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The World is a Better Place Because a Boy Walks to School!

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

A Michigan story getting a lot of attention for reasons you can probably figure out on your own is headlined: "10-year-old Grosse Pointe Park boy walked to school every day for 4 years. He plans to keep the streak going"

Yup. Real headline, real kid, real indication of all sorts of rather depressing things about America. But first off, let's be...Read more

Don't Break up Families Over Drag Shows

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

Take your kids to a drag show, expect a knock at your door. It won't be the Village People. Government intervention is an option Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was mulling out loud last week when reporters asked whether he'd consider legally punishing parents who bring their kids to a place like Mr. Misster. That's the Dallas gay bar that held a "...Read more

Stopping for Cake is Not a Crime

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

It was, Nzinga Terrell-Brown hoped, the beginning of her dream of becoming a teacher. In 2018, when she got a job as a teacher's aide, her future looked bright. But a couple months in, she was fired -- and didn't know why. She got another teacher's aide job but was abruptly fired again.

What was going on?

As Scott Pham details in a thorough ...Read more

Letter to a Worried Grandma

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

A grandma wrote to say she'd seen her daughter cutting up her granddaughters' meat at dinner -- and the kids are in middle and high school. Their mom also chooses their clothes. The kids get straight A's, but the grandma worries that they are being coddled into becoming imbeciles.

My response:

Grannie -- I am sorry to say that what you're ...Read more

Have We Got a Home for You!

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

Now that rents are ostensibly 25% higher than just a year ago, some home-hunters are complaining it's hard to find an affordable place to live.

Nonsense! Why, even in la-di-dah Manhattan, it's not hard to find an apartment these days. All you have to do is look! Gotham is chock-full of amazing finds, like --

--Unfurnished Manhattan Upper W. ...Read more

The Lost Milestones of Childhood

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

With the popularity of Netflix's "Old Enough," the Japanese show featuring kids age 2 to 6 running errands, parents here in America have been wondering what age their own kids can safely start doing the same.

Allow me to give my opinion, after 15 years of studying just this topic.

Obviously, every neighborhood -- and every child -- is ...Read more

My Local School Called Security on Me Because I Was Watching the Kids!

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood -- Queens, New York. I'm walking by one of the local elementary schools and slow down to watch the girls doing cartwheels at recess. Over and over, they practice -- proof that in free play, kids learn frustration tolerance and focus. That's why I'm such a fan.

I stop to watch another gaggle of kids ...Read more

Kindergarten Isn't Fun Anymore -- and That's a Problem

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

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

Pack It In, Parents

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

Got a mule handy? Great! Because I've been flipping through old parenting magazines I should throw out already, looking for valuable advice.

Instead, here's what I found: a list of items one article suggests you take along if you're traveling to, say, your brother-in-law's house for a long weekend with your baby:

--A portable crib

--A baby ...Read more

The Delusion of Our Day

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

What a pervert!

Tuesday afternoon a week ago, a woman in Arlington, Virginia, saw a man taking pictures of some children and just KNEW what she was witnessing: A creep on the prowl for kids with his camera. Disgusting.

Quickly she alerted a security guard and, according to a subsequent police report, told him she believed the man was ...Read more

American Kids Are 'Old Enough' for Errands, Too!

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

Two years and nine months. That's the age of the first child we watch going on an errand by himself in the new Netflix series, "Old Enough!"

How can someone that young possibly walk half a mile alongside a highway, cross a big street and navigate a supermarket?

Simple. He lives in Japan. In that country, parents proudly let their kids walk to ...Read more

Don't Let Summer Be a Bummer!

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

If you're a parent, it's time to think summer safety ... even though it's only spring. That's safety tip No. 1: Plan ahead!

Summer safety starts at home and sometimes doesn't leave it for days at a time because, face it, it's just not safe out there. Especially in the summer!

But you can outsmart that sizzling season with these helpful tips ...Read more

The Buzz on Mosquitoes

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

I guess it shouldn't come as a big surprise that the mosquito looms large in Native American mythology.

Sort of like the mosquito looming large in my bathroom right now.

I just climbed on the toilet to try to kill it, but of course, it zoomed straight down, practically begging me to lunge for it, break my ankle and spend the rest of the spring...Read more



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