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.
- Does Birth Order Affect Brain Power in Your Family?
A recent report that found that first-born children perform better in school than their younger siblings truly got our readers talking! Researchers attributed the findings to being a case of nurture over nature, citing the "lazy parent theory" — by kids number two, three, and beyond, parents go easier on their children — to the extent that they don't achieve as much academically. Moms were quick to share how the theory rang true — or false — in their own homes.
- Second-Grade Teacher Writes Grades on Students' Foreheads A second-grade teacher in Texas has taken a controversial approach to motivating his students. In an attempt to inspire them to perform well academically, he's taken a cue from The Scarlet Letter and has been writing the kids' grades on their arms and foreheads. For the most part, our readers shared their disapproval over the questionable practice.
Keep reading to see what else had our moms talking this week!
- Judge Orders Mother to Stop Breastfeeding Is it ever acceptable for a court of law to dictate how a mother chooses to feed her baby? During a custody hearing, Jessica Moser, the mother of a 10-month-old baby girl, was forced to move her daughter to a bottle so the infant's father could take her for overnight visits. Do you think that this was an equitable ruling or an unfair use of the judge's power?
- Teen Suspended For Dressing Like a Homeless Man For Drama Class For his drama class, Pittsburgh, PA, teen Michael Bodomov was tasked with creating a character and acting like that person for an entire day. He chose to dress up as a homeless man and was so convincing that when he showed up for school the administration didn’t recognize him and called the police. When he explained the assignment, he received a two-day suspension for insubordination. Most of our readers gave the ruling a big "thumbs-down," as at the end of the day, all Bodomov did was take his teacher's instructions seriously.
- A Puberty Time Line: When to Shave, Buy a Bra, and More
Our guide to dealing with all of the joys of adolescence proved a popular read among moms who are gearing up for some challenging talks in the near future. This time line tackles it all, from buying a first bra to introducing deodorant to your kids' daily routines!