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Popular Parenting Stories the Week of Sept. 23-29, 2013

The 5 Most-Talked-About POPSUGAR Moms Stories This Week

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. Walmart Pulls Disturbing Halloween Costume From Shelves
  2. The "Naughty Leopard" toddler-size Halloween costume that somehow made its way onto Walmart's shelves, then was quickly pulled from them, earned a resounding seal of disapproval from our readers. While some of you thought that naysayers should loosen up a bit and take the name at face value ("Get your mind out of the gutter!" one mom commented), others weren't comfortable with the fact that the costume's name could have sexual connotations.

  3. 4 Things Not to Say to Single Moms

  4. Our lighthearted take on real moms' feedback on what not to say to a single mom was a popular read this week! "What gets me is when happily married women tell me how much worse things could be for me. Oh gosh — really? I had no idea!" one reader commented. Single and married moms alike may benefit (or at least get a laugh from . . .) our roundup of the most offensive conversational faux pas.

Keep reading to see what other stories had our readers talking this week!

  1. 4 Awesome Apps For Preserving Your Kids' Artwork
  2. A new trend that we can't get enough of, apps designed to preserve our kids' artwork are such a smart fix to the endless piles of masterworks that we all amass over the years. Our readers agreed, giving our roundup of four of the best digital galleries available from the App Store a resounding "like"!

  3. 7 Books to Help Kids Better Understand Puberty
  4. Awkward alert! Try as we might, our babies won't stay babies forever. When adolescence rears its challenging head, it's time to have "the talk," or, more likely, a series of talks, to explain exactly what becoming an adult entails. While it might not be the most glamorous read around, our post on books to help lead the conversation was a popular one this week.

  5. 5 Signs You're Being a "Peerent," Not a Parent
  6. It was a hot topic, but our readers' responses to this tongue-in-cheek look at how to be a parent instead of trying too hard to be our kids' BFFs were definitely a mixed bag! Some got a kick out of the movie and TV references to some of the most cringe-worthy parents of the big and small screen, while others couldn't help but take offense to our suggested tactics.

Sources: ABC, Thinkstock, and KATU
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