"Those kids have the right idea!"

Two Boys, Age 5, Tunnel Out of Kindergarten to Go Buy a Jaguar

. Best story of the week? Month? Year? And I’m just talking about the parents! Get a load of this: MOSCOW, Sept 8, 2015: Two five-year-old Russian boys used spades to dig their way out of their kindergarten and set off on a mission to buy a Jaguar sports car, Komsomolskaya Pravda daily reported Tuesday. […]

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End game: Let's treat everyone in the world as if they are out to get us.


. Following up on our discussion of the security theater at Chuck E. Cheese (and what DOES that “E” stand for?), here’s a little rant about the TSA.  . I post it mostly because it links to such a truly fun video (below). I laughed out loud. But the TSA’s “You May Be a Terrorist […]

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Another incorrigible male direction-asker! They are everywhere!

New Crime: Asking for Directions While Male

. How this poor girl will ever recover from the trauma she endured, I just don’t know.  Australia’s New South Wales police are alerting the public to a: Child approach – Mount Annan near Camden Friday, 04 September 2015 10:56:36 AM Police are appealing for witnesses after a girl was approached by a man at Mount […]

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I can't wait to get to the office...er...preschool!

Early Academic Training Does Pre-Schoolers No Favors

. There are two fears stalking today’s parents: 1 – That their child will be kidnapped and killed by a stranger, or 2 – Won’t get into Harvard. Conveniently, both fears are solved the same way: Constant adult supervision and involvement. To protect from predators, parents and institutions hover. But to protect from under-achievement, kids […]

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Did you know you cannot buy a white van without proof that you are a predator?

Police Report: A Boy Got Into White Van. You Know What THAT Means!

. Sometimes, you gotta print the whole story, just to prove that THIS IS THE WHOLE STORY.  Note what is missing. (Hint: It’s not the child.) WNYT reports that: Schenectady police investigate possible missing child 09/01/2015  Schenectady police are investigating a report of a possible missing child. They say an unconfirmed third party saw a […]

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Abandon hope, all ye who enter here!

An Open Letter to Chuck E. Cheese

. From my mailbox — with a lot of good points. To whom it may concern: First of all,  please let me say that I experienced excellent customer service at the Paramus,  NJ location. The facility was clean,  employees friendly and patient,  and I have nothing negative to say about my specific experience. I’m writing […]

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Let's hear it for the Mounties!

A Missing Kid and the Benefit of the Doubt

. This is how it’s SUPPOSED to work: Dear Free-Range Kids: I feel very fortunate that we live  in Northern Alberta, Canada, where the kids play outside all day, all year! Last summer, we had the biggest scare of our lives.  It was the last day of school and I was resting in my bedroom […]

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CAUTION! Warnings about trauma may be insulting and counter-productive.

A Traumatized Reader Discusses Trigger Warnings

. Recently we were talking about the trend on campus to require “trigger warnings” — warnings on material assigned for class that could potentially traumatize a student by triggering a flashback on some misery endured. We also discussed “microaggressions” — the idea also newly popular at college that students’ casual remarks could be construed as […]

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