Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
The ranch in Shiner, Texas, where an unnamed dad killed the man who allegedly molested his young daughter: Residents of the small town are rallying behind the father.

The Texas dad who killed his daughter's alleged molester: A hero?

No charges are expected against a rancher who says he instinctively killed a man who was allegedly trying to sexually assault the rancher's 4-year-old daughter

Parenting Controversies : Fact Sheet
Young children are reportedly injuring themselves as a coping mechanism when they're extremely angry, frustrated, or under tremendous stress.

Why some 7-year-old kids are cutting themselves

Researchers say even young children may resort to hurting themselves if they haven't learned how to properly deal with stress and frustration

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
A rabbi prepares for a standard circumcision at an Orthodox Jewish yeshiva: Over the past 11 years, two New York City infants have died from herpes after undergoing a rare circumcision procedure.

Should extreme Orthodox Jewish circumcision be illegal?

New York City is warning parents about a herpes-spreading, mouth-to-genitals circumcision ritual called metzitzah b'peh that has killed two babies

Parenting Controversies : Analysis
A girl feeds her baby brother: Connecticut authorities recommend that a teen be at least 15 before he or she cares for younger children.

Is 13 years old too young to babysit?

A Connecticut mom finds out the hard way that police consider her newly minted teenager too immature to watch over young kids

Parenting Controversies : The List
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends six months of breast-feeding, but hospital policies and societal pressures are preventing many new moms from reaching that goal.

Why moms stop breast-feeding early: 3 theories

A new study finds that the majority of women who intend to feed their babies breast milk for a set period wind up falling short of their goals

Parenting Controversies : Burning Question
In a recent interview, comic Sarah Silverman said she does not want to bear biological children for fear of passing on the depression that runs in her family.

Is it irresponsible for the depressed to have children?

Never one to hide personal details, comic Sarah Silverman is being candid about how her depression factored into her decision to remain childless

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon suggests imprinting barcodes on every newborn baby, as a way to streamline countless procedures from emergency medical treatments to military executions.

Barcoding babies at birth: Good idea?

Science fiction author Elizabeth Moon argues that marking everyone with a unique ID code would make the world a saner, safer place... but also potentially much creepier

Parenting Controversies : Burning Question
Betty Draper sees a psychiatrist during season 1 of "Mad Men": More stay-at-home moms said they were diagnosed with depression than working moms, according to a new poll.

Stay-at-home moms: More vulnerable to depression than working moms?

A quarter of stay-at-homes moms say they struggle with malaise, compared to just 16 percent of working moms, according to a new Gallup survey

Parenting Controversies : Instant Guide
Beyonce holds her newborn Blue Ivy Carter: The couple trademarked the unique moniker to prevent entrepreneurs from profiting off the name.

Can you trademark your baby's name?

Beyonce and Jay-Z take the legal route to ensure that nobody steals Blue Ivy Carter's name. For ordinary parents, though, the quest for a unique moniker is more complicated

Parenting Controversies : Analysis
Sperm is injected into an egg cell: Freezing one's eggs can cost roughly $18,000 and some eager, would-be grandparents are helping their daughters pay the bill.

Strange trend alert: Moms who freeze their adult daughters' eggs

More and more Americans are trying to increase their chances of becoming grandparents by footing the bill for their daughters' experimental, and expensive, fertility treatments

Parenting Controversies : Controversy
TIME managing editor Richard Stengel says the point of magazine covers is to catch people's attention.

TIME's jaw-dropping breast-feeding cover: Too provocative?

The newsweekly's latest cover features a gangly 3-year-old boy latched onto his mother's breast, igniting debate over attachment parenting — and the image's propriety

Parenting Controversies : By the numbers
Some 22 percent of young adults get nearly $4,000 a year from their parents to help cover the cost of rent.

Parents who pay their grown children's bills: By the numbers

Once parents were supposed to take care of their kids until they left home. Now Mom and Dad are subsidizing their offspring well into their adult years

Parenting Controversies : Instant Guide
It may be nerve-wracking to let her go solo, but your child is more likely to break a bone if she sits on your lap while riding down the slide.

The cost of overprotective parenting: Breaking children's legs?

Trying to help your young child have a fun, injury-free playground experience is a natural instinct. But it can backfire

Parenting Controversies : Slideshow
Drinking hand sanitizer and 9 other unsettling teen substance-abuse trends

Drinking hand sanitizer and 9 other unsettling teen substance-abuse trends

It seems kids these days will huff or consume just about anything to get high. Here, a guide to the everyday products teens are misusing

Parenting Controversies : The List
"It was a dream come true," said 7-year-old Poppy Burge upon receiving a voucher for a breast augmentation as a birthday present from her mother. "I can't wait to be like mummy with big boobs."

'Human Barbie' Sarah Burge: 5 reasons she's the 'worst mother' ever

A British mother faces a backlash from parents outraged that she's given her 7-year-old daughter $20,500 worth of vouchers for a future boob job and liposuction

Parenting Controversies : Fact Sheet
A new Tennessee bill promoting abstinence-only sex ed is so vaguely written that innocent gestures like holding hands may be deemed offensive.

Is Tennessee trying to ban hand-holding?

Legislators want to expand their abstinence-only curriculum to discourage students from "gateway sexual activity" — maybe even kissing and holding hands

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