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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
All the parents featured on the show clearly love their kids and are trying to do their best by them, whether or not the viewer agrees with the methods showcased.
Positive Role Models
Each family is not showcased long enough to really get to know the members as individuals, but the parents are caring and present, and family harmony and love appear frequently on-screen.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional blood, but not in a violent setting; for example in one episode a woman dehydrates a human placenta.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some discussion of sex, such as where parents can have sex with a co-sleeping baby in their bed. Non-sexual semi-nudity during breastfeeding, though nipples are blurred.
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Some language, such as when a son points at his mom and says, "She sucks."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Extreme Guide to Parenting is a reality show that focuses on parents who have unusual parenting styles. There is little content to upset young children or worry parents, but the show is aimed at adults and will bore most kids, including teens. Certain kids -- those who are interested in becoming parents themselves or plan a career with children -- will learn much about different styles of parenting and what other people think about them.
Is It Any Good?
It's kind of fun to laugh at clueless new parents, even if you're a clueless new parent, and so Extreme could have taken on a Toddlers & Tiaras-type approach to its participants, highlighting their stupider pronouncements and antics with mocking camera effects. Instead, though Extreme was clearly created to make fun of weird people, the show dials down the disrespect and mockery and allows the sincerity of its parents to shine through. They still do come off as pretty foolish, but at least Extreme allows them to explain their techniques in their own words, rather than making fun of them outright.
Most parents will probably find issues they can relate to here, as well as things they'll find funny and cringe-worthy, such as the mom who allows her kid to repeatedly tell her that she sucks or the dad who blithely insists his daughter will be fine if exposed to chicken pox and not vaccinated. This show is sure to ignite lively debate among families -- if parents can convince kids to watch.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.