Extreme Guide to Parenting
What parents need to know
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.
What's the story?
Parents who refuse to vaccinate, parents who sleep with their kids, parents who spritz their kids with aromatherapy solutions instead of medicating their neurological quirks: These are the parents spotlighted on EXTREME GUIDE TO PARENTING. On each hour-long episode, one or two families with an unusual style are followed through their daily lives. We see the choices they make at mealtime, school time, and bedtime as the cameras document family dynamics, while the moms and dads explain the choices they've made and put them in an educational and historical context.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the audience this show is aimed at. People with kids? People without kids? How can you tell?
Is the viewer supposed to like the families who are spotlighted on the show? To relate to them? To find them instructive, amusing, annoying? What about the way that they're depicted brings you to this conclusion?
Do you find any of the parenting styles that are featured on the show interesting? Did you learn anything watching it? Do you think you're supposed to?