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.
- The Dangerous "Challenge" to Discuss With Your Kids
More than 300 readers have weighed in on the dangers of the "Cinnamon Challenge." The challenge, which involves kids challenging each other to swallow a tablespoonful of the spice (without any liquids) in a minute, has led to choking, aspirating, asthma attacks, and hospitalization for collapsed lungs. For the most part, readers are outraged by the entire concept.
- Does Birth Order Affect Your Child's Personality?
More than 180 Moms readers have chimed in on how birth order affects their kids' personalities. A lot of factors can affect your child's personality, such as age, gender, the gap between siblings, family income, demographics, and more. But generally speaking, eldest children "identify with parents and authority and support the status quo, whereas younger children rebel against it," according to Frank Sulloway, adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of the world's experts on birth order and family dynamics.
Keep reading for the rest of the most-talked-about stories this week.
- It's Not Just a Snip
More than 100 readers voiced support for one mom's explanation of what it's like to have your tubes tied. With a mix of relief and regret, the mom shares her experience and what it has meant for her in the years since the surgery.
- Firefighters Rescue a Baby From a Sewer Pipe
We're not even the slightest bit surprised that readers were shocked to learn about the newborn who was rescued from a sewer pipe in China. The story — about a woman who gave birth in a public bathroom and then let the baby slip into the pipe — gained worldwide attention after it took firefighters two hours to remove the baby from the pipe.
- Tween Wears Thrift Store Clothes as Punishment
One mom's response to her daughter bullying another tween about her clothes won the approval of POPSUGAR Moms. After teasing another 10-year-old girl about her appearance, a Salt Lake City, UT, mom forced her daughter to wear unattractive thrift store clothes as punishment.