Facebook readers share advice.

<p>Facebook has released its list of the 40 most shared stories in 2011. Satellite photos showing the devastation in Japan grabbed the number one spot, but the most popular topic by far was stories focused on parenting and relationships. In all, the Facebook list consisted of 10 advice stories, six news stories, four animal tales and the expected potpourri of horoscopes and human interest pieces.</p> <p>We've culled the best bits of advice to show from this year’s most popular Facebook stories that represent more than 2.3 million shares among Facebook users.</p>

Trust your kids' teachers.

<p>"If you don't want your child to end up 25 and jobless, sitting on your couch eating potato chips, then stop making excuses for why they aren't succeeding. Instead, focus on finding solutions," Ron Clark, Disney's American Teacher of the Year, from "What teachers really want to tell parents," on CNN.</p> <p> 590,573 people recommended this on Facebook.</p>

Resist the ads, dress your kids like kids.

<p>"It's easy to blast companies for introducing the sexy wear, but our ire really should be directed at the parents who think low-rise jeans for a second grader is cute. They are the ones who are spending the money to fuel this budding trend. They are the ones who are suppose to decide what's appropriate for their young children to wear, not executives looking to brew up controversy or turn a profit,” LZ Granderson from "Parents, don't dress your girls like tramps," on CNN.</p> <p>453,494 people recommended this on Facebook.</p>

How to raise confident kids the Chinese way.

<p>"For example, my Western friends who consider themselves strict make their children practice their instruments 30 minutes every day. An hour at most. For a Chinese mother, the first hour is the easy part. It's hours two and three that get tough," Amy Chua, from "Why Chinese Moms Are Superior," The Wall Street Journal.</p> <p>371,088 people liked this on Facebook.</p>

Change the way you talk to little girls.

<p>"Try this the next time you meet a little girl. She may be surprised and unsure at first, because few ask her about her mind, but be patient and stick with it. Ask her what she's reading. What does she like and dislike, and why? There are no wrong answers," Lisa Bloom, in "How to Talk to Little Girls," on the Huffington Post.</p> <p>302,606 people liked this on Facebook.</p>

Teach your child to behave well in public.

<p>"And we know you don't discipline them at home because you don't possess 'the look.' If you had 'the look,' you wouldn't need to say 'sit down' a thousand times. If you had 'the look,' you wouldn't need to say much of anything at all," LZ Ganderson, from "Permissive parents: Curb your brats," on CNN.</p> <p>195,725 people recommended this on Facebook.</p>

How to snag a husband.

<p>"You are looking for someone tall. Or rich. Or someone who knows what an Eames chair is. Unfortunately, this is not the thinking of a wife. This is the thinking of a teenaged girl. And men of character do not want to marry teenaged girls,” Tracy McMillan, "Madmen" writer, from "Why You're Not Married," The Huffington Post.</p> <p>158,858 people liked this on Facebook.</p>

It's manipulation, not truth.

<p>"You're so sensitive. You're so emotional. You're defensive. You're overreacting. Calm down. Relax. Stop freaking out! You're crazy! I was just joking, don't you have a sense of humor? You're so dramatic. Just get over it already!" Yashar Ali, in "A Message to Women from a Man: You Are Not Crazy!" from the Huffington Post.</p> <p>129,686 people liked this on Facebook.</p>

How to be a better dad.

<p>"Along with my wife (who, until recently, also worked from home), I wipe snot, clean poop, order time outs and say no -- Really, no! I'm being serious, no! -- to the damned ice cream man and his Satanic siren call," David Pearlman, from "A father's day wish: Dads, wake the hell up!" on CNN.</p> <p>103,363 people recommended this on Facebook.</P>

Be a dragon.

<p>"Parenting, I've come to understand, is about loving my child today. Now. In fact, for any parent, anywhere, that's all there is," Emily Rapp, mother of 18-month-old Rowan, who has been diagnosed with Tay-Sachs Disease, from "Notes from a Dragon Mom," The New York Times.</p> </p> <p>"We will not launch our children into a bright and promising future, but see them into early graves. We will prepare to lose them and then, impossibly, to live on after that gutting loss. This requires a new ferocity, a new way of thinking, a new animal. We are dragon parents: fierce and loyal and loving as hell," she said.</p> <p>(# 21 on Facebook Top 40; “likes” not displayed)</p>

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