About 10 years ago, when a neighbor (who'd been molesting him) told him to pull down his pants in front of a girl, Adam ...Read more

A nap derails an adoption

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Let your child nap in the car on a cool day while you run into the hardware store and you might have to say goodbye to your dreams of adoption.

That's what happened to a Colorado couple we'll call Ted and Jen. (They wish to remain anonymous, but I examined their paperwork.) Last spring, Ted's 3-year-old fell asleep on his way to Ace Hardware. ...Read more

Cardboard plus COVID-19 plus creativity is making this Halloween different

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Boo? Yes. Boo-hoo? Maybe not. This Halloween is going to be weird, indubitably. But that's just making a whole lot of folks think a little harder about how to make it work.

"I've been watching people kind of tossing out what they thought worked in the past. It's unleashed a whole lot of creativity," says Debra Ross, publisher and CEO of Kids ...Read more

Pregnancy policing the latest way to shame and blame moms

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should completely avoid caffeine, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal -- and immediately picked apart by skeptics sick of women being warned that almost everything they do other than sip wheatgrass smoothies is a risk to their kids.

"I don't think we need to worry about ...Read more

The toddler toddled off; the mom ended up in handcuffs

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Vanessa Peoples was at a family picnic in Aurora, Colorado, when her toddler wandered off. She noticed him missing and ran after him, but not before a lady had scooped him up and dialed 911 to report a missing child -- and a bad mom.

By the time the fallout from this total nonevent was over, Peoples would be hog-tied by the cops in her own home...Read more

Pod regulations to stop parents in their tracks

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Pennsylvania parents thinking of starting a learning pod for their children should prepare to jump through some hoops. Then jump some more. And keep jumping.

The state Department of Human Services' Office of Child Development and Early Learning announced on Aug. 26 -- the day some schools were set to begin -- that families with kids attending ...Read more

Lazy cops entrap guys online instead of finding actual child rapists

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Want to save kids from rape and molestation? Me, too. Unfortunately, instead of going after actual sexual predators, some police officers have discovered that it's easier to just trick people. These cops go on adult dating sites, pose as grown women, find lonely guys, flirt and then claim they are actually underage. But the photos they send of "...Read more

Congress tries to regulate Halloween

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

On the one holiday of the year it's traditional to wear masks, Congress is nonetheless asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for coronavirus-era guidelines.

A bipartisan group of 30 lawmakers wonder what protocols mini ghosts, goblins, Trumps and Bidens should adhere to when -- and if -- they trick or treat. As The Hill reports:...Read more

It should not be standard operating procedure to strip-search little kids

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Good news, parents: If you let your kids wait in the car for less than 10 minutes on a cool day -- doors locked and fan on -- a caseworker and sheriff are actually not allowed to come to your home, threaten to take your children away and strip-search the kids.

These very basic rights were just vindicated the hard way: by a Kentucky mom in ...Read more

 

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