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We Asked Parents All The Questions That Make Them Squirm

BuzzFeed Life asked over 200,000 parents about everything from homeschooling to elective C-section.

We used BuzzFeed’s “highly scientific” polling function to find out how parents really feel about the most controversial topics in parenting.

1. Can a child get a well-rounded social and academic experience through homeschooling?

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Over 150,500 people don’t believe they can.

2. Is it appropriate for a baby to be breastfed in public?

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Eighty-five percent of respondents gave a resounding HELL YES.

3. Is it appropriate to circumcise newborn boys?

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This topic got heated in the comments, with a very vocal 71% coming down against circumcision.

4. Would you spank your child?

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Our audience is pretty split on this, with nearly 106,000 people saying no, while just under 100,000 people said they would.

5. Would you let your baby cry it out?

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About 117,000 readers said no to this form of sleep training.

6. Do you vaccinate your children?

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A whopping 94% of the parents polled had fully vaccinated their kids.

7. Should drugs be administered for pain during childbirth?

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Only 8% (or about 16,700 people) thought moms should skip the drugs.

8. Would you schedule an elective C-section for the birth of your child?

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Just over one-third parents said they would opt for a C-section without medical necessity.

9. Is it OK for grade school-aged children to drink soda/caffeine?

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Only 32% of the parents polled would schedule a playdate at Starbucks.

10. Do you think the Common Core standards are an improvement on the way you learned math?

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Nearly 80% of the parents polled were not fans of the Common Core standards.

11. Do you share photos of your kids online?

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About 132,200 of those polled were happy to share.

12. Do you allow your children unsupervised access to social media?

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The majority of parents are keeping their kids’ social media in check.

13. Do you co-sleep with your children?

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Co-sleepers are in the minority, with just 37% sharing a family bed.

14. Do you allow your kids to swear at home?

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Nearly 30,000 parents don’t think swearing is a big deal.

15. Is it ever appropriate to discipline someone else’s child?

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About a third of parents said that they’d lay down the law on a kid who wasn’t their own.

16. Is it ever appropriate to put your kid on a leash?

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Readers were split on this, with 47% open to using a leash.

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