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Lenore Skenazy
Skenazy is host of the new reality show on the Discovery Life Channel, "World's Worst Mom," debuting Jan. 22! She is also public speaker and founder of the book, blog and movement Free-Range Kids.

Entries by Lenore Skenazy

The Toilet That Thinks You're Done When You're Not and Other Stupid Annoyances That Lose Customers

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:14 PM

It's not like most of us choose our surgeons on the basis of their waiting rooms, but still. Last week as we awaited my husband's doctor in the hospital's zillion-dollar wing overlooking the Hudson, our attention was focused not on the great river (or hernia operation) before us, but the...

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'All Eggs Shall Be Cooked' -- Rules That Treat Workers Like Morons

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:41 PM

If you happen to pick up a copy of the Kansas legal code for the construction and administration of nursing homes -- which, admittedly, you probably won't -- here are some of the rules:

*The facility shall store each prepared food, dry or staple food, single service ware, sanitized equipment...
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The Day She Let Her Son Wait in the Car

(128) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:09 PM

The parenting article going viral on the web right now (1,700 comments and counting) is titled, "The Day I Left My Son in the Car."

Anyone clicking on it might understandably expect to read yet another horrifying piece about a parent who forgot her child in the car...

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Why Do Helicopter Parents Loosen Up at Campgrounds?

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Most of us remember playing outside till the streetlights came on, but our kids can't because of any of the following fears: crime, creeps, traffic, tennis lessons, homework... or all of the above.

Except at RV campgrounds. (And probably regular campgrounds, too. But I haven't been to those.) At...

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College Prep for Kindergarteners?

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 2:10 PM

A kindergarten in New York has cancelled its end-of-the-year kiddie show in order to devote more time to college and career prep. In a letter to parents, the teachers explained:

The reason for eliminating the Kindergarten show is simple. We are responsible for preparing children...

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Sex and the Super Bowl

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 1:32 PM

The Super Bowl is coming and with it... 40,000 hookers?

That's what the media says. They sure seem to love saying it. But it's just an urban myth.

"The idea that some Lost Tribe of Gypsy Harlots, tens of thousands strong, wanders around the world from mega-event to mega-event, unimpeded...

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The Simple School Project That Sets Kids Free

(5) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 3:32 PM

School is in full swing, which means that at least one group of sixth graders is about to undergo an enormous, transformative experience. Hint: It does not involve filling in any bubbles with a #2 pencil.

It involves getting out into the world. Every year, Joanna Drusin, an English teacher...

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Free-Range Parenting Fails (And Successes!) of 2012

(41) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 12:16 PM

A mom in Tennessee and a dad in Pittsburgh faced a similar fate this year: Both were arrested for letting their school-age kids play in the park.

Only the mom did jail time.

Welcome to the best and worst Free-Range Kids stories of 2012. Free-Range is the movement I...

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The Extracurricular Game Changer: Pay Me to Ignore Your Kids

(169) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Starting Sept. 12, I'm offering a new eight-week, $350 after-school class almost guaranteed to make the participants, ages 8 and up, happier, healthier, smarter -- and skinnier, to boot. It meets Wednesdays 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. in Central Park (85th and 5th), and the premise is simple.

I won't be...

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As Goes Halloween, So Goes Childhood

(43) Comments | Posted October 30, 2009 | 1:56 PM

Forget all the guys in Bernie Madoff masks and tutus. If you want to see something really scary on Halloween, come to my apartment around 9 p.m.I'm letting my kids eat unwrapped candy.

They can eat any homemade goodies they get, too, and that unholy of unholies: candy where the...

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Up With Death Panels!

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 12:54 PM

Let's hear it for Death Panels.

That's the gruesome name Sarah Palin gave to the idea that medical professionals should be paid for the time they spend talking with patients about their options when they - the patients -- are very sick.

In reality, the health care bill included nothing...

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What the New York Times Left Out

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2009 | 2:18 PM

Item: The man in the Facebook photographs seems like your average guy having a little fun. Here he is in a festive scene at a park, gamely wearing a red fleece and a Santa Claus hat. Here he is again, playing Frisbee on the beach... Oops. It turns out that...

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What The White House Could Learn From A Bronx Soda Fountain Owner

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2009 | 6:33 PM

Note to White House budget chief Peter Orszag: You are completely, dangerously deluded.

Not about the economy! (Or maybe you are, I can't say.) But you are definitely deluded about your job as a parent. And so are a bunch of your buddies.

A recent article...

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Child Abduction: Take A Deep Breath

(6) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 8:40 PM

Sometimes, when I try to explain how frenzied we have become about the real but extremely rare crime of childhood abduction, or of rampant pedophilia in general, I compare our era to 1692 Salem. There was no way, back then, back there, to convince the average person: Don't you see...

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21 Reasons to LOVE The Rain

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2009 | 12:35 PM

*No more balcony envy.

*Senegalese umbrella guys pooling profits to buy GM building.

*Camp children weaving entire villages out of lanyard.

*Times Square tourists hogging fewer chairs.

*Easy excuse not to invite anyone to Hamptons.

*Especially if you don't own...

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Kleenex Season For Moms

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 8:45 AM

10 AM. In an hour my younger son graduates from grammar school, PS 116. He's the "boy who took the subway by himself" last year and made headlines worldwide, but last night he was just a boy desperately poking me at about 3 AM, trying not to wake his father...

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Why I'm Raising Free-Range Kids

(8) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 8:00 AM

One Sunday morning about two weeks ago, the phone rang.



"My name is Irving." I didn't catch his last name. Shipolsky or something. "I live in Bayside, Queens and I'm 90 years old."

Cool. Mazel tov! But...what's up?

"I just called to tell you about the first time...

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Let's Not Worry So Much About What Our Kids Eat

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2009 | 5:06 PM

Organic? Whole wheat? Whole Foods? Who cares?

A lot of us. But maybe we shouldn't. Or at least, maybe we shouldn't burden our kids with all our nutritional correctness.

When my older son (now 12) was in kindergarten, he came home with a keen interest in cans. Not to build...

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The Year in Carols

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2008 | 5:02 PM

Sing 'em and weep!

The Secretary of State Girl (to, "The Little Drummer Boy")

Come they told me pa rum pum pum pum
The prez elect to see pa rum pum pum pum
He ran a perfect race pa rum pum pum pum

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What Palin and Obama Share (And So Do the Other Two)

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 1:14 PM

"Why does everyone keep using the word, 'grace?'" my 12-year-old asked as we watched the election night unfold. John McCain had just given his concession speech and everyone from the anchors to the pundits agreed there was only one word for what the man showed: grace.
It sounded like...

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