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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Culture, Fashion

Mark Zuckerberg: Prude and Coward?

First Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, was a prude. Then he chose to be a coward. The initial problem was about nudity. Norwegian writer and Facebook user Tom Egeland posted a series of iconic photographs, including one by Nick Ut called The Terror of War, on Facebook. The photograph—which is one of the most famous … Continued


Does Reality TV Encourage Entrepreneurship?

Where is capitalism and entrepreneurship shown off in the best light? Just where one would expect – on reality TV. According to the New York Post, the monstrous success of Shark Tank has led to an explosion of similarly-themed business entrepreneur shows. The two latest entries in this genre are Adventure Capitalists and Cleveland Hustles, … Continued

Entertainment, Television

The Government’s War on Fun

You’ve no doubt heard of the war on poverty and the war on women, but what about the war on fun? As unhappy as it sounds, there has been a decades-long march by government-empowered bureaucrats, school administrators, regulators, and health professionals against nearly every aspect of childhood fun, both indoors and out. Toys, games, playground … Continued