Smacking. Crying it out. Vaccination. Circumcision. Homeschooling. They’re the hot-button issues of parenting, guaranteed to turn Facebook into a face-off, and any backyard barbie into a boxing ring. Everyone’s got a view. Everyone knows at least someone who has the opposing view.
But do most parents agree with you on these big issues? Well, you’re about to find out.
BuzzFeed asked some 200,000 parents for their views on the most controversial topics in parenting today. These are some of the results.
Would you spank your child?
Spanking had plenty of defenders in the comments section, with some keen to point out the difference between “spanking” and “beating”. But others were aghast. “I’m disgusted at the amount of people who would spank their children,” posted Chloe Jackson.
Can a child get a well-rounded social and academic experience through homeschooling?
The comments section was flooded with people who’d been homeschooled and were keen to share their experiences of being well-socialised and achieving excellent academic results. “Don’t knock it till you try it!” wrote Kaylin Arnold.
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Would you let your baby cry it out?
This is where things got vicious. “Anyone that uses it is a disgusting person that needs an education,” wrote Danielle Myers. Other parents defended it, using their “happy” children as proof.
Is it appropriate for a baby to be breastfed in public?
Sure, it’s only 15 per cent against, but that’s 15 per cent too many. “It’s incredibly sickening how many people are against breastfeeding,” Kaelan Adal Wolf commented.
Is it appropriate to circumcise newborn boys?
This was another one where the responses got passionate. “You’d rather cut off part of your baby than teach them how to wear a condom and have safe sex?” demanded Mark Ivan Mukiibi Serunjogi. “That’s lazy and barbaric.”
Do you vaccinate your children?