Parenting Controversies

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From 1995 to 2007, at least 82 Americans died playing the "choking game," according to the CDC.

The disturbing rise of the deadly childhood 'choking game'

Researchers take a fresh look at a risky thrill that's been around for years, and health experts are alarmed at what they find

Parenting Controversies : By the numbers
The Duggar family of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" consumes three dozen eggs, three loaves of bread, and five pounds of turkey bacon in a typical day.

Inside the super-sized life of TLC's Duggar family: By the numbers

To feed their 19 children, the Arkansas family spends $3,000 a month on groceries, chowing through 48 boxes of cereal and more than 1,000 eggs

Parenting Controversies : Analysis
Girls as young as 6 are beginning to show signs of puberty, according to a new report in The New York Times Magazine.

Puberty... at 6 years old?

More and more girls are physically maturing long before they hit their teens — and doctors are worried this might be the new "normal"

Parenting Controversies : Burning Question
One mother went to extremes to put her obese 7-year-old on a diet, forbidding her to indulge in her school's Pizza Fridays and fighting with her publicly when she wanted treats.

Is forcing a 7-year-old to diet cruel?

A Manhattan mom gets a book deal — and a torrent of online scolding — after hounding her daughter into losing 16 pounds, and then documenting the process in Vogue

Parenting Controversies : Best Video
In a video posted on her blog, Alicia Silverstone spoons food into her mouth, chews it, and then orally transfers it to her 11-month-old son.

Ick factor: Why is Alicia Silverstone feeding her child like a baby bird?

The actress posts a disturbing mealtime video, and parents across the nation reach for their barf bags

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Kids in Old Colorado City won't get the thrill of the find this spring, after officials canceled an annual egg hunt thanks to pushy parents' overzealous behavior last year.

Colorado's ruined Easter egg hunt: Helicopter parents gone too far?

A beloved annual tradition is wrecked by inexcusably childish behavior — from the parents, not the kids

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Some Massachusetts middle-schoolers will soon be able to get free condoms from the school nurse, but first they'll have to sit through a lecture on sex education.

Free condoms... for 12-year-olds?

A Massachusetts school district plans to give middle schoolers prophylactics and a sex-ed lecture. Many parents are less than pleased

Parenting Controversies : The List
The father of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty queen who was killed in 1996, now says child pageants are bad for young girls.

5 reasons child pageants are bad for kids

The father of murdered child pageant contestant JonBenet Ramsey regrets letting her compete in beauty contests — and calls Toddlers and Tiaras "bizarre"

Parenting Controversies : Best Column
Thanks the to ubiquity of internet-connected cameras, young teens have developed an unprecedented level of self-consciousness and an obsession with sexing it up to solicit more "Likes" on Facebook.

How Facebook is sexualizing young girls

Teen girls have always obsessed over their looks, says Randye Hoder at The New York Times. But social networking is pushing them to a disturbing extreme

Parenting Controversies : Fact Sheet
Snoring during sleep can impede the development of young brains by disrupting their supply of oxygen, researchers say.

Does snoring make kids crazy?

A new study suggests that children with behavior problems might just need a good night's sleep

Parenting Controversies : Best Video
A young girl asks "Am I ugly?" in an unsettling internet video: Dozens of teens and tweens have uploaded YouTube videos asking similar questions.

'Am I ugly?': The 'disturbing' teen YouTube trend

As if growing up weren't hard enough already, kids are now posting their insecure inquiries online, prompting a stream of "vicious remarks" from "internet trolls"

Parenting Controversies : Instant Guide
An increasing number of youngsters in New York are delighting in a trendy new beverage: The babyccino.

Babyccinos: Do kids really need espresso?

In Brooklyn, hipster parents are ordering up foamy decaf treats... for 2-year-olds

Parenting Controversies : Controversy
Writer Pamela Druckerman argues that French parents are superior to their American counterparts because they don't cater to their whiny kids' every whim.

Are French moms better than Americans?

Apparently, tiger moms aren't the only ones who are superior. Writer Pamela Druckerman insists French mothers raise better behaved youngsters, too

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Fifth graders at a Minnesota elementary school were recently caught playing a disturbing form of freeze tag in which kids have to hump each other to be unfrozen.

'Rape tag': The 'disgusting' new schoolyard game

Elementary students in Minnesota alarm parents and educators with a variation of freeze tag in which participants hump one another to be unfrozen

Parenting Controversies : Analysis
Some experts argue that registering autistic children with local police can help officers more sensitively diffuse situations involving an autistic child.

Registering autistic children with the police: A strategic idea?

A new Canadian program is supposed to help officers defuse confrontations using sensitivity rather than force. But what about privacy?

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Expanding the Americans with Disabilities Act to include pregnant women could legally secure more adequate working environments for expectant moms, argues an Ohio professor.

Should pregnancy be labeled a disability?

An Ohio professor argues that expectant moms need legal protection so the strains of pregnancy don't cost them their jobs

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