Parents' Guide to

Risking It All

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Families look for better lives off the grid in mild reality.

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The voyeuristic series offers a look at people who are taking extreme measures to kickstart a life that won't force them to deal with the stresses brought on by the daily grind of the contemporary world. Some of them look at the move as an adventure, but others seem to be making the transition out of desperation and are approaching the experience with a limited understanding of the challenges that await them. Despite their circumstances, all of them believe it will reconnect their families in some way.

The parents argue that the move benefits their children, who range from toddlers to college-bound teens, because they will unplug from technology and learn self-sufficiency. Although this isn't necessarily a bad thing, the fact that some parents choose to lie to their children about the fact that the move is permanent (versus, for example, a three-month summer vacation) is a little disturbing. Nonetheless, viewers may still be inspired by the leap of faith they're taking to find what they're looking for.

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