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Top 10 Parenting Scandals of March, 2011

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    March 2, 2011: Nation breathes collective sigh of relief as Charlie Sheen’s toddler twins are removed from his care.

    Charlie Sheen’s toddler twins In what might be described as the Understatement of the Year, Charlie Sheen’s 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, Sheen’s 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.

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    March 7, 2011: Pacifiers, bottles and gummy penises: what’s next for Suri Cruise?

    Charlie Sheen’s toddler twins Poor Suri Cruise can’t catch a break. Controversy over the world’s 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, Strollerderby’s Monica Bielanko gave Suri’s mom a pass.

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    March 10, 2011: Helicopter parents shell out the dough to test kids for “sports genes.”

    Helicopter parents shell out the dough to test kids for “sports genes.” In a move sure to please that obnoxious dad at your kid’s 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 they’re better off prepping for the Debate Club.

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    March 14, 2011: NYC mom envisions burger flipping in daughter’s future, sues preschool for being “one big playroom.”

    NYC mom envisions burger flipping in daughter’s future Pay $20,000 for your child’s 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 Strollerderby’s Madeleine Holler. But it’s no laughing matter for one irritated NYC mom, who sued her 4-year-old daughter’s 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.”

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    March 14, 2011: Mom blogger admits to loving son “a little bit more” than daughter.

    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. Strollerderby’s Monica Bielanko empathizes, musing that it’s not acknowledging the truth that’s 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 she’s trying so hard to forge.”

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    March 22, 2011: Abercrombie encourages the sexualization of young girls by offering push-up bras.

    Mom blogger admits to loving son “a little bit more” than daughter. Bikini tops for girls are now available in three styles: triangle, bandeau and … push-up? Thus reports Strollerderby’s Rebecca Odes, who professes her horror upon spotting the bust-enhancing garments starting at size 7 among Abercrombie’s summer line up for girls. Meanwhile, an essay in the Wall Street Journal raises eyebrows about what today’s post-feminist moms really think about allowing their daughters to dress like skanks. To wit, author Jennifer Moses justifies her daughter’s attire: “What teenage girl doesn't want to be attractive, sought-after and popular?”

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    March 3, 2011: Abstinence is the new black? Study finds virginity on the rise among today’s teens

    Mom blogger admits to loving son “a little bit more” than daughter. Sexting, “pregnancy pacts” and the growing prominence of shows like MTV’s Skins can make parents feel hopeless about today’s 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.

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    March 24, 2011: Mom injects 8-year-old daughter with Botox to boost her kiddie pageant prospects.

    Mom injects 8-year-old daughter with Botox “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, Strollerderby’s Rebecca Odes sums up in three words why a parent would link “the modification of her daughter’s body with her hopes for stardom”: kiddie pageant circuit.

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    March 24, 2011: “Tourist maternity wards” fan the flames of the immigration debate.

    Tourist maternity wards It’s 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? That’s 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 children’s citizenship, explains Strollerderby’s Meredith Carroll, but “it appears that women traveled from the Far East through an organized travel agency business.”

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    March 28, 2011: Conflicting views on breastfeeding bias obscure more troubling question: Can Brooke Shields do math?

    Conflicting views on breastfeedingA 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. Strollerderby’s 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.

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