(ABC News) - A new reality show, ‘Extreme Guide to Parenting,’ explores raising kids in nontraditional ways.
They admit they have unconventional styles of parenting, like the family that punishes their children with planks, push-ups and wall sits or the parents insist their son play five sports, knows the U. S. presidents and can write his name all at the age of 4.
No one ever said parenting was easy, but these families think they've got it all figured out.
From hypno-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 everyone else has it wrong.
The families range from the woman who breast-feeds her school-aged child and refuses to vaccinate to the overbearing Los Angeles gay fathers who won't leave their toddler's side for a second. And then there's the family that is so adventurous and minimalist leaving such a nomaddic lifestyle they don't inhabit a house but choose to live in their car.
Some say this form of reality TV exploits children. Number one, it pits parents against each other. Number two, it seems less about the children and more about the parents and, number three, it's making legitimate parenting choices seem kind of like a joke.
If there is one thing viewers can get out of this show, though, it’s this: Everybody certainly has their own parenting style.