@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.


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

Parenting

How the Government Became the Worst Helicopter Parent

Uncle Sam is the worst helicopter parent in America. The number of stories detailing mothers, fathers and guardians who have been harassed, threatened, humiliated, and arrested for allowing their kids to be alone and do for themselves is nearly endless. The adults affected by the overreach of police, judges, medical, educational, and social-service personnel come … Continued

Parenting


Why TV Networks Respond Badly to Real-Life Tragedies

For the folks who produce violent and ripped-from-the-headlines television shows, recent events have made life tougher than usual. USA Network, for example, announced that it was delaying the premiere of a new show starring Ryan Phillipe. “In light of recent tragic events and out of respect for the victims, their families and our viewers, we … Continued

Entertainment

The Enduring Virtues of ‘Sixteen Candles’

I want to live in Samantha Baker’s house. Samantha, played beautifully by Molly Ringwald in John Hughes’ 1984 classic movie Sixteen Candles, was one of my heroes growing up, and now that the house where the movie was shot is up for sale in Evanston, IL, I’m thinking I could finally get to live out … Continued

Culture


The Bias Against Big Families and the Rise of Childless Cities

Oh, the bias against big families—especially religious families. Take this recent Washington Post headline: “Stop assuming that families with lots of children are religious.” Or how about this one from Babble: “This is why you should never judge that mom in the grocery store with five kids.” Where does this naked assumption that there is … Continued

Parenting

‘Me Before You’ Celebrates Young Love and Euthanasia

Perhaps infuriating the disabled, the advocates for the rights of the disabled, and young disabled athletes wasn’t the best marketing strategy for the new movie Me Before You. But it sure makes for some biting commentary. “Why do you want me dead?” railed eleven-year-old Ella Frech, who just happens to be in a wheelchair and … Continued

Entertainment

How to be a Lighthouse Parent, not a Helicopter Parent

A YouTube star named Kristina Kuzmic had a big week when her vlog entitled “I’m not your friend, kid! (Because I love you)” got over a million hits and some strong negative reactions from parents who didn’t like her criticism of their child-rearing philosophy. Kuzmic’s basic point shouldn’t have been controversial. While eating from a … Continued

Parenting

Teens and Technology: Too Much Too Soon?

“No phones on a walk,” I said to my 10-year-old cousin. “Is that the rule?” she asked as she put down her phone before heading out the door. “Yes, no phones on a walk is the rule.” I was making that up, of course. I had suggested that we get some fresh air and just … Continued

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