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
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
"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
"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
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
When people ask me what has been the biggest change in parenting in the last generation or two, I could say:
Travel soccer for 9-year-olds.
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
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
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
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
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
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
What a horrible, horrible tragedy -- times two.
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 ...Read more