Orlando shooting that you do not have to discuss with your kids.

Advice About Parenting Advice

. Below are some tips sent to me because, as a mommy blogger, I am assumed to be constantly looking for some expert to tell clueless, flummoxed me how to talk to my kids about __________. Fill in the blank. Something awful. It could be ticks, cancer, earthquakes or, God help us, the election. Today […]

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St. Brelade's Bay, Jersey,  England, at low tide.

School Cancels Beach Trip for Fear of Sunshine

. File it under “Fear of frying.” A school in Jersey (one of the Channel Islands between England and France) has cancelled its annual beach trip due to the possibility of sun. Students from St George’s Preparatory in St Peter normally enjoy an end-of-year beach day but the school decided to cancel the outing, citing […]

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Thanks, Garry!

Doonesbury Gets It Right TWICE in One Cartoon

. What a friend we have in Garry! This ran the other week: . In case you can’t read it, it says: Blue Mom: Hey look boys — a new playground. boys? How ridiculous is this? Pink Mom: Sorry? Blue Mom: This playground! It’s so safe and sterile! Everything’s rubberized and low to the ground. Kids […]

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Sometimes a windowless white van is just a windowless white van. In fact, almost always.

BREAKING NEWS: NEW STUDY SHOWS HUGE DROP IN STRANGER-DANGER CHILD MURDERS

. Here’s an excerpt from my piece in today’s Wall Street Journal: A Parent’s Nightmare—Increasingly Unlikely by Lenore Skenazy In the past two decades stranger-danger child murders have dropped enormously, according to a new Justice Department report. In 1997 there were 115 “stereotypical” kidnappings of children under age 17—“stereotypical” roughly translating to “like the ones […]

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Please brake for Norwegian kids with pet snails.

American Hyper-parenting Is Infiltrating Norway

. Fear is a virus. It can spread even to the independent reaches of Scandinavia, as this letter suggests. It comes to us from Ingebjørg Berg Holm, an interior architect, novelist, and mother of two adventurous kids, aged 4 and 6.The 6-year-old walks himself home  and runs small errands. His little sister is looking forward to […]

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The tragedy unfolds.

Of Alligators, Gorillas, Tragedy and Blame

. There has been an outpouring of online sympathy for the parents of the boy who was killed by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando, which just goes to show that sometimes the internet has a heart, and sometimes it calls for blood. . The question is why.  . In contrast with the half a […]

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