Off-Grid parents criticised by This Morning viewers after child pees on studio floor

Family who favour an ‘all-natural’ approach to parenting cause controversy during This Morning segment

Off-grid parenting This Morning

by Hannah Mellin |
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Matt and Adele Allen, who live in Brighton, call their parenting style ‘Off-Grid parenting’, meaning that they don’t believe in discipline, medicine or the mainstream education system.

They have two children, five-year-old Ulysses and one-year-old Ostara – who both caused havoc in the This Morning studio whilst the couple chatted about their lifestyle decisions.

Adele had natural births at home and still breastfeeds Ulyssess, only willing to stop when he was ready.

Off-grid parenting This Morning

He has already missed out on years of schooling, with Adele stating that she would only send him to school if he expressed an interest in going.

She said: "We do unschooling. It's home education away from the curriculum.

"Whatever he's interested in, we provide the opportunities for him to learn about it at that time."

He can’t read or write, but Adele revealed that he loves to play on his iPad.

When quizzed by Ruth Langsford about their lifestyle choices and whether the children respond to discipline, she said:

"We speak to him respectfully as an equal human being.

"He is a highly sensitive child so he does struggle with getting overwhelmed easily so it's important for him not to have strong, authoritarian discipline.”

Off-grid parenting This Morning

During the segment, where both of the children climbed all over the furniture, little Ostara decided to saunt off and go to the toilet on the floor.

The parents didn’t bat an eyelid, which left viewers outraged.

Off-grid parenting This Morning

However, some were praising and intrigued by Matt and Adele’s parenting techniques.

Ulysees and Ostara aren't vaccinated, and instead are left to battle diseases and "self-fast" until their little bodies have healed.

Adele also opted to have ‘lotus births’ which means that the placenta and ublilical cords are not surgically removed at birth.

Instead, Adele carried the placenta around in a cool bag – with salt and rose petals to disguise the smell - until it came away naturally.

She said: "With both my births it took six days for the umbilical chord to fall away naturally.

"You wrap it up and keep it clean and it falls away and forms a perfect belly button."

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