why is life as a parent private?
Um yes you do.
It was listed as private (in the box where it detail the most recent post) like the abuse forum is or talk amongst yourselves when you aren't logged in. i was logged in and it said "private" so i couldn't access it. later on that day it was back to normal.
Sometimes it shows up as Private for me, even when I'm logged in (it says "Private" in the second column...the one that says "would you be upset, posted by..." on the screen-grab posted by limette above). If I click on the subforums, it lets me view them like normal.
It seems pretty random as to when this occurs, but I have noticed it maybe 25% of the time when I come to MDC.
I think you're absolutely right.