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A Mom in Handcuffs for What?!?

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

Perhaps you have already heard about Heather Wallace, a Texas mom of three, arrested for having her son walk home half a mile after he was bothering his younger brothers in the car.

You can read my story about it here. Basically, someone called 911 when they saw her son outside, alone. That's all it took. Cops swooped in, even though the boy ...Read more

Ants Misbehavin'

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

Actually, the ants go marching quadrillions by quadrillions, according to the latest ant census. And they don't just march. They carve trails. They make food. They build homes 12 feet deep, antiseptic as an operating room. And some nights they fight so ferociously you can see seven or eight million dismembered and decapitated ants after a battle...Read more

America's Favorite Story

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

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

Learning From the Yale Class of '45

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

This isn't morbid, I promise. But it does involve the recently deceased.

Like many a fancy college that hopes to keep its alumni engaged (and perhaps donating), Yale publishes a monthly magazine filled with lively articles and, at the end, page after page of "Class Notes." Arranged by year of graduation, these are short updates from folks on ...Read more

Snicker at These Halloween Warnings

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

Halloween needs a new name. I propose "Hallosteria." Here's why.

Every year, busywork bureaucrats and media masterminds issue warnings or even laws to prevent Halloween problems that are either minor or nonexistent. This year?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission just issued a press release and infographic warning about all the dangers ...Read more

Of Bureaucrats and Bunk Beds

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

Want to take in foster kids in Maryland? You can't let them sleep in bunk beds.

The fine print of Maryland's foster care regulations says: "Each child shall have an individual bed that may not be stacked in vertical bunk bed formation."

In practice that means that if you don't have a lot of extra space or money, you may be disqualified from ...Read more

The Fastest, Cheapest Child Therapy

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

If we agree there's a youth mental health crisis, can we also agree that "More therapists." is not the only solution?

I worry our leaders automatically gravitate to middle-age solutions -- yoga, therapy, meditation -- even when they're trying to help KIDS.

They miss a free, immediate, easily accessible "therapy" all kids used to get: free play...Read more

Peddling the Drug Called Fear

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

The Drug Enforcement Agency is warning that drug cartels are making colorful "rainbow fentanyl" to appeal to kids. "Brightly-colored fentanyl is being seized in multiple forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk," a DEA press release warns.

And yet there is no evidence that these pills are being peddled to the ...Read more

Fearmongering for Fun and Profit

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) gets about $40 million a year in federal funding. It spends at least a few of those bucks crafting "helpful" emails like the one I got a few weeks back with the subject line: "Are your kids safely back-to-schooling?"

Not only is "back-to-schooling" not a verb, but the question also ...Read more

Waving Is Good for Us

Parents / Lenore Skenazy /

America: Keep on waving.

Hello! Goodbye! Welcome! Miss you already! And even: This Zoom meeting has come to an end.

All of these deserve a wave, and we must resist the impulse to let the hand lie inert. For in truth, the wave keeps our humanity afloat.

"Waving is good on so many levels," says Patti Wood, a researcher, author, consultant and ...Read more

 

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