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.
- What Not to Say When You're Disappointed With Your Child
The topic of disciplining kids is always a hot button issue among the playground set, and with 658 readers reacting to this story, it was no exception. Moms were quick to share their personal experiences and insight after reading this piece on the best ways to discipline your children without damaging their self-esteem.
- When to Stop Helping Your Kids in the Bath
Every child matures at his or her own rate, and when to give your kids privacy at bath time is a tricky topic. One thing that we learned from moms' responses to this story is that there's no hard-and-fast rule for when to let your little one bathe him- or herself. It's all about knowing your child and trusting your instincts.
- The Healthiest Fast-Food Options For Busy Families
Figuring out what to feed your family when the drive-through window is your only option is a challenge for nutritionally-minded mamas. Our guide to the healthiest options for kids when you're in a rush got a lot of you talking. Check out the story to learn which destinations offer the smart options for families on the run.
- Teen Humiliated by TSA Worker
A story that made headlines in the national news last week was also a hot topic among our readers. The founder of the website Boing Boing was outraged when a TSA worker at Los Angeles International Airport told his teenage daughter to "cover herself." Readers' reactions were mixed about who was at fault here — some thought that the 15-year-old was too scantily clad, some thought that the TSA employee was overstepping boundaries, and others thought that her dad should have kept the matter private.
- Why We Don't Do Sleepovers
Of the 148 readers who responded to this story on why some moms are against teen slumber parties, reactions were extremely varied. Some thought that prohibiting sleepovers was too extreme, others emphasized the importance of knowing the families of their kids' friends, and still others agreed that it's best for teens and tweens to spend the night in their own homes.
Keep reading for the rest of the most-talked-about stories this week.