@abbyschachter

Abby W. Schachter, a Pittsburgh-based writer and blogger (Captain Mommy). Her latest book is No Child Left Alone: Getting the government out of parenting. She contributes to the Weekly Standard, Acculturated, Reason, the New York Post, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Abby is a senior fellow at the Inependent Women's Forum. She's appeared on Fox & Friends and CSPAN's Morning Edition. When not working, Abby spends her days in Iron City raising four children with her artist husband Ben Schachter.


Are These Women Really Heroes?

“I’m shooting in a very heroic light,” Chris Crisman explained to Upworthy. “Whether it’s in the lighting, the composition, how people sit in the frame . . . that’s kind of how I’ve always done portraiture. I’m trying to depict them in a way that is strong.” Working women are Crisman’s current passion, but don’t … Continued

Culture

Who’s to Blame for Women’s Binge Drinking?

“Things are different today,’ I hear ev’ry mother say Cooking fresh food for a husband’s just a drag So she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak And goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper And two help her on her way, get her through her busy day.” —Mother’s … Continued

Culture

Modern Childhood and the Death of the Seesaw

This week in the New York Times, Sharon Otterman wrote a eulogy for a dying piece of playground fun: the seesaw. As Otterman explains, there used to be a seesaw in every playground: “Charity associations gave seesaw demonstrations when playgrounds were introduced at the turn of the twentieth century. They were standard fixtures in the … Continued

Culture

This Thanksgiving, Should You Just Say No to More Stuff?

We’re going to my in-laws for Thanksgiving as we do every year, and as with every trip, I’ll look forward to the food, to seeing my kids with all four of their grandparents, and to participating in a fun game I’ve dubbed, “Do you want this?” The game goes like this: At some point during … Continued

Culture

Star of ‘Rehab Addict’ Needs to Rehab Her Memoir

As the TV star of Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis is lively, heart-warming, and tough as she takes apart old homes and restores them to their former glory. Apparently she wanted to renovate that image, because what we learn about Curtis from her new book, Better than New: Lessons I’ve Learned from Saving Old Homes (And … Continued

Celebrities

Abercrombie & Fitch Tries to Market Modesty

Abercrombie & Fitch used to emphasize sexy and naked at their nearly 300 stores and in their advertising. It worked for a while, until it didn’t. Rebranding is now underway and the new approach can be defined as subtler, more modest and even friendly. As a recent news report describes, the stores used to attract … Continued

Culture

Why You Can’t Always Trust Parenting “Experts”

When I was pregnant with our first child, more than a couple of friends warned me not to read What to Expect When You Are Expecting unless I wanted to add to my already overdeveloped sense of fear and anxiety at giving birth. I’m glad to have heeded that advice, but it didn’t stop me … Continued

Parenting

Lefty Parenting Blogs Finally Discover Boys Have Feelings Too

Over at the Disney-owned parenting site Babble, writer Adrian Wood asks a very good question: “Is it just me, or does it seem that boys are flying under the radar lately when it comes to conversations about self-worth, personal value, and body image?” The mom of four, who lives in North Carolina and regularly contributes … Continued

Parenting

Don’t Let Your Kids Get Sex Advice from YouTube

From whom should kids learn about sex? If you read the New York Times, which recently tackled the subject, the answer would seem to be: online amateurs who make YouTube videos, not parents. That’s right. Hannah Witton—a British sex-ed YouTube star—avers that her amateurism is an asset rather than a deficit. “You don’t have to … Continued

Culture

Why Tim Gunn is Right About The Fashion Industry

At the opening of New York Fashion Week earlier this month, Tim Gunn went on a rant about how designers ignore women over a size 12. “Despite the huge financial potential of this market,” Gunn declared, “many designers don’t want to address it. It’s not in their vocabulary.” As if on cue, Lane Bryant has … Continued

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