A new television program called ‘Extreme Parenting‘ is being developed by Jeff Collins, president of Collins Avenue Productions, the same team that’s behind shows like ‘Dance Moms‘ and ‘Bridezillas‘ so they’re no stranger to controversial topics. What type of ‘extreme’ practices will the show cover? Brace yourself. Breastfeeding a baby after one-year-old! Even more shocking? Sharing a family bed!
Collins says, “I think it’s so fascinating that some Americans find the image of woman breastfeeding to be provocative, shocking, even sexual when, in fact, it’s the most natural thing in the world.” He’s correct and obviously he’s tuned in to the ongoing conversation/argument in America about ‘Attachment Parenting’. Even some Hollywood stars have got in on the fight. Actress Mayim Bialik wrote a book about it, ‘Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way’.
A recent Time magazine cover brought the discussion, already boiling online, into America’s homes, workplaces and playgroups. The cover featured mom, Jamie Lynne Grumet, breastfeeding her 3-year-old son, Aram. Attachment Parenting, named by Dr. William Sears back in the ’80s, is a parenting ‘style’ marked by breastfeeding with baby-led weaning, co-sleeping, not letting baby ‘cry it out’, gentle discipline and other things that really add up simply to ‘instinctive parenting’.
Why a TV program on a perfectly natural parenting style and other ‘un-traditional ways’? Controversy! Collins, while pointing out how Americans get fussy (some even downright angry) over Attachment Parenting, knows that same attitude will bring those viewers to his show. Referring to the Time cover, Collins says, “That cover proves what I’ve been saying for the last year – America has become a country of extremes.” Whether it be ‘extreme parenting’ or politics, Americans do seem to enjoy the thrill of the fight!
Collins adds that at least one of the women from the Time article will be on his new show. He says it will be on sometime in the Fall and that they are currently in negotiations with ‘several networks’.
The World Health Organization (WHO) encourages breastfeeding to age 2-years-old and beyond.
Attachment Parenting International here.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012