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Top 10 Parenting Scandals of September, 2011

From toddler hooker costumes to a full-grown man drinking breast milk, it’s been quite the month in parenting news!

We’ve rounded up the top ten news stories that had parents talking during the month of September.

Take a look, and tell us your thoughts in the comments — which one did you think was most ridiculous?



  • September 4, 2011: Pageant mom dresses toddler like prostitute 1 of 10
    September 4, 2011: Pageant mom dresses toddler like prostitute
    "Toddlers & Tiaras" is always pretty cringe-worthy, but a recent episode took it to new lows when one pageant mom had her 3-year-old dress up as Julia Roberts' prostitute character from Pretty Woman, complete with black, high, shiny boots.
    Read the full story here
  • September 6, 2011: Mom leaves baby in car while tanning 2 of 10
    September 6, 2011: Mom leaves baby in car while tanning
    You'd think parents would have figured out the "don't leave your baby in a hot car" thing by now, but Imene Nouis, a 31-year-old mom from Colorado left her one-year-old child in her car during a trip to a tanning salon. Luckily, someone spotted the baby and notified the authorities, and they safely removed the baby from the vehicle, which had already shot up to 135 degrees.
    Read the full story here
  • September 7, 2011: JC Penney backs out of promise to help families 3 of 10
    September 7, 2011: JC Penney backs out of promise to help families
    This hasn't been a good month for JC Penney. Just days after resolving the "I'm too pretty to do homework" girls' t-shirt controversy, JC Penney was noted to have backed out of their agreement with six other companies to help the families of workers who died in a major factory fire in Bangladesh.
    Read the full story here
  • September 7, 2011: Couple loses custody of kids due to obesity 4 of 10
    September 7, 2011: Couple loses custody of kids due to obesity
    We all know purposely not feeding your kids enough is child abuse, but what about feeding your kids too much? After being monitored for three years by social services, a Scottish couple lost custody of their four youngest children because they were obese and weren't showing improvement.
    Read the full story here
  • September 9, 2011: Daycare drugs kids to sleep 5 of 10
    September 9, 2011: Daycare drugs kids to sleep
    Kimberly Lane, a daycare owner in Texas was arrested and charged with 16 counts of child endangerment after an employee called police and said she was mixing an over-the-counter antihistamine with milk to serve to the children at lunch so that they would go to sleep after lunch. Lane also allegedly slapped the kids and would punish them by turning the air conditioning down.
    Read the full story here
  • September 12, 2011: Study says Spongebob could cause attention problems 6 of 10
    September 12, 2011: Study says Spongebob could cause attention problems
    A study in the journal Pediatrics did a study comparing 60 4-year-olds after watching 9 minutes of TV — half watched an episode of Spongebob while the other half watched the much more slower-paced Callilou. The preschoolers who watched Spongebob ended up scoring considerably lower than the others.
    Read the full story here
  • September 13, 2011: Couple arrested for feeding baby apple juice, soy milk 7 of 10
    September 13, 2011: Couple arrested for feeding baby apple juice, soy milk
    A vegan couple from Atlanta were arrested for the death of their 6-week-old baby, who starved to death after being fed only soy milk and apple juice. The couple didn't seek help for their baby, who wasted away to a mere 3.5 pounds.
    Read the full story here
  • September 14, 2011: Dr. Oz finds arsenic in apple juice 8 of 10
    September 14, 2011: Dr. Oz finds arsenic in apple juice
    "The Dr. Oz Show" created quite a stir when it tested popular brands of apple juice and found arsenic levels that were considerably higher than what the EPA recommends for drinking water.
    Read the full story here
  • September 20, 2011: Man goes on all-breast milk diet 9 of 10
    September 20, 2011: Man goes on all-breast milk diet
    A dad named "Curtis" on the blog he started announced that he was starting an experiment to see how long he could survive drinking from the excess storage of breast milk his wife had stored up in the freezer. Curtis only lasted a few days before shutting down the website and experiment due to backlash they had received. Curtis and his wife instead donated the milk.
    Read the full story here
  • September 22, 2011: Bullied, gay teen commits suicide 10 of 10
    September 22, 2011: Bullied, gay teen commits suicide
    Yet another heartbreaking story of teen bullying resulting in the loss of a young life. After coming out as bisexual in 8th grade, Jamey was bullied relentlessly online with homophobic slurs. Jamey seemed to have hope for a better future and even contributed a YouTube video to the It Gets Better campaign, but a few weeks after he started his freshmen year, he committed suicide.
    Read the full story here
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