I was very late to the party. I only learned about Discovery Health’s show Radical Parenting a few days before it aired, after catching a tweet about it. I immediately set my DVR to record but ended up watching it live: a rarity in my home.
Before the show aired I learned about the controversy over the term “radical parenting.” The show itself featured three families: an “unschooling” family, a family who practiced “attachment parenting,” and a family who raises their children in a “gender neutral” environment.
I will admit to not being into homeschooling, and definitely not unschooling. I still watched the segment with an open mind, hoping to have it prove to me that unschooling is a viable method to educate children. Frankly, that didn’t happen. While I support families making choices for their families that work for them, I know unschooling is not for me. I was happy to see that both parents were very well educated, so they have the tools to teach their children. And, in a way, knowing they had both been to college and made the decision to unschool did carry some weight with me that maybe it wasn’t completely crazy!
The second segment followed an AP family. If there was a rule book for AP living, I believe this family would be following it completely. The highlight of this portion of the show was seeing a child ECing! They were so good at EC that they didn’t use diapers, and never had. Part of their success had to be contributed to the fact that their son was worn in a sling the majority of his life. His cues partly involved squirming out of his sling when he needed to go to the potty. Extended breastfeeding was also discussed, and the mother was even shown actually nursing! Pretty cool! This family also coslept with their younger children, something I was also happy to see on TV. They did have to bust out the “crazy” a little. A placenta was involved, but not to be eaten, just to plant. A-ok with me.
The final segment had The Feminist Breeder‘s family talking about their lives as a “gender neutral” family. They happened to come off as the most “normal” of the three, and had a very likeable family. Their purpose was to raise boys who were feminist minded. They allowed their boys to play with boy and girl toys, and liked to show both parents playing male and female roles interchangeably. I agreed with everything they did, but I think calling it a name was not needed. It seems to me it is something most parents do. I personally allow my son to play with whatever he wants, be it a boy or girl toy. Because he has an affinity for necklaces and hugging boys I do joke about his preferences, and I would love him no matter what!
Overall, I was happy to see these families profiled to let tv viewers see the way the other half lives. I especially love seeing breastfeeding on tv! I heard The Feminist Breeder’s husband was washing cloth diapers but I was tweeting during the show and must have missed it.
PS. If you missed the show it airs again on Discovery Health on March 6 at 1:00 pm. That is today people!
Did you see the show? What did you think?