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A Modern Dinner Party

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Are you free for supper

Next Sunday night at 9?

We're having some folks over

And hope you'll come and dine!

Just let us know if you might

Be allergic to

Crusty, fresh-baked baguettes,

Champagne or French beef stew.

You know, I went to chef school

And earned a Mich'lin star,

But not to worry; I know

How diners these days are!

So, if...Read more

Americans are hungry for sickening stories of innocence violated

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

A Springfield, Ohio, man spotted a van -- guess what color -- that he thought was trying to kidnap a girl, and he ran off to chase it in the most modern of ways: livestreaming the whole thing on Facebook. The van got away, but the man posted the video, which went locally viral.

Here we must commend Springfield's WHIO TV 7 for checking to see if...Read more

Making it legal to let kids play outside

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

America may be divided along partisan lines when it comes to everything from walls to wars, but in Colorado, two state representatives -- one Democrat, one Republican -- are co-sponsoring their first bill together. It guarantees that kids can enjoy some independence -- walk to school, play outside, etc. -- without it being mistaken for neglect. ...Read more

The real threat is to our country is dissolving into distrust

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

"Do we really need this?"

That's what a mom from Idaho wrote to me, forwarding a note from her local school district about a new security system it's installing: Raptor Technologies' visitor management system.

The note featured a video of how the system (basically a government ID scanner) works. It shows a mom arriving at her kid's school. She...Read more

A bruise is not always abuse

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

"Taking her to our own hospital was the single most harmful decision that we made for our baby."

So said a dad who worried he'd accidentally injured his newly adopted infant by rolling into her when they both dozed off. He took her to the hospital just to make sure she was fine. Turns out she had suffered a minor fracture that is common in ...Read more

How Grit and Grace Get Revealed

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

What does it take to become extraordinary?

Extraordinary circumstances? Gifts? Character?

Are many people extraordinarily something or other -- graceful, funny, wise, determined? And if so, do they all discover this, or does it take some enormous challenge to bring the "extraordinariness" out?

Maybe you have the answer. I don't. All I know ...Read more

Parents as Prison Guards

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

When people ask me what has been the biggest change in parenting in the last generation or two, I could say:

Smartphones.

Travel soccer for 9-year-olds.

Lunchables.

Or the incredible spike in allergies or the way parents are expected to look at their kids' grades online every day or all the really gross Halloween decorations out there. ...Read more

Kindergarten isn't fun anymore -- and that's a problem

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

Increased academic pressure and testing in kindergarten is bringing everyone to tears -- including the teachers.

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 ...Read more

The Top 10 Worst (and Best) Parenting Moments of 2019

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

It wasn't all bad ... But a lot of it was, so let's start with that:

HOPPIN' DOWN THE PAPER TRAIL

Hard-boiled lawyers made sure no kids could participate in the University of California, Berkeley's campus Easter egg hunt without parents first signing a waiver acknowledging the potential risk of "catastrophic injuries including paralysis...Read more

'Tis the season for Ho-Ho-Hoaxes

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

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 -- an incident captured on a video grainier than the moon landing -- has admitted this was a hoax.

Karol Sanchez's family is from Honduras, and The New York Times reports that they were thinking of moving back there -- something Karol...Read more

Will Santa Bring Lawn Darts?

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

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 -- toys that delighted many and, alas, maimed a few.

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 ...Read more

Don't fall for white-hot white van hysteria

Parents / Lenore Skanazy /

White van hysteria has hit a new high with the mayor of Baltimore warning his citizens to not even park 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.

Neither of these things is true, and when you examine them for half of a second, you can see they are...Read more

 

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