The top 8 parenting controversies of 2012

Sexy photos, ugly babies, free condoms at middle school — parents had plenty to argue about this year

Lexxa Ridley strikes the classic car-babe pose in a photo posted on her Dad's eBay listing for his 1977 Datsun.
(Image credit: eBay)

Go to Amazon, do a search for "parenting" books, and you'll get about 118,039 results. Desperate moms and dads can find advice on raising healthy, happy, successful kids with a well-timed spank... or an avalanche of hugs. There are books on Grace-based Parenting, and something called Duct-tape Parenting, apparently an alternative to helicopter parenting. Caregivers, it seems, can never agree on how to do the job, and 2012 proved it. Here, a list of eight parenting controversies that heated up dinner-table conversations over the past year:

1. The dad who used pics of his scantily clad daughter to sell a car

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