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‘Off-Grid’ Parenting With No Doctors, No Discipline, No Restrictions, And Unlimited Breastfeeding Until The Age Of 6

Date October 24, 2018

So many spears have been broken around the issue of parenting that one would hope the matter would be resolved by now. But no!

The diversity of parenting styles

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The parenting issue remains as obscure as ever with new systems and methods still being formulated, and more smart books on parenting being released. And there are convincing arguments to each theory. Teachers and parents are trying to put it into practice, but it is safe to say that one generation will not be enough to implement all the innovations and, most importantly, to see the result.

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‘Off-Grid’ Parenting With No Doctors, No Discipline, No Restrictions, And Unlimited Breastfeeding Until The Age Of 6

At the same time, there are families which do not adhere to traditional methods of upbringing at all, considering that children are perfect the way they are, and adults should not intervene in their development. It is not clear what will come out of it since this approach is also a kind of experiment for this type of parents. One of such families has become the subject of discussion on the Internet as most people find their way of life very unusual.

Unconventional parents

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Adele Allen and her husband Matt chose ‘off-grid’ parenting style for their children - an 8-year-old son, a three-year-old daughter, and a newborn baby. Parents do not consider it necessary to send children to school or kindergarten, and even more so to enforce any rules. Their parenting style doesn’t prohibit children anything. They are more focused on creative development and developmental games for intellectual development.

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Their children do not know what a doctor’s appointment is, because mom and dad don't get medical help, considering that all children's diseases are a natural way to strengthen the organism, so they let their children fight their diseases. It goes without saying that they won’t hear a word about vaccination.

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Adele breastfed her son up to the age of 6, when, as she claims, he decided it was the right time to stop. The whole family’s lifestyle is focused on the fact that natural upbringing is the most natural and correct process that provides for the best development of children.

So what is the right way to raise children?

Such stories leave future parents even more puzzled: what is the best parenting approach? Strict rules and schedules, constant supervision, or the liberal way? And how liberal? Apparently, each parent must make this choice for themselves, based on their experience, upbringing, and beliefs.

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Ideally, there should be a happy middle ground, in which adults don’t feel burdened and can live their own lives while remaining attentive to the needs of their children. And the latter, in turn, don’t feel extra pressure from adults, but they are sure that they will always be able to get help in case of a difficult situation. In other words, there is a hierarchy, but at the same time, everybody is autonomous. Each family member needs to have personal space for development.

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The main idea is that children should be happy and bring joy to their parents’ lives.

And what parenting style to you advocate for? How do you like the ‘off-grid’ parenting of the Allens? Do let us know!

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