Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Adele Allen and my
family and I have recently worked with Barcroft TV to produce a short documentary on our
unconventional parenting methods, which has often been referred to as "off-grid" parenting.
This short video created quite a stir in the headlines and we
ended up on a live national morning news show with our kids to have a discussion to elaborate on some of the more
controversial topics raised such as not vaccinating, extended breastfeeding and our use of positive
The morning of the show we woke up in our hotel in London after a long evening of delayed travel
the previous day. My kids hadn't gone to sleep until 11 p.m. due to a late arrival and
excitement over staying in the Plaza Hotel for the first time. Needless to say we were pretty
exhausted before we even arrived at the studio. Upon arrival we found we had at least an hour wait
before going on set in a small waiting room with no toys... eek!
My son, Ulysses, did really well entertaining himself with paper and crayons but was getting more
and more antsy to be on his way home where he could feel free to move about and explore without
constraint. When we finally made it on set, the crew wanted to take both kids in a separate room
with strangers while we, their parents, began the show without them. Ulysses may have been OK
with that but my 15-month-old, Ostara, who was also dealing with the flu, certainly wasn't!
The crew were really good about it all and let us begin the show with the kids present and by this
time Ostara had downed a lot of water to cool down her slightly raised body temperature.
At the same time, Ulysses had been sitting down a long time in the waiting room and needed to move.
The chat with the hosts went great, but both of us were so
engaged with them and trying to keep our son from a meltdown on live TV, that we didn't notice Ostara
toddle off and pee right through her diaper which had been changed just a few hours
before. She's currently in the process of showing signs for potty training readiness and frequently
rips off or tugs at her diapers which can cause a monumental leak.
Of course the cameras picked
up on this, and all hell broke lose on Twitter:
Has anyone else noticed the child just wet himself on the floor of this morning studio?! @itvthismorning #offgridparenting
Furthermore, the raging hordes seemed to be
outraged that Ulysses was bouncing around the sofa to calm his nerves and the public hastily
labelled my kids badly behaved and "feral." I have never seen such a ridiculous reaction in
On top of all this, I've also been criticized for allowing my children to be exposed to the media chaos.
All I can say is that I don't believe my message would be heard without witnessing the kids
interacting with us, their parents. I'm not enrolling them in pageants, taking them on baby fashion
shoots, or on the road 24/7, and they're now at home resting for a good four days without any
At the end of the day, parenting is tough and messy. Kids naturally need to move and explore to
regulate their nervous systems, especially in times of unfamiliarity and stress. It's true I'm unconventional, but that doesn't mean I sit here judging your kids or your choices. I'm just here to spread
the message that there are different ways of doing this parenting thing.