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PD*Poll: Do you spank?

Here are the facts: at a July 4th parade in Iowa, a young mother spanked her toddler. A police officer witnessed the spanking and wrote the mom a ticket, citing her with child abuse now, she's suing the state. Who is right? Well, that depends. On a l...

PD*Poll: Would you be friends with your parents?

Sure, you may be friends with your parents. You may also SAY to people that you are friends with your parents. But, really, when you think about who your mom and dad are (granted they are still with us), as people and not as your parents, do you thi...

The new milk jug makes its debut

Would you use the new milk jug? Or, are you wedded to the cardboard cartons of what is soon to be the past? I remember when I was a kid and we got milk delivered to our house every week in a glass bottle. Nothing tasted more refreshing. By the time I...

PD*Poll: How big a deal should we make of eighth grade graduation?

In a time when American schools seem to be failing students in so many ways, celebrating the students who finish and graduate would appear to be a good thing. After all, as parents we all know that positive reinforcement is the key to raising success...

PD*Poll: Are you afraid to chaperone?

After a recent verdict, many parents in Maui, Hawaii and elsewhere in the US certainly are. Nearly $700,000 was awarded to the parents of Lauren Crossan, an eighteen-year-old who fell to her death from a Maui hotel room. The teen, who was in town w...

PD*Poll: Mom goes to jail for illegal abortion

When Cindi Cook's teenage son announced that his girlfriend was pregnant, she was certain he was not ready to be a father. So she did what any mother would do and stepped in to help the teens. Unfortunately for her, her help has landed her in jail: C...

PD*Poll: Teens sentenced to poetry classes

For the drunken teens who trashed poet Robert Frost's former home in Ripton Vermont last December, justice has been served in a rather unusual way. As you may recall, a former Middlebury college student threw an impromptu party at the historical farm...

PD*Poll: Students vote autistic 5-year-old out of class

It sounds like somebody has been watching too many reality shows. Namely, Wendy Portillo, a teacher at Morningside Elementary in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She turned her kindergarten classroom into a cruel version of Survivor by allowing her students ...

PD*Poll: The ten-year-old college kid

If you asked me, I'd say that, yeah, my kids are pretty smart. My son Jared entered kindergarten reading at a second-grade level and both he and my daughter, Sara, picked up on one-to-one correspondence pretty early. Still, I've got at least another ...

PD*poll: Transgendered third grader sparks controversy

You're cleaning out your child's back pack. Book order? Check. Field trip form? Check. Homework? Check. Notice that a male classmate will now be living as a girl, and counselors will be discussing the issue with your child tomorrow at school? Check. ...

PD*poll: Should dad be banned from son's graduation ceremony?

A new state law is keeping thirty-six year old James Jones from his son's high school graduation ceremony and he's not happy. "I'm always preaching education to my children. How does that make me look if I'm not there at graduation?" In August 2006, ...

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