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.

Design Within Reach Wants You to Embrace Your Inner Modernist Hipster

To be honest, the designs at Design Within Reach were never really within reach for most people. That is to say, the cost of these modernist beauties isn’t exactly affordable. Yet there was always something wonderful and magical about thumbing through the pages of the company’s catalogue and imagining what a perfectly designed DWR space … Continued


‘Vogue’ Tries to Make Shabbat Stylish

Of all the media outlets that might embrace Shabbat—the 25-hours between sundown Friday night and sundown Saturday night that traditionally-observant Jews mark as a separate period of time from the rest of the week—Vogue might not be at the top of anyone’s list. As surprising as it may seem to have a fashion bible endorse … Continued


Why Aren’t Schools Letting Kids Outside for Recess?

A mom in New York tells me she’s in a fight with her kid’s preschool. You might think she’s unhappy with the zero-tolerance policy for Kombucha? Too much enrichment? Not enough? In fact, it’s none of the above. Her fight is over the children playing outside. The mother wants her kid to be outside more … Continued


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


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


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


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