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Do you think you fit into a parenting style box? Do you let the kids roam freely or are you a helicopter hovering over their every move? Or perhaps you homeschool, or strictly monitor their lessons tiger-style?
Channel 9’s groundbreaking new series, Parental Guidance, which premieres Monday, November 1, at 7.30pm, shines a light on parenting and the impact of parenting choices like never before.
Hosts, Ally Langdon and Australian parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson put opinionated parents, with diverse parenting methods (outlined below), to the ultimate test through a series of the toughest challenges imaginable in the search for Australia’s best parenting style.
Every Australian parent will be comparing and asking whether their parenting ways are right after watching these families battle it out.
We take a look at the families involved and the styles each of them is representing in the gallery below …
Do you smack your child? Would your child go off with a stranger? How do you deal with discipline? Do you let your child run free? How would your child react without screen time for 24hours? Parental Guidance will change the conversation around these fundamental parenting issues in Australia.
These outspoken parents will take turns judging each other’s style, tackling controversial approaches to parenting that will divide opinion, cause spirited debate and be very uncomfortable for some.
Parents: Andrew (39) and Miriam (41)
Children: Luke (12), Grace (10), Tim (5)
Andrew is a Christian pastor. Miriam works part-time and is the primary home keeper. Andrew and Miriam and their children have strong faith and enjoy holding traditional gender roles in the home and in life. They are a parent-led household.
Andrew and Miriam grew up happily in the country (Armidale, NSW) with strict parents, the parenting style they have continued with their own family.
Andrew and Miriam’s Strict parenting style:
Parents: Lara (42) and Andrew (39)
Children: Raphael (7), Chaya (5)
Lara is a stay-at-home mum, a former dancer, dance journalist and drama teacher. Andrew is a performing arts physio, and they’ve been married for 15 years.
Their parenting style is attachment, and they raise their children using the circle of security. They play with the kids constantly and particularly love to perform with them. They indulge their kids’ creativity wherever possible.
Lara and Andrew’s Attachment parenting style:
Parents: Brett (50) and Tony (49)
Children: Ajay (9), Gyan (9), Taz (9), Jagan (9)
Brett and Tony have two sets of twins who live by their routine parenting style.
Brett is a primary school teacher and Tony is a social worker. Quite amazingly, both sets of twins were born on the same day through different Indian surrogates. They refer to the four boys as quads.
Brett and Tony were born and bred in Bendigo, a town that really accepts them. They both had a great childhood and upbringing. They met in high school and were friends for 10 years before having a relationship, and their Nans were also friends.
Brett and Tony’s Routine parenting style:
Parents: Kevin (44) and Debbie (41)
Children: Mimi (12), Leo (10)
Kevin is in technology and Debbie is a stay-at-home mum (accountant by trade). Debbie quit her job a year ago to help Mimi prepare for her scholarship exams. They met in Australia after moving here independently from Taiwan in their late teens.
Debbie says she adopted the Tiger style because she was
Tiger-parented. She felt loved and supported; her mother was
always there. She wanted the same for her kids. They believe they are at the moderate end of the Tiger spectrum, giving their children a lot of love and affection.
Kevin and Debbie’s Tiger parenting style:
Parents: Liadhan (45) and Richard (67)
Children: Miriam (12), Hannah (11), Esther (9), Eva (7), Danny (5)
Liadhan and Richard have five children together. Liadhan grew up in Adelaide and has two adult children from a previous relationship. Richard is a former teacher who emigrated to Australia from England 40 years ago and has four adult children from a previous relationship.
They both parented their children who are now adults in a strict style and are now against strict parenting, so they practise the nature parenting style. Liadhan home-birthed all five of their children and is a voracious reader of philosophy on parenting.
Liadhan and Richard’s Nature parenting style:
Parent: Deb (46)
Children: Jess (16), AJ (15), Ty (13), Cooper (11), Fletcher (9), Lulu (7)
Deb home-schools all six of her children. She is a huge advocate for home schooling, and heavily involved in the online home- school community.
Deb’s Home School parenting style:
Parents: Rachel (35) and Sam (35)
Children: Gracie (7), Ellsie (5)
Rachel is a full-time mum, personal trainer and parenting podcaster – Am I A Bad Mum? Sam is a former NRL player for the Brisbane Broncos and also a podcaster – We are Human delves into mental health issues in elite athletes.
While Sam and Rachel enjoyed some fame during his NRL career, they find parenting is the great equaliser, saying, “You still have to wipe bums and clean up vomit.”
Rachel and Sam’s Helicopter parenting style:
Parents: Yann (43) and Donna (40)
Child: Harper (7)
Yann and Donna live a European lifestyle with their daughter Harper. Yann is a project manager and Donna is a general manager.
Yann grew up in Paris (French Algerian) and Donna in Baulkham Hills (Australian Indonesian). Yann was raised in a classic French style and Donna was raised in a Tiger style and now finds the Tiger style very triggering. They call their style Nouveau French, being different from classical French in that it is not as strict and more affectionate.
Yann and Donna’s French parenting style:
Parents: Penny (35) and Daniel (37)
Children: Sebastian (9), Julian (6), Zahra (2)
Hometown: Newcastle, NSW
Penny works part-time and Daniel is in sales. Both are from Newcastle in NSW and have good relationships with their parents.
They say you need a tribe to be a free-range parent because they always forget things and other parents help them out.
Penny had a similar upbringing to the one she’s giving her kids and Daniel had the opposite. His parents gave him very little freedom and said no to all opportunities and adventures. He says his parents were
always afraid of what would happen to them, having lived in Beirut prior to coming to Australia.
Penny and Daniel’s Free Range parenting style:
Parents: Rob (42) and Sioux (42)
Children: Hudson (9), Fletcher (7)
Hometown: Barossa Valley, SA
Rob teaches high school and Sioux teaches primary, so everyone gets up and goes to school at the same time. They’re a very active and energetic family. Rob and Sioux have built a home gym in the backyard and the boys are heavily involved in sport. Rob plays cricket with them every day, mornings and after school.
Rob and Sioux set the rules and what they say goes. Consequences is a massive word for them.
Rob and Sioux’s Disciplined parenting style: