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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

The Senses Census for 11/30/2017

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Birds do it; bees do it. But we don't.

See exceptionally well, that is. When bees look at a flower, they see it almost as a neon sign pointing, "This way to the nectar!" The petals that look so pretty to us are dark to a bee, while the nectar-and-pollen gathering spot at the center is blazingly bright, like a target. Finding food becomes easy.

Updated: Thu Nov 30, 2017

OMG, It's a Man! for 11/22/2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

On the bus going across town the other day, my husband and I sat behind a girl of about 13. No one sat next to her, even though a couple of folks were standing. This reminded me of my long-ago trip to Turkey. At that time, men were not allowed to take an empty seat next to a woman.

I don't know whether this was by law or custom, but the thinking seemed to be that men are too rude, easily excited and/or perverse to sit next to women. In other words, their entire gender is guilty, or at least gross, just by virtue of a Y chromosome. And I worry that that's the direction we're headed now, too.

Updated: Wed Nov 22, 2017

Always Helping Kids Isn't Helping Any Kids for 11/17/2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Helicopter parents who hover over their kids are the most popular of punching bags. Remember the mom who sued her 4-year-old's $19,000-a-year preschool because the kid was spending time with the 2-year-olds and thus having her chances of getting into Harvard ruined?

You might figure I'd join the chorus of shame, seeing as I founded Free-Range Kids, the movement dedicated to giving kids more freedom, and am now president of Let Grow, a new nonprofit whose aim is overthrowing overprotection.

Updated: Fri Nov 17, 2017

They Soared and Then Soured for 11/10/2017

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the balloon retirement home all that cold, cold, wet day."

"Please, no more poems, Cat," groaned Bullwinkle.

"No hat tricks, either," begged Wonder Dog.

Updated: Fri Nov 10, 2017

Oh, You Shouldn't Have! for 11/02/2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

November means December is around the corner, and December means it's time to buy presents.

But not these.

—For the kids:

Updated: Thu Nov 02, 2017

The Holiday That Scares Adults for 10/19/2017

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

"Trick or treat! Trick or treat! Give us something lethal to eat!"

That's not the actual rhyme, but from all the warnings about Halloween, you just might think it was. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is still insisting that "a responsible adult should closely examine all treats."

Updated: Thu Oct 19, 2017

It's a Dog's Life (And I'm Envious) for 10/12/2017

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Pet owners, I know your animals are cherished members of the family. What they aren't, however, are neurotic 21st-century Americans. So why are we starting to treat them that way?

For instance, there is flavored water for dogs these days, the options ranging from spearmint to peanut butter to parsley.

Updated: Thu Oct 12, 2017

Does China Have the Secret to Education? for 10/05/2017

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Four months after Lenora Chu and her family arrived in Shanghai from the U.S. in 2010, Shanghai high schoolers scored tops in the world in math, reading and science. America landed somewhere in the middle of the pack of about 70 countries.

As a mom, a reporter and the American-born child of Chinese immigrants making a giant reverse commute, it seemed she'd come to the real land of opportunity.

Updated: Thu Oct 05, 2017

The Oy of Language for 09/28/2017

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

I grew up talking like Nancy Drew. "Yuck!" I'd exclaim. "So?" "Oh, no!" Then I moved to New York after college, and suddenly I started talking like grandparents. "Feh!" I'd exclaim. "Blech!" "Oy!"

Blame it on the bagels, on Brooklyn! Something in the air made me reclaim my Jewish heritage. Thank God, a little help I had:

Updated: Thu Sep 28, 2017

Rewriting the Single-Mom Story for 09/21/2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

When Emma Johnson was growing up, she was certain of one thing: She would never be a single mom.

After all, she'd been raised by one. And though she appreciates her mom's hard work and how it paid off — "My brothers are really good guys; we all turned out OK" — bottom line: "It was dreadful," she says now. They were broke. So she left Illinois for New York City, became a journalist, found a great guy, got married, had the kids...

Updated: Thu Sep 21, 2017

Why Didn't YOU Think of This? for 09/14/2017

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Every once in a while, someone comes up with a truly new idea for a product. The Pop-Tart. The Tesla. Twitter. (Use with care!)

Usually, though, folks pressed to invent something spectacular just seem to take a pre-existing product and add a new vitamin, twist-off top or sprinkling of ever hotter nacho cheese. The truly desperate add lime.

Updated: Thu Sep 14, 2017

The Great GMO Freakout for 09/07/2017

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

It all began when a neighbor of filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy's sent a text asking whether she could borrow some organic milk. Kennedy texted back, "You can borrow some milk, but I don't have organic."

The friend politely declined, which set Kennedy to thinking. His family drank conventional milk. Did that make him a dad who didn't care about his kids' safety or the environment? That would be odd, because he was nominated for an Oscar for his film about a community garden.

Updated: Thu Sep 07, 2017

Future Best-sellers for 08/31/2017

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700

By now, summer is winding down, and so, probably, is that John Grisham book you started in June. Want to know what you'll be finishing in the summer of 2018?

—"Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Cubicle Partner." Now in his 11th year at the Ministry of Magic, an increasingly pudgy Potter struggles with a Dementor-infested copying machine, ministrywide restrictions on personal e-owl and, most vexingly, his office mate Parvati Patil, who calls him "Hotty Potty" and is constantly climbing into his (ample) lap, only to giggle, slap him and fly back to her desk. Recommended only for those who loved "Harry Potter and the Help Desk of Doom."

—"Grout." Forget passion and perseverance, writes professor turned plumber Angela Duckworth. If you want something to really succeed — and that something is your bathroom — grit is not going to do the trick.

Updated: Thu Aug 31, 2017