SmackDown: Is Suspension Too Severe a Punishment for a Facebook Post?

Is it OK to take out your math frustrations on your teacher? Credit: John Macdougall, AFP
Freedom of (Nasty) Speech Extends to Teenagers by Tom Henderson Imagine if t...
Does freedom of speech extend to Facebook?

SmackDown: Should Parents Drug Test Their Kids?

Is drug testing your kids a deterrent or a sign that you're not paying attention as a parent? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Drug Testing Kids in the Comfort of Home is So Not Comforting by Dori Hartley How ...
Would you drug test your kids at home? These two ParentDish writers duke it out.

SmackDown: Should Parents Expect Pricey Preschools to Get Their Kids into the Ivy League?

Look, Ma! I'm preschool valedictorian! Illustration by Dori Hartley
Parent Deserves Preschool Services She Paid (a Lot) to Receive by Tom Henderson Academic pressure can wait. Preschool should be a time for singi...
A N.Y. mom is suing her child's former preschool for not delivering on its academic promises. Discuss.

SmackDown: Should Women Have Home Births?

Illustration by Dori Hartley
Home Birth? Here's Why You're Wrong to Choose One by Tom Henderson First of all, ladies, let it be known I have no dog in this fight. As a male, I will never personally experience ...
Home birth or hospital delivery? Two parents debate.

SmackDown: Would You Publicly Punish Your Child?

If you wear your failure, will you be motivated to improve? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Public Punishment Is a Much-Needed Dose of Discipline by Jessica Samakow I always wondered about the slackers in hig...
Is public punishment tough love? Or just humiliation?

SmackDown: Should Teachers Be Allowed to Blog About Their Students?

Act up in class, read about it in tomorrow's teacher blog. Illustration by Dori Hartley
Blogging About Your Students Is Not a Fireable Offense by Amy Hatch After venting about her students online, a teache...
A teacher is under fire for blogging about her students.

SmackDown: Would You Punish Your Teen if You Caught Him in the Act?

When you catch your teen in the act, it's mortifying for everyone. Illustration by Dori Hartley
I Wouldn't Freak Out, and I Wouldn't Ground My Kid for Life by Brett Singer One of my favorite comic book series ...
When you catch your teen in the act, it's mortifying for everyone. But is it grounds for punishment?

SmackDown: Would You Make Your Kid Drink Hot Sauce as Punishment?

Is making your kid drink hot sauce child abuse? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Hot Sauce Doesn't Constitute Child Abuse by Tom Henderson Ohmigod! Another child killed by hot sauce! When will this madness end?! ...
Sure, drinking hot sauce isn't pleasant, but is it child abuse?

SmackDown: Would You Let Your Tween Wear Makeup?

Is there anything wrong with a little bit of lip gloss? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Forget the Face Paint and Let Kids Be Kids by Amy Hatch When I was in sixth grade, I was pretty tight with two other gir...
A dab of gloss, a touch of eyeshadow ... is it all just for play, or is makeup harmful for tweens?

SmackDown: Should You Let Your Teen Get Plastic Surgery?

If your teen doesn't feel pretty, does that justify plastic surgery? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Let My Kid Get Plastic Surgery? Not on My Watch by Jo Parente Recent news: A 15-year-old girl hates her appear...
The rise in teen plastic surgery has us wondering if letting our kids get surgically altered is a good parenting move.

SmackDown: Should There Be Random Drug Testing in Middle School?

How young is too young for random drug testing? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Paranoid Police State for My 12-year-Old? My Wrath Will Scare Her Straight, Not Random Drug Testing by Dori Hartley Let's jump r...
Are middle-schoolers too young to be randomly drug tested?

SmackDown: Is Ted Williams a Positive Role Model for Your Kids?

Ted Williams has had a helluva week. Credit: Peter Kramer, NBC / AP
It's Redemption Time for Ted Williams - and He Deserves Our Support by Dori Hartley Ted Williams deserves a second chance. And, thanks to Do...
Ted Williams went from homeless panhandler to Internet sensation in less than a week. But should we be lauding his story to our kids as a tale of success?

SmackDown: Should Parents Teach Teens How to Drive?

Are parents really the best driving instructors? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Parents and Teens Will Drive Each Other Crazy by Jessica Samakow If your kids wanted to go skydiving, would you teach them how to jump your...
When it comes to teen driving, are parents the best teachers? Or is it time to call in the pros?

SmackDown: Should Parents Give Gifts to Adult Children?

Mother and daughter battle it out. Is their presence present enough? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Unwrapping Never Gets Old ... Even As I Do by Amanda Feinberg I love receiving gifts. Who doesn't? But when it comes to ...
It's the thought that counts. Maybe.

SmackDown: Should a Former Prostitute Be Allowed to Teach in Public School?

The oldest profession is also one of the most controversial. Illustration by Christopher Healy
Being an Ex-Hooker Isn't the Same as Being an Ex-Accountant by Jessica Samakow "So tell me something unique about you that isn...
Sex ed in school is one thing, but what about a former sex worker? Two ParentDish writers battle it out over whether an ex-prostitute should be able to teach your kids.


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