New Show Explores Shocking Extreme Parenting Techniques

By ABC News

Aug 1, 2014 8:32am

ABC News’ Linsey Davis and Bethany Owings report:

No one ever said parenting was easy, but these families think they’ve got it all figured out.

Meet the offspring of parents with off-the-wall child-rearing techniques in Bravo’s latest docuseries, “Extreme Guide to Parenting.”

From “hypno-parenting,” to helicopter and conscious attachment parenting, to push parenting where their child is pushed to be the best, the nine admittedly eccentric households all insist their alternative parenting techniques are the best and that everyone else has it wrong.

The families range from the woman who breastfeeds her school-age child and refuses to vaccinate, to the overbearing Los Angeles gay dads who won’t leave their toddler’s side for a second. And then there’s the family that is adventurous and minimalist, living such a nomadic lifestyle that they don’t inhabit a house but choose to live in their car.

“We may see a family who’s making a choice and it may change the way you think about it, and I think that’s what makes it interesting to viewers,” Maggie Furlong, TV editor at Yahoo, told ABC News.

The families admitted they have unconventional styles of parenting, like the family that punishes their children with physical activities like planks, push-ups and wall sits, or the parents who insist their son plays five sports, knows the United States presidents and can write his name – all at the age of 4.

While it may be television gold, some say this form of reality TV exploits children.

“No. 1, it pits parents against each other,” said Ericka Souter, editor at TheStir.com. “No. 2, it seems less about the children and more about parents. And No. 3, it’s making legitimate parenting choices kind of like a joke.”

No matter how you look at it, they’re taking child-rearing to a whole new level.

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