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    Lenore Skenazy

    Lenore Skenazy is president of Let Grow, a contributing writer at Reason.com, and author of "Has the World Gone Skenazy?"

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  • The Odds of Your Kid Getting Kidnapped

    The Odds of Your Kid Getting Kidnapped2

    Kidnapping remains one of the top three fears of American parents despite its (thank God!) rarity. One way to fight that outsized fear is to consider the actual odds of your child being kidnapped by a stranger. To gain some perspective, I gathered a whole lot of stats. Note: It is hard to find stats

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  • ‘The Anxious Generation’ Has the Worst of Both Worlds

    ‘The Anxious Generation’ Has the Worst of Both Worlds0

    In a blockbuster Atlantic piece, “The Terrible Costs of a Phone-Based Childhood,” my Let Grow co-founder Jonathan Haidt says our culture is getting it all wrong when it comes to kids: We “underprotect” them in the virtual world and overprotect them in the real one. That’s the worst of both worlds if we want to

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  • Not All Adults at the Park Are Predators

    Not All Adults at the Park Are Predators3

    I’m trying not to obsess about child overprotection, but … obsess I do. Here’s the latest object of my ire: the playground signs in my berg, New York City, that say, “Playground rules prohibit adults except in the company of children.” Apparently, any adult who simply wants to sit on a bench and watch kids

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  • The NY Times Says Intensive Parenting Is Best, But…

    The NY Times Says Intensive Parenting Is Best, But…2

    “Parents Are Highly Involved in their Adult Children’s Lives and Fine With It,” declared the front page of The New York Times. Added the subhead: “New surveys show that today’s intensive parenting has benefits, not just risks, and most young adults seem happy with it, too.” Is that true? “Intensive parenting” is best, and kids

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