Most controversial parenting debates of 2015
Several controversial parenting topics got our parents all worked up this year. Here they are:
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C-section vs natural birth

Many women are choosing to have a c-section, for various reasons, while others prefer to have a natural birth. The internet is full of blogs, forums and Facebook commentary about moms judging other moms for how they choose to give birth.  

Read more: Twins: A natural and C-section birth story 

Vaccination

The Department of Health recommends a wide range of vaccines for babies. Vaccines prevent many serious common illnesses and death but some parents feel that some of the alleged side effects of these vaccines aren't worth the risk. Educating yourself about vaccines from reputable medical sources really is necessary if you're a doubter.

We feel that life-threatening illness like measles and polio are a major cause for concern and that vaccinating your child against them and other illnesses should be a no-brainer, especially as it can help create herd immunity and protect those kids who can't be vaccinated. 

Read more: Do you really need to vaccinate your kids?

Breastfeeding in public

Donald Trump made headlines in July this year when he allegedly expressed his 'disgust' for a woman who ran out of a meeting with him so that she could pump breast milk to feed her baby.  

Following this came many other headlines related to women and breastfeeding and it seems that the general consensus is that women should be free to breastfeed their babies in public if need be. 

Read more: 4 reasons to never breastfeed your baby in public

Stay at home vs working parents 

Many parents choose to stay at home, especially during the first few months of their baby's life. Other parents can't afford to live off of one parent's salary so both parents return to work shortly after the birth of their child. 

When both parents need to work in order to support the family, alternative childcare (crèche, preschool, nannies and au pairs) is needed. Other parents feel strongly about staying at home to be with their child and feel that they wouldn't want to miss out on their child's life.

Another common opinion is that stay at home parents don't want someone else raising their child, while working parents feel that stay at home parents are privileged. 

Read more: How to save money as a stay-at-home-parent

Religious vs secular schools

Religion is always an argued topic no matter which context it's in. Many schools offer religious studies as part of their curriculum and in some schools it's compulsory.

Some parents believe that their children should be free to believe in what they want to while other would prefer that the school they attend encourages religious belief.

Read more: When your children are in a religious school and you are an atheist  

Homework vs no homework

In recent news some schools have chosen to do away with homework completely, particularly at a junior school level where the focus is more on practical skills and where younger children don't cope with hours of academic work after school.

While some parents believe that homework is an important part of schooling, others feel that it hinders a child's opportunity to play and develop in other ways. 

Read more: #Homeworkmustfall: parents weigh in

Sleep training

When it comes to sleep training, the amount of techniques and methods are as endless as they are debatable. 

Sleep is crucial to any parent and child. We all have our own views on sleep training and whether you believe that your child should self sooth or have regular sleeping times, there'll always be another parent who thinks otherwise. 

Read more: Top 7 tips for a much better sleep

Divorce

When a marriage becomes so broken that the relationship between both parents affects the children some parents will agree that there are cases where separating is better for the children. 

Other parents strongly believe that they need to stay together for the kids, no matter how much the marriage itself has dissolved. 

It's a touchy subject that involves many different components and factors to consider. 

Read more: When separating is better for the kids

Only child vs siblings 

There are many stereotypes associated with an only child

Some parents feel that it is better for children to grow up with siblings, while others aren't always able to conceive again, or perhaps aren't financially ready to add another child to the family. 

Whatever the reasons, it's important that people don't judge another person's decision to not have another child. 

Read more: Welcoming another sibling  

Judging non parents

There are many couples who either choose not to have kids or are unable to conceive. 

Women in their mid to late thirties without children are often questioned as to whether or not they're wanting to have kids. It may be a sensitive and very personal subject for any couple to have to talk about and it's worth being mindful of that. 

Read more: An open letter to all parents (from a non parent)

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