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Top parenting controversies of 2013

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Top parenting controversies of 2013

As we all take deep breaths to plunge into the New Year here's a roundup of some of the parenting stories that caught our eyes this year. Maria Kang, the "What's Your Excuse" mom This may be the year the "MILF" phenomenon hit a new low: Moms shaming moms for their bodies, or for prioritizing their health and fitness (depending on which side of the controversy they fall on).  I completely agree with my colleague's remark that we don't see dads doing this kind of thing. iPad bouncy seat and other parenting controversies The iPad bouncy seat takes time to shower too far? Fisher-Price, the company that has brought my family some of its most beloved baby toys, took technology integration to a new level with its iPad-holding bouncy seat. Screen time is definitely a hot button for a lot of families trying to balance the up and down sides of technology at home; I'm not sure we need furniture that makes it an issue this early. Pink's husband Carey Hart learns we're all Elmer the Safety Elephant, especially on social media Pink fans and Twitter followers didn't find pictures of Pink's daughter Willow going for her first motorcycle ride with Carey Hart all that amusing, because Willow clearly had no helmet on. It goes to show it takes a village, and Twitter is the village of the moment. Canadian mother filmed in "baby factory" piece A 54-year-old mother returned to Canada with a baby birthed in India to a surrogate mother, according to a BBC documentary, raising issues around access to infertility treatments, surrogacy, and maternal age in this country. Matt Walsh discovers the mommy wars When blogger Matt Walsh wrote his post defending his stay-at-home wife he probably didn't expect almost 12,000 comments in response, proving the online mommy wars are, indeed, ongoing. The "affluenza defence" puts indulgent parenting on the stand  In Texas a judge put a teen whose drunk driving resulted in the deaths of four people on 10 years' probation, after lawyers argued that his parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility. A little work on our kids' social responsibility goes a long way. Some more controversies we discussed: Which parenting stories caught your eye this year?
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