RIE Parenting Takes Over Hollywood

Popular philosophy inspires celebrity parents to treat their children like adults.
3:00 | 01/16/14

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Maybe it's time to toss your baby's bottles and pacifiers, maybe even all the toys. Because according to a late trend here in raising children, babies should be treated just like adults. It is called rie parenting. It is rit now the hot trend in hollywood we're told and abc's abbie boudreau has the story. Reporter: It's a parenting trend celebs like penelope cruz and tobey maguire are doing. Not to treat their little ones like at, the rie parenting method for resources for instant educators. In "baby knows best" she believes they should be treated more like adults. Your baby knows best. I think a lot of parents are saying no. Parents know best. If parents have the bigger picture but babies really do know more and are more competent than we often give them credit for. Reporter: This is a back to basics approach. Rie parents don't use high chairs. They don't yell at their kids and would never give a time-out even for bad behavior like fighting. Mine. Let's just see what happens and we're here to protect them and referee but let's give them a chance. Reporter: Parents believe this hands-off approach will instill responsibility, independence and patience and woo he saw that firsthand during snack time at the rie center in los angeles. Would you like -- Reporter: Each child quietly waits for their bib and pours their own water. That's a squirrel. Reporter: This woman has been using this technique with ellis since she was born. It just was really in sync with how we want to live our lives, which is being present, slowing down and just giving space to a child. I love the notion that they focus on independence and not rescuing or overindulging or spoiling a child. Reporter: But parents expert karyn gordon also worries being the more passive parent could lead to problems. This philosophy would say don't interfere at all and let the kids actually figure it out. And to me that's too extreme. Reporter: Still rie parents say the proof is seen at snack time. For "good morning america," abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. So much time to be a kid. I know. You know, it's something for everyone I suppose. I'm into the pacifiers and -- just letting baby be baby. Helping them grow into -- and adults. All right. But I'll talk to them -- I'll

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