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Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 03:41:00 -0700


The Fashion Icons You Never Heard Of for 04/19/2018

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

"Who are you wearing?" is a question Oscar contenders answer easily. Their designers are sometimes as famous as they are. But it wasn't always so. For instance, have you heard of Kiviette or Zelda Wynn Valdes?

Neither had I until I got "The Hidden History of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th-Century Women Designers," edited by Nancy Deihl, director of the graduate program in costume studies at New York University. Each chapter focuses on a now-forgotten woman who, often behind the scenes, designed the clothing that changed the way America dressed.

Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018

Another Lesson in Fear for 04/12/2018

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Here's how parents are being brainwashed into fear for their kids and contempt for their communities. Remember: This fear is new. Our parents weren't browbeaten into thinking that anytime a child opened the door and stepped outside, the parent was a negligent hussy and the kid was dead meat. But here's how Julie Chen, co-host of "The Talk," introduced Utah's new law regarding free-range parenting:

"A new law has passed in Utah encouraging, quote, 'free-range parenting.' The law, which takes effect next month, specifies that it is not a crime for parents to allow kids who display maturity and good judgment to walk to school alone or play outside unsupervised. Lawmakers say the legislation was introduced to encourage more self-reliance among children. However, some critics fear the new legislation could put kids in harm's way. What do you think of this law?"

Updated: Thu Apr 12, 2018

Mad Libs for the Office for 04/05/2018

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

You still have a job? Really? That's so strange.

But these forms aren't. They're coming soon to a desk near you:

Updated: Thu Apr 05, 2018

A Bad Bullying Bill for 03/29/2018

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

A state representative in Pennsylvania has proposed a bill that would fine the parents of "bullies" up to $750 and make them attend parenting classes.

State Rep. Frank Burns, a Democrat, spent last year extracting anti-bullying pledges from every school in his district, which is outside Johnstown. While on what sounds like a rather bullying tour, he heard stories from bullied kids and decided to redouble his efforts.

Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2018

The Human Phoenix for 03/22/2018

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

"I always thought if I lost a child, I wouldn't be able to stop screaming," Liz Alderman, a suburban mom of three, told journalist Mark Miller. But then one of her children, Peter, age 25, was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and she found out what really happens, at least to her:

"The reality is you can't keep screaming. Your throat closes up; you give yourself a headache. You have two choices: Either you kill yourself literally or figuratively, by crawling into bed and never getting out, or you put one foot in front of the other."

Updated: Thu Mar 22, 2018

Spies and Dolls for 03/15/2018

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Today's dolls are not the dolls of yesteryear.

A recent article in The New York Times noted that the My Friend Cayla doll "talks and responds to children's questions. ... But there's something else that Cayla might bring into homes as well: hackers and identity thieves."

Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018

Dad Makes Kid Run in the Rain: Hero or Bully? for 03/08/2018

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

A father who made his 10-year-old son run to school in the rain after the boy was barred from the bus because of bullying made a video of the boy's trek and posted it on Facebook. Now he has become a pariah or a folk hero, depending on which comments you read.

The dad, Bryan Thornhill of Roanoke, Virginia, provided live commentary on the video, which has been seen by more than 2 million people since he posted it on Facebook on March 1. He explains that he didn't want to drive his kid to school — thinking that would have turned the punishment into a reward. He thought that having the boy use his own legs made sense. For the record: Dad did not cause it to rain.

Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018

Turning Tweens Into Tots for 03/02/2018

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Dutifully documenting the end of human trust and common sense, I give you this note I received from a mom as fed up as I am with distrust and distortion:

Dear Lenore: I love my Church, but I was really turned off by this new policy:

Updated: Fri Mar 02, 2018

What German Parents Have That American Parents Crave for 02/22/2018

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

"Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children," by Sara Zaske, represents the latest in a series of books about other countries getting right what American parents get wrong.

"Bringing Up Bebe" suggested we ignore our kids while smoking and having affairs (in not so many words). "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" said to burn our kids' stuffed animals if they don't practice enough piano (in not so many words). And the slightly more obscure book "The Danish Way of Parenting" told us to read our kids sad tales with dark endings (like every Scandinavian movie ever made). Remember, in the Hans Christian Andersen version, the Little Mermaid does not get the prince and is so heartbroken that she turns into sea foam.

Updated: Thu Feb 22, 2018

Why Johnny Can't Jump for 02/15/2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800


A study in Ireland has found that kids are losing the agility and basic physical skills we used to take for granted — skills such as jumping, running, being able to catch a ball.

Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018

Death Be Out Loud for 02/08/2018

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

What does it take to get 200 New Yorkers out on a cold winter night?


Updated: Thu Feb 08, 2018

The Fakest of Fake News for 02/01/2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

"Dear News Media: Yesterday while jogging, I noticed a squirrel on my neighbor's lawn. I got to my driveway, and there he was again. I am positive he was plotting to bite my calf, leave me for dead and use my sneakers to make a vacation home. Please warn other citizens!"

That's about the caliber of the Facebook posts by moms convinced their kids were almost sex trafficked from the grocery. It's bad enough that these are shared thousands of times, but must the news media treat them as anything other than attention-starved fantasies?

Updated: Thu Feb 01, 2018

How Some Teens Turn Into Terrorists for 01/25/2018

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Dina Temple-Raston is NPR's globe-trotting terrorism gal. It blows? She goes. But after 10 years, she says, "it got a little wearing."

I'll bet.

Updated: Thu Jan 25, 2018

Time to Stop Criminalizing Parents Whose Kids Play Outside for 01/18/2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

The Utah Legislature is reviewing a bill that would decriminalize the actions of responsible parents who let their kids walk or play outside.

If the lawmakers there pass Senate Bill 65, parents who want to give their kids a smidgen of childhood freedom won't have to worry about a knock on the door from cops or child protective service workers second-guessing their decision to send the kids outside without a security detail.

Updated: Thu Jan 18, 2018

The Student Anti-Anxiety Project That's Going Viral for 01/11/2018

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

It's not your imagination. Kids are getting more anxious, depressed and hypersensitive.

In Education Week, a teacher wrote, "Anxiety has become the most significant obstacle to learning among my adolescent students." They're skipping not only homework assignments but also school in general — weeks and weeks of it.

Updated: Thu Jan 11, 2018

When Parents Can Know Everything About Their Kids for 01/04/2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

"Arkangel," an episode of the Netflix show "Black Mirror" directed by Jodie Foster, had me cheering — which is a little odd, seeing as it is an incredibly horrifying tale of what can happen when parents get what some think they want: the chance to watch what their children are doing every minute and shield them from all misery and harm.

Sara is a little girl whose mom (played by Rosemarie DeWitt) implants an "Arkangel" chip in her, which allows Sara's mom, whenever she tunes in on her tablet, to see what Sara sees. The chip also allows parents to pixelate any disturbing things they do not want their kids to see, including violence, blood — even two people arguing. So when the girl's grandpa has a heart attack right in front of her, the girl can't see him; she sees only pixels. As the trailer for the episode ominously puts it, "the key to good parenting is control."

Updated: Thu Jan 04, 2018

Resolutions for the Kids for 12/28/2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Why is it always grown-ups who are supposed to go virtuous when January rolls around? This year, let's give some resolutions to the ones who really need to change (and sometimes need a change, too).

—Baby resolutions:

Updated: Thu Dec 28, 2017

We Wish You a Merry Christmas Carol for 12/21/2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Need some Xmas cheer? Start singing!

Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017

Who's Scarier, the Sex Offender or the Judge? for 12/14/2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

It was more than two years ago when Zach Anderson of Elkhart, Indiana, met a girl on the app Hot or Not. He was 19; she said she was 17. They hooked up just over the border in Michigan and then went their separate ways.

Problem was: She turned out to be only 14.

Updated: Thu Dec 14, 2017

Lock the Kids Inside? for 12/07/2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

"Not supervising your kid is awesome right up until some psychopath kidnaps, rapes, and murders them. I want my son to develop fully, but he is gonna have to not die for that to happen."

That was a reply someone sent to one of my tweets.

Updated: Thu Dec 07, 2017