Parenting Controversies : Fact Sheet
Twins sleep in Virginia: Among American moms 40 and older, the rate of twin births has climbed more than 200 percent over the last three decades.

The 'concerning' rise in twin births

The rate at which U.S. women are having twins has climbed dramatically, worrying some experts since twins are born earlier and smaller than solo babies

Parenting Controversies : The List
Some parents went on a chicken-pox-infected-lollipop buying craze in 2011, just one of many eye-popping trends that had moms and dads nationwide scratching their heads.

The top 8 parenting controversies of 2011

Crotchless thongs, ADHD medication, chicken-pox lollipops, tiger moms — parents had plenty to argue about this year

Parenting Controversies : Burning Question
A growing number of school districts are tired of students who rack up school absences, and are looking to punish the parents with jail time.

Should parents go to jail when kids miss too much school?

Florida's Palm Beach County is cracking down on truancy by punishing parents, and it's hardly the first place in the nation to do so

Parenting Controversies : The List
Parents don't always keep cool under pressure, and have been known to get into the same nasty schoolyard spats their kids regularly engage in.

7 'hardcore' schoolyard brawls... between parents

Bad students go to the principal's office. Naughty moms and dads don't get off quite so easily

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Sure, babies are messy and loud, but should a South London restaurant really have charged moms an extra fee just for bringing young kids to the table?

A restaurant's 'outrageous' 'baby tax'

An English eatery sparks an international debate by charging moms an extra $5 for bringing young children to the table

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
A more traditional sex ed classroom in 1948: Some teachers today are revolutionizing the birds and the bees talk for their students.

Should sex educators teach kids about pleasure?

Abstinence-based sex ed has failed, argue some parents. It's high time we started being far more honest about the birds and the bees

Parenting Controversies : Best Video
The controversial pair of leopard-print, crotchless panties, as captured by a horrified mother's smartphone video camera.

Crotchless thongs... for 7-year-olds?

A Colorado kids' clothing store outrages parents after a woman finds X-rated underwear for sale among stuffed animals and princess costumes

Parenting Controversies : Fact Sheet
Some mothers-to-be are so taken with the numerical symmetry of 11-11-11 that they are arranging to deliver, up to a week prematurely, via c-section.

The 'crazy' 11-11-11 birth phenomenon

Around the globe, expectant mothers are going to extremes to ensure a numerologically auspicious birthday for their babies

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
TLC's 19 Kids and Counting brood, including eldest son Josh and his wife Anna's new baby (center): Matriarch Michelle is pregnant with her 20th child.

A 20th baby for the Duggars: Too risky?

Though her last pregnancy was fraught with dangerous complications, Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting is excited to have No. 20 on the way

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
This self-published, pro-corporal punishment book has sold more than 670,000 copies, and has been found in the homes of three children who died from alleged abuse.

To Train Up A Child: The book that's leading parents to kill?

Pastor Michael Pearl defends his corporal punishment guide after it is found in the homes of three children who died from alleged abuse

Parenting Controversies : Analysis
Some parents are trying to stave off chicken pox in their children by giving their healthy kids lollipops supposedly licked by kids infected with the  virus... really.

The 'insane' mail-order 'chicken pox lollipops' craze

Parents are reportedly going to unusual lengths to expose their kids to the disease instead of getting them vaccinated. Does this make any sense?

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
A recently released 2004 video showing a Texas judge whipping his then-16-year-old daughter with a belt has ignited a fierce debate over corporal punishment.

The Texas judge who whipped his daughter: When is spanking child abuse?

A woman reignites a debate over parental discipline by posting a years-old video of her dad, a Texas judge, ferociously whipping her with his belt

Parenting Controversies : Fact Sheet
Johnson & Johnson baby shampoos may be tear-free, but they're not (yet) free of known carcinogens, according to consumer advocates who are calling for a boycott.

Are baby shampoos poisoning infants?

Consumer groups boycott Johnson & Johnson after finding trace levels of potentially dangerous chemicals in the iconic Johnson's Baby Shampoo

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
HIV test swabs incubating in New York: The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its guidelines, and now recommends that all teens aged 16 to 18 get tested for HIV if they live in high-risk areas.

Should all teenagers be tested for HIV?

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that all 16-year-olds in high-risk areas get tested — even if they're not sexually active

Parenting Controversies : Burning Question
Is a classroom devoid of technology a better one? Waldorf School advocates think so.

Do kids learn more without computers?

Waldorf schools ban computers to help kids learn through creative, tactile tasks. Funny enough, many Silicon Valley bigwigs are on board

Parenting Controversies : Instant Guide
Bobby Montoya, who has identified more with girls than with boys since he was 2, was hoping to join his local Girl Scouts troop, but was shunned by the adult in charge.

Should the Girl Scouts accept transgendered kids?

A 7-year-old boy who identifies as a girl is shunned by a local troop leader before the larger organization insists that the boy is welcome

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