Top 10 Parenting Scandals of March, 2011Bethany Hardy
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March 2, 2011: Nation breathes collective sigh of relief as Charlie Sheens toddler twins are removed from his care.
In what might be described as the Understatement of the Year, Charlie Sheens ex-wife sums up his manic meltdown in a restraining order issued on March 1: "I am very concerned that [Sheen] is currently insane." With that, Sheens 2-year-old twin sons (who had been living with the troubled actor and his two girlfriend goddesses in Beverly Hills) were removed from his care. Charlie, some advice: threatening to decapitate your baby mama does not equal #winning.Get the full story here
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March 7, 2011: Pacifiers, bottles and gummy penises: whats next for Suri Cruise?
Poor Suri Cruise cant catch a break. Controversy over the worlds most famous victim of parental judgment bubbles up yet again when the brunette beauty, a month shy of five years old, is photographed using a pacifier. But the topper comes just weeks later, when Suri was photographed holding, and witnessed consuming, some quantity of the contents of a box of Gummy Penises. Unforgivable? Maybe. But after hearing Katie Holmes rationale for allowing her daughter to nosh on boy part confections, Strollerderbys Monica Bielanko gave Suris mom a pass.Get the full story here
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March 10, 2011: Helicopter parents shell out the dough to test kids for sports genes.
In a move sure to please that obnoxious dad at your kids soccer games, genetics test manufacturers announce that parents can find out if Junior is predestined for athletic glory with the swab of a cheek. For a meager $200, a test can allegedly determine whether a child carries certain genes associated with athletic ability or if theyre better off prepping for the Debate Club.Get the full story here
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March 14, 2011: NYC mom envisions burger flipping in daughters future, sues preschool for being one big playroom.
Pay $20,000 for your childs preschool education and what do you get? I would expect her to come home daily alternating between Swahili and Russian as she recites the Declaration of Independence, offers Strollerderbys Madeleine Holler. But its no laughing matter for one irritated NYC mom, who sued her 4-year-old daughters Upper East Side preschool for not effectively preparing the girl for private school. The school claimed to prepare the little girl for the vaunted independent school entrance exam, but her mother claims that instead she was subjected to learning shapes and colors and forced to spend her time in one big playroom.Get the full story here
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March 14, 2011: Mom blogger admits to loving son a little bit more than daughter.
On the heels of a UK study revealing that one in six mothers secretly favors one of her children, mom blogger Kate Tietje reveals that she loves her son a little bit more than her daughter and takes a whuppin from the internet masses. Strollerderbys Monica Bielanko empathizes, musing that its not acknowledging the truth thats so bad, but the way in which Tietje revealed such an intimate secret: I wonder if, in the long run, such a public forum is more damaging than healing to the mother-daughter relationship shes trying so hard to forge.Get the full story here
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March 22, 2011: Abercrombie encourages the sexualization of young girls by offering push-up bras.
Bikini tops for girls are now available in three styles: triangle, bandeau and push-up? Thus reports Strollerderbys Rebecca Odes, who professes her horror upon spotting the bust-enhancing garments starting at size 7 among Abercrombies summer line up for girls. Meanwhile, an essay in the Wall Street Journal raises eyebrows about what todays post-feminist moms really think about allowing their daughters to dress like skanks. To wit, author Jennifer Moses justifies her daughters attire: What teenage girl doesn't want to be attractive, sought-after and popular?Get the full story here
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March 3, 2011: Abstinence is the new black? Study finds virginity on the rise among todays teens
Sexting, pregnancy pacts and the growing prominence of shows like MTVs Skins can make parents feel hopeless about todays teens acting responsibly when it comes to sex. But a new CDC study finds reason for optimism (and shows that parents can never, ever predict kids behavior). The study, in which 13,500 men and women aged 15 - 44 were asked about their sexual habits, found that the percentage of 15- to 24-year-old men who never had any form of sexual contact with another person rose 5 percent in a 4-6 year period, and the percentage rose 7 points in the same age category for women. In addition, 15- to 19-year-olds showed the biggest increase in abstinence.Get the full storyhere
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March 24, 2011: Mom injects 8-year-old daughter with Botox to boost her kiddie pageant prospects.
She is a lucky little girl and is going to be famous because of the benefits I am giving her so early. This is the justification San Francisco mom Kerry Campbell gives for injecting her 8-year-old daughter with Botox. Regularly. Despite the fact that not much information exists about the risks of shooting botulism toxin into young bodies, Strollerderbys Rebecca Odes sums up in three words why a parent would link the modification of her daughters body with her hopes for stardom: kiddie pageant circuit.Get the full story here
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March 24, 2011: Tourist maternity wards fan the flames of the immigration debate.
Its not illegal to travel to the United States to give birth so that your child is ensured citizenship, but what should be done when travel agents profit from the deal? Thats the latest question fueling the anti-immigration debate as authorities in San Gabriel, California, shut down three townhouses operating as maternity wards for women from China and Taiwan. The women were sent here by their families to give birth and guarantee their childrens citizenship, explains Strollerderbys Meredith Carroll, but it appears that women traveled from the Far East through an organized travel agency business.Get the full story here
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March 28, 2011: Conflicting views on breastfeeding bias obscure more troubling question: Can Brooke Shields do math?
A prominent study claiming that the public thinks breastfeeding moms are professionally incompetent is refuted by an expert who says the research involves bad science. David Berreby of Big Think suggests possible left wing bias is at play in a study that gauged participants attitudes toward (no joke!) Brooke Shields ability to do math, depending on whether they were told she bottle-fed or breastfed her children. Strollerderbys Madeline Holler reports on the specifics here, while suggesting that Maybe we as a society do think less of women who breastfeed. Hmm. Maybe we should just wait for the next study.Get the full story here
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