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.

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


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


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