People Are Baffled By These Parents Who Raise Free Range Kids Without Medicine

Though Adele and Matt Allen are far from the worst parents of 2017, the Allen family's unconventional parenting methods warrant a bit of scrutiny. Due to an epiphany during Adele's first pregnancy, the Allens decided to become parents who raise free range children, an approach they also refer to as "off the grid." Raising a free range child actually requires very little effort, because as a free range parent, you enforce no rules. In the Allen household, free range kids Ulysses and Ostara follow no bedtime, wear no shoes, and never visit doctors. Furthermore, these parents don't vaccinate their children, a move which only movies you higher in the running towards becoming the worst parents of all time.

Though the Allens act as if their lifestyle affects only themselves, their impact goes beyond the confines of their free range home. Their appearances in various media outlets lends visibility and in some cases credibility towards unsafe practices like not vaccinating your children. Anyone familiar with the history of polio or smallpox understands vaccination is not just a parenting fad or government conspiracy. But this information likely falls flat on the ears of a family who let their son breastfeed long after he learned to walk and talk.

  • They Do Not Vaccinate Their Kids

    They Do Not Vaccinate Their Kids
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    The Allen parents believe childhood diseases help in developing a child's immunity. Because of this stance, neither of their children received any sort of vaccination. As a result of this action, or rather inaction, not only do her children suffer from preventable disease, they also may spread that disease to other children who may not be vaccinated due to their age or issues with accessibility. Five-year-old Ulysses already endured both scarlet fever and chicken pox, two conditions childhood vaccines protect against.

    "We treated it naturally," Adele said. "We believe in the body to self-heal … If you support the body's healing through supplements and herbs then it will heal."

  • The Parents Enforce No Rules

    The Parents Enforce No Rules
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    From Adele's accounts, there truly appears to be no rules, expectations, or guidelines established in the Allen household. Bedtimes and potty training, while standard rules and procedures in most households, do not apply to Allen's children. One astute observer noted the recklessness of such unstructured methods. "If you don't set … rules in the home, how do you expect them to abide by the rules of society? Quite dangerous."

  • The Kids Walk Barefoot Everywhere

    The Kids Walk Barefoot Everywhere
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    In an environment with no rules, is anyone surprised Adele and Matt allow their kids to be barefoot whenever they so desire, even when out in public? Matt explained the philosophy behind it like this as "a great way for [them] to feel alive and feel the sensations beneath [their] feet." There statement relies on some wavy-gravy logic, as sharp glass and dirty needles also cause "sensations," but, again, the kids' safety and the potential for needless suffering appear to be secondary issues in the Allen household. Walking barefoot all the time, especially for children, leads to numerous issues.

  • Adele Breastfed Her Son Until He Was Six

    Adele never let the fact that her son was a walking, talking, functioning child prevent her from breastfeeding him. And when it came time to stop, Ulysses made the decision, not her. "He decided it was the right time," she explained. So if Ulysses decided to continue breastfeeding until age 18, apparently Adele would be cool with it.

  • Instead Of Cutting Off The Umbilical Cord, Adele Let It Fall Off Naturally

    A shock to absolutely no one, Adele and Matt believe and practice some weird pregnancy rituals. Firstly, Adele gave two water births, which the couple performed without any medical assistance at their home. They also practice something called "lotus birth," in which the baby remains attached to the placenta via the umbilical cord after being born; the cord eventually falls off naturally. With Ulysses, the cord failed to separate for six days, but during the time it was attached, the Allens said Ulysses treated the placenta "like his twin." After the placenta came off, Adele and Matt wrapped it in a cloth and - wait for it - threw it off a pier. What, did you think they were gonna eat it?

  • The Allen Children Don't Attend School

    The Allen Children Don't Attend School
    Photo: Adele Allen / The Unconventional Parent

    Instead of learning their lessons from public or private institutions dedicated to instructing young minds, Ulysses and Ostara receive their education by playing in the woods. Adele admitts allowing Ostara play with wood lice; meanwhile, Ulysses, at age six, cannot read, though his mother says he can count to 20. In the Allens's opinion, learning must not be foisted upon their children; the choices or discoveries they make themselves leads them to knowledge, a process something they call "unschooling."

    "We basically spend lots of time in nature," says Adele. "It's more important to us for them to interact with animals and plants and learn about the environment than it is for them to have big sets of plastic toys." Though admittedly an admirable idea in theory and when said in a British accent, when your children can't read or write - maybe at least let them visit a library?