Category: Children

A Ring hacker terrorizes an 8-year-old girl in her bedroom

Of all the evil uses of the Internet, is this the worst I’ve ever heard of. As reported by the Washington Post, “She installed a Ring camera in her children’s room for ‘peace of mind.’ A hacker accessed it and harassed her 8-year-old daughter.” When Alyssa LeMay heard the strange music and sounds coming from... Read more »

For moms and dads sadden by their kids going off to college

For them, I reprint here the Chicago Sun-Times columns I wrote when Kati and Don left for college. Now Kati is bidding her first child, Lisa, goodbye as she enters Notre Dame to study business and music. She knows. Here are the two columns: Chicago Sun-Times August 11, 1989 Dear Kati, I can remember the... Read more »

High and mighty Chicago Teachers Union president warns Mayor Lightfoot

Jesse Sharkey, fresh off re-election as Chicago Teachers Union president, huffs and puffs that if new Mayor Lori Lightfoot doesn’t “transform” Chicago Public Schools (the way the union wants) then she better watch out. The Chicago Tribune quotes Sharkey announcing immediately after his re-election,  “We hope that the new mayor makes good on her promises to transform... Read more »
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Deadly Little Village fire helps explain Chicago's gun violence

Looking for “root causes” of the gang gun violence that is killing so many young people in Chicago? Look then to the apartment fire in Little Village that killed ten children–3 months to 16 years old–who were having a sleepover and the horrible conditions in which they were living. Imagine yourself having to grow up in... Read more »

Sarah Palin was right about death panels

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin sent liberal heads spinning with the charge that Obamacare paved the way for “death panels” deciding who was worth the cost of keeping alive. Yet, she was right. Maybe not Obamacare, but about her larger point that government should not be in the business of deciding who was... Read more »

The real bullying at Fremd High School is spewing from the LBGT crowd

Even if your daughter doesn’t attend Fremd, this is a battle that is coming to your public school* Without surcease,  the progressive law-givers scold the rest of us about the evils of bullying. Much of it, they say, is the bullying of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning and gender fluid children by those ugly, ignorant... Read more »
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A new term for killing an unborn baby: "Fetal demise"

When the criminal proceedings concluded against Dynel Catrece Lane who cut a 7-month-old pre-born child, Aurora Wilkins, from her mother’s womb, it was determined that Wilkins Lane hadn’t really killed the unborn baby. The authorities ruled that it was fetal demise, as if the child had died on its own, the result of a miscarriage. This bizarre legal straight... Read more »

Helicopter parents: Your job is to put yourself out of a job

Because I’m an old guy, I’ve seen all kinds of different theories about how parents should raise their children. From children are not to be seen or heard, then through  Dr. Benjamin Spock’s use of psychodynamics to understand children (hug more, punish less) and to today’s “helicopter parents.” The pendulum, it is said, swings back... Read more »

Paul Ryan unfairly blistered for his maternity leave position

Politicians and pundits have been piling on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), possibly the next Speaker of the House, for saying that he’ll accept the job only if he can spend time with his family. Some of the cascade of criticism is vitriolic, of the type that if voiced from the right would be called mean... Read more »
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Kids' game of tag--the next victim of political correctness

If you ever were a kid, you’ve played a game of tag. Run around, trying to touch someone, who then becomes “it.” Harmless, unscripted fun; an antidote for today’s overly programed children. Except at Mercer Island School District in Washington state.  In a statement, it declared: The Mercer Island School District and school teams have recently... Read more »
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