Parenting Controversies

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Alaina Giordano lost custody of her 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son because of her Stage 4 breast cancer, and has launched an appeal to get her kids back.

The mom who lost her kids because she has breast cancer

Alaina Giordano lost a custody battle, and the judge cited her illness as a major contributing factor. Should she win her appeal?

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Only seven people know the gender of a newborn named Storm, and the child's Canadian parents want to keep it that way.

Should a baby's gender be kept a secret?

A Canadian couple isn't telling whether their 4-month-old baby is a boy or a girl. Will that foster personal freedom, or just create confusion?

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
The 8-year-old at the center of the Botox scandal has reportedly been returned to her mother, Sheena Upton, who swore under oath that the story was a fake.

The 'crazy' Botox mom hoax: How low can she go?

A California mother says a British tabloid paid her $200 to lie about injecting her 8-year-old daughter with Botox. Is she too irresponsible to be a parent?

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Chuck E. Cheese's arcade games create the same highs and lows that adult gamblers experience in Las Vegas, claims one litigation-minded California mother.

Is Chuck E. Cheese creating tiny gambling addicts?

A mom claims the restaurant's arcade games are like kiddie slot machines. She wants them removed — plus millions in damages

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
After receiving Botox injections from her mother, 8-year-old Britney was taken by social services officials and put under the care of relatives.

Botox on an 8-year-old: Child abuse?

A San Francisco mom loses custody of her daughter after admitting she gave the young girl cosmetic treatments before a beauty pageant

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Bottles aren't necessarily bad for babies, but a new study says kids who are bottle-fed past age 2 are more at risk for obesity later in childhood.

Does bottle-feeding make kids obese?

Giving kids bottles when they're perfectly able to use cups increases the odds that they'll be fat by kindergarten, concludes a new study

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Though medical studies show that circumcision can help prevent sexually transmitted diseases, critics argue that the procedure does more harm than good.

Is circumcision good medicine?

An effort to ban the procedure in San Francisco gets a step closer to earning a spot on the ballot

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Practicing cursive may strengthen connections between hand and brain, but some argue that penmanship has become an irrelevant skill.

Should kids still learn cursive handwriting?

In this digital era, schools are spending less time teaching penmanship — a big mistake according to childhood developmental experts

Parenting Controversies : Fact Sheet
New babies negatively effect the relationship of up to two-thirds of parents, according to new research. Some pre-baby counseling may be the answer.

How to babyproof your marriage

New parents often find that their relationship suffers under the stress of caring for a baby. Counselors say a little training can prevent fights before they happen

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
A new study claims that self-absorbed lyrics in songs like Beyonce's chart-topping hits has encouraged a "me"-centric attitude in the younger generation.

Is Beyoncé making kids narcissistic?

A new analysis of pop music suggests that egotism-promoting tunes are turning kids into full-blown egomaniacs

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Some commentators think that requiring preschoolers to wear uniforms will reduce their anxiety over dressing "right."

Should toddlers have to wear school uniforms?

More and more preschools are putting their students in matching outfits. Will this help little kids focus on learning or squelch their creativity? 

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
The 12.5 pound Baby Jordan, here with by his mother, was expected to top out at 11 pounds.

The 'ginormous' 12.5-pound newborn

A Milwaukee woman gives birth to a baby the size of a 4-month-old

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
Grade-school kids play in a Minnesota chess tournament: In Armenia, all students will be required to take chess lessons to improve their critical thinking skills.

Should all kids be forced to play chess?

Armenia is making the game mandatory for schoolchildren. Will that make them smarter?

Parenting Controversies : Petty Controversy
Two wine labels are competing for the same market: Stressed moms who covet an alcoholic break.

Petty controversy: Battle of the 'Mommy' wines

Two wine labels target overworked mothers in desperate need of Chardonnay — and one is taking the rivalry to the courts

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
A 10-year-old Australian boy (not pictured), who's been living for years as a girl, will be allowed to take sex-change therapy drugs to delay male puberty.

Is 10 years old too young for a sex change?

A judge in Australia OKs preliminary sex-change therapy for a 10-year-old boy who's been living as a girl

Parenting Controversies : Opinion Brief
A blood sample is taken from a baby's heel after birth: More and more parents say they would consider screening their child's genes for risks of cancer and other diseases.

Should parents have their kids genetically tested for diseases?

Pediatricians advise against screening children for health problems they might face as adults. But many parents want to do it anyway

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