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"Extreme Guide to Parenting" (TV show) on Bravo is a reality series that follows parents who practice unique styles of raising their children. We've all heard of extreme makeovers and extreme diets ... but extreme parenting? Each episode will give a candid inside look at two separate households with very different forms of parenting — and each family strongly believes their methods are the perfect model for raising successful children.

Some extreme parenting techniques include:

• Attachment: Parents who breastfeed their children until age four ... or older.

• Helicopter: Parents so protective they use disguises to monitor their offspring's every move.

• Fiercely Competitive: Parents who enroll their children in Mandarin Chinese courses before they can spell.

• Free-Range: Parents who believe saying "no" to their child is equivalent to corporal punishment.

• New Age: Parents who raise their children with techniques that complement their child's aura.

The parents featured on the show are confident in their methods, no matter how unorthodox. But don't let the initial outrageousness fool you: these parents love their kids.

In the premiere episode, the Adler family practices an "eco-kosher, shamanistic" method of parenting. Mom Shira believes in an all-natural approach to raising her children, especially her 10-year-old indigo son Yonah to help treat his overactive personality. In addition, the Masterson-Horn family has a very hands-on approach to parenting. It took years for this gay couple (the "Guncles" from Oxygen's "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood") to adopt their precious daughter, Simone, and now they never, ever leave her side.

Some of the other parenting styles explored this season include Marisa Eisenberg who wants her only child, Austen, to be the best at everything, even if it means pushing him to the limit. At the young age of four, he plays five sports, knows the U.S. Presidents and can write his name, but that's not enough for this over-achiever mom. Additionally, Christian and Nate Axness are "conscious-attachment" parents and practice elimination communication with 16-month-old Ella. They believe in being everything for their child; Christian breastfeeds on demand and they refuse to vaccinate their daughter. They also face a tough decision about whether to intentionally expose their daughter to chickenpox.

"Extreme Guide to Parenting" is produced by Punched in the Head with Amelia D'Entrone, Craig D'Entrone and Lauren Lazin serving as executive producers.


Network: Bravo
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: August 7, 2014
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Punched in the Head

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