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New 'Extreme Parenting' Reality Show Highlights Odd Child-Rearing

Wed, July 11, 2012 11:17am EDT by 6 Comments

With the shocking reality of breastfeeding into childhood becoming a more common practice, a new reality show investigates attachment parenting and other bizarre parental behaviors that are strongly-debated among families and professionals.

After Jamie Lynne Grumet stunned the nation with her Time magazine cover, which featured her four-year-old son latched to her breast, the controversial practices of extreme parenting have been launched into the forefront of family and psychological discussions. A new reality show investigates these parents, and shines a light on why more moms and celebrities are embracing the trend.

Extreme Parenting will look at arguments for and against over-protective practices such as attachment parenting, and why some parents choose to not embrace the idea of independence for their children.

The show, which is created by the team behind Bridezillas and Dance Moms, will follow American families as they defend their decision to engage in over-the-top behaviors when it comes to child rearing. Jeff Collins, the  president of Collins Avenue Productions, believes this show will open the eyes of millions of Americans.

“I’m interested in peeling back the curtain to look at choices other people make that will have a huge impact on their children or their lives.”

Although critics have spoken out against attachment parenting, many celebrities are embracing the trend. Actress Alicia Silverstone had everyone cringing in March when she posted a video of herself feeding her baby Bear Blu chewed up food directly from her mouth. Alanis Morissette has also been an advocate of attachment parenting.

Breastfeeding beyond infancy is just one of the topics Extreme Parenting will cover, Jeff insisted. “We’ve discovered people are raising kids in all kinds of un-traditional ways these days and some people find their methods to be extreme.”

The air date is still unknown, but Jeff hopes that it will reach the air come fall after network negotiations.

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