Couple slammed for ‘off-grid’ parenting on This Morning as child wees on floor live on air

A family who were advocating off-grid parenting on This Morning have been slammed for the behaviour of their children.

Matt and Adele Allen from Brighton spoke to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford to speak about their alternative lifestyle.

**PLEASE NOTE THERE IS AN EMBARGO UNTIL MONDAY 18 JULY 00:01AM** *** EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO AVAILABLE *** BRIGHTON, SUSSEX 24 JUNE - Adele Allen and her husband Matt Allen with their five-year-old son Ulysses and one-year-old daughter Ostara at their home in Brighton, Sussex on 24 June 2016. Parents Adele and Matt Allen believe in an all-natural approach to bringing up their children - so much so they refuse modern medicine, traditional schooling and encourage full-term breastfeeding. Adele, 32, and Matt, 33, from Brighton, call their parenting style ëOff-Grid Parentingí and their children Ulysses, five and Ostara, one, are therefore both still breastfed, have never visited a doctor and will not attend a mainstream school. When Adele, a writer, fell pregnant with her son, the coupleís controversial methods felt completely natural to them. She said: ìOff-grid is moving towards self sustainability and being a bit more free range and less institutionalised.î Matt said: ìWe did collect a lot of information but essentially it was just this feeling.î Adele gave birth to both her children, completely unassisted and with no medical intervention with only her husband Matt by her side. PHOTOGRAPH BY Rosie Hallam / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429

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Adele told the hosts that son Ulysses, 5, was still breastfeeding, and would stop only when he’s ready.

She said: “We prefer to go the more free-range natural route.”

The restless child and his 1-year-old sister Ostara climbed over the sofa, as Ruth asked whether they imposed any rules or discipline at home.

Adele said: “We do have rules, he would do as we ask.

“We speak to him respectfully knowing he’s an equal human being to us.

“He is a highly sensitive child in nature and gets overwhelmed very easily.

“It’s important to him to not have strong, authoritative discipline as he doesn’t react well to that.”


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The parents confirmed that their children don’t attend school.

“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.”


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