Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler

Jeff Stahler

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  1. OldCoal

    OldCoal GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 hours ago

    I’ve got this crazy idea, if we simply order a blackout on reporting local news more than 200 miles from the place it happened, we’ll get over this fear of letting the kids play outside.
    My wife was in a panic a couple of months ago because of something that happened in Los Angeles, worrying about kids. I told her “for god’s sake, that happened more than 3000 miles away, do you really think there’s that much of this stuff going on if they have to go 3000 miles to find a case?”.
    STOP reporting distant news on the local news, and we’ll stop the panic and the kids can stop this pressure cooker of “structured play” in front of adults constantly.

  2. superposition

    superposition said, about 6 hours ago

    @OldCoal

    Exactly!

  3. Kip W

    Kip W said, about 3 hours ago

    The choice of sensationalist stories to get eyeballs (ouch) leads to a belief in increasing crime by those who don’t understand how many ‘stories’ there are in a day, and how few the press actually devotes space to.

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 3 hours ago

    My concern is more attached to this strip, which is that high schoolers are under phenomenal pressure to perform, to have extracurricular activities — more than one, to do community service, to play sports, etc., etc., etc. There’s a reason more kids are taking “gap years” before college — they’ve been burnt out by high school!
    My children are both significantly above-average intelligence, highly talented in the arts, clever verbally, socially adept, and nice, attractive people generally, but they struggled in high school.
    I know what it takes to get into an Ivy League school, having gone to one myself, and my younger child (a high school senior) appears to be “in the zone,” but there was a point where we were concerned for a total meltdown a couple of years ago. It’s a problem. Play is vital to sanity and is an indicator of intelligence, and kids aren’t getting it.

  5. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 3 hours ago

    Kip W
    Even back when children could still play freely, there was the motto: “If it bleeds, then it leads.”

  6. dflak

    dflak said, about 1 hour ago

    We are sort of at odds with out kids over the raising of the grandchildren. The parents decide what the kids will be doing every minute of the day. There is no such thing as “down time.” It’s either sleep, school or some other structured activity like music lessons or sports.


    Of course this runs the parents ragged and they sometimes have to farm out one of the kids because the two of them can’t be in three places at once.


    However, this must be normal for the kids. It was nice to see in a recent visit when they had some “unstructured time” that they filled it with imaginative play inventing ad hoc games with rules similar to Calvinball.

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