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29 Of The Toughest Parenting Questions Answered

Shaming? Spanking? Circumcision? BuzzFeed Life asked parents where they stood.

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Do most people love their kids more than their spouse? When is the right time to let your kid have a cell phone? Do most people breastfeed? Last week, BuzzFeed Life published a survey using our very technical polling feature to find out where readers stood on some of the biggest parenting debates of today and around 117,000 people responded. So now you can finally know.

1. Who do you love the most?

Our first question was no contest; 70% of respondents couldn't compare the two.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Our first question was no contest; 70% of respondents couldn't compare the two.

2. To spank or not to spank?

This surprised us -- one of the most debated topics in the comments was also our only even split.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

This surprised us -- one of the most debated topics in the comments was also our only even split.

3. Is public shaming good parenting?

The overwhelming majority of readers opted out of public shaming as a disciplinary tactic.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

The overwhelming majority of readers opted out of public shaming as a disciplinary tactic.

4. How'd you feed your baby?

100% of respondents fed their children one way or another.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

100% of respondents fed their children one way or another.

5. Do you share photos of your kids online?

We were impressed that 14% of readers were able to resist the lure to share.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

We were impressed that 14% of readers were able to resist the lure to share.

6. How good of a parent do you think you are?

Just under half of parents considered themselves average at the job.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Just under half of parents considered themselves average at the job.

7. How good of a parent do you think your partner is?

Respondents had a slightly better view of their spouses than themselves.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Respondents had a slightly better view of their spouses than themselves.

8. At what age is it appropriate for a kid to get a cell phone?

1,040 people felt Kindergarten was the right age for a cell phone.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

1,040 people felt Kindergarten was the right age for a cell phone.

9. Co-sleeping, yes or no?

Also surprisingly neck in neck were the dangers of co-sleeping vs the benefits of sleep.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Also surprisingly neck in neck were the dangers of co-sleeping vs the benefits of sleep.

10. Let's talk about vaccinations.

The overwhelming majority of parents said they vaccinate without question.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

The overwhelming majority of parents said they vaccinate without question.

11. Kids and screen time?

98% of reader's kids are using some form of technology.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

98% of reader's kids are using some form of technology.

12. Do you kiss your kids on the lips?

Aw, we're sorry 10%.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Aw, we're sorry 10%.

13. Have you ever caught yourself repeating something your parents said to you?

Looks like the majority of us are turning in to our parents.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Looks like the majority of us are turning in to our parents.

14. Where do you stand on circumcision?

Another issue that sparked hot debate in the comments, the circumcision question was also shared the most via social media.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Another issue that sparked hot debate in the comments, the circumcision question was also shared the most via social media.

15. How do you deal with picky eaters?

Most parents were unwilling to sway to their little ones culinary whims.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Most parents were unwilling to sway to their little ones culinary whims.

16. Let's talk about GMOs.

More people were concerned about the effect of GMOs than we had anticipated.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

More people were concerned about the effect of GMOs than we had anticipated.

17. Are you cool with underage drinking?

24% of parents said they would not tolerate any underage drinking whatsoever.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

24% of parents said they would not tolerate any underage drinking whatsoever.

18. Who has it harder?

78% of parents weren't going to touch this one.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

78% of parents weren't going to touch this one.

19. Cry it out?

22% of us are weak-willed.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

22% of us are weak-willed.

20. Home birth?

If only the women of the olden days could see us now.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

If only the women of the olden days could see us now.

21. Epidural or not.

52% of respondents were not down with pain.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

52% of respondents were not down with pain.

22. Do you have a favorite kid?

32% of parents took this poll with only one of their kids in the room.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

32% of parents took this poll with only one of their kids in the room.

23. Do you party in front of your kid?

Apparently 5% of us can't stop won't stop.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Apparently 5% of us can't stop won't stop.

24. Who will teach your kids about sex?

78% of parents should probably read this post before moving forward with that talk.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

78% of parents should probably read this post before moving forward with that talk.

25. How's your relationship with your partner?

Contrary to what "they" always tell you, it seems having kids has brought 33% of readers closer to their partner.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Contrary to what "they" always tell you, it seems having kids has brought 33% of readers closer to their partner.

26. How is your sex life?

Surprisingly, kids haven't put a damper on as many sex lives as we would have thought.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Surprisingly, kids haven't put a damper on as many sex lives as we would have thought.

27. What's your ideal number of kids?

Most parents said they'd stop at two if things went their way.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Most parents said they'd stop at two if things went their way.

28. What do you think of the Duggars?

59% of parents didn't dig the Duggar vibe.
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

59% of parents didn't dig the Duggar vibe.

29. Do you judge other parents?

Are you doing it right now?
Jennny Chang / BuzzFeed

Are you doing it right now?

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