There's never a shortage of news in the parenting world — from new studies to differing parenting styles. It all provides us with fodder to discuss on the playground, in the pickup line, and online. Take a look at the five stories that had our moms talking the most this week.
1. The Sweetest Way to Tell Your Kids the Truth About Santa
For the second week running, a piece that originally ran in The New York Times may have the perfect response lined up for when your kids make their inevitable inquiry about Santa. The honest, heartwarming answer got an overwhelmingly positive response from readers on our site and social media.
2. 6-Year-Old Suspended For Giving a Classmate a Kiss
The headline alone gives cause for pause, but when you read the entire story of Hunter Yelton, the first grader who was declared a sex offender by his elementary school, you'll likely agree with the majority of our readers who gave the school's ruling a big "thumbs-down!"
Keep reading to see what else had our readers talking this week!
3. 15 Awesome Mother-Son Bonding Activities
Our roundup of 15 activities designed to strengthen the mother-son bond was a popular read among moms of boys this week, with lots of readers sharing the story with friends. From a day at the zoo to a camping outing for two, we're sure that you'll find a fun, new way to spend a day (or more) just enjoying the company of your sweet son.
4. Girl Signs For Deaf Parents During School Holiday Concert
One of the most spirited parts of Christmas is watching children belt out their favorite carols, but one girl raised the level of adorable at her school's annual concert. Rather than stand still during the performance, kindergartner Claire Koch chose to sign the songs. What was meant to be a surprise for her parents, both of whom are deaf, ended up being the ultimate show stealer, and we weren't the only ones who thought so. Our readers showed their strong approval for the heartwarming story in their comments and via our Facebook page.
5. Pretty Girl Names
The best part of stories about baby-name ideas is when our readers share their own kids' names in the comments section. A story on how to choose a pretty girl's name elicited a strong response, with a whopping 1,100 of you sharing your own girls' names. If you're pregnant, the story makes a great resource for naming inspiration, and if not, it's still a really fun read!