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‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’ with Child Protective Services


A while back I got a call from a television producer who follows my sites and my social media accounts. She said that she was working on a new reality series that spotlighted families. She went on to say that they are really looking for “Type A” parents who “do it all” and after following me for a while she thinks that I would be a really good fit for the show and she would like to talk to meet with me to discuss it further.

My response?

“No one needs this much reality. Trust me.”

I went on with my life and never thought much about it until I saw the new show, “Extreme Guide to Parenting” on Bravo. Although she never told me the name of the show and the network, I know it was this show (just from some other things she discussed with me). The premise of the show is to spotlight parents who are extreme–who parent in ways that are considered weird or off-the-wall.

I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for crappy reality TV and to quote Miranda from “Sex and the City,” “I love it. It’s my thing. Let it go.” However, last night’s episode of “Extreme Guide to Parenting” left me texting my fellow reality loving friends IN ALL CAPS WITH THINGS LIKE OMGWTF every three seconds.

In each episode, they usually have two different families that they are following. I’ll skip over the mom who was using Jedi mind tricks to “hypnotize” her husband and kids multiple times throughout the day and go straight to the “feminist fetish pornographer” Madison and her poor little two year old.

And the fetish pornographer part wasn’t even the worst of it.

Look, I don’t really care what she does as a profession (or what she prefers in personal sexual life). I just don’t. However, Madison was so concerned about shouting from the rooftop about her alternative lifestyle that it just came across as defensive shock value TV, especially in relation to her two year old daughter.

Madison teaches her two year old daughter the correct terms for her body parts. OK. I’m down with that. However, Madison also fills her day talking to her two year old non-stop about sex. And sexuality. And sexual toys.

In one scene, the kid is in mom’s fetish/sex trunk and is pulling out the mom’s vibrators. Madison the mom laughs when the kid puts it up to her ear and asks if it’s a phone. All I could think is, “I hope she washed that thing.” (Because, really? IN WHAT WORLD IS IT OK FOR A TWO YEAR OLD TO PLAY WITH A VIBRATOR?)

In another scene, a mom and a kid have a play date at Madison’s house. As the two moms (who supposedly didn’t know each other but were on a play date set up by Madison’s husband) made introductory small talk as the other mom stares around the room at Madison’s fetish portraits displayed proudly on the wall. Then, Madison announces that she planned a few activities.

The first activity is watering the plants. Nice, right? Well, Madison was watering the plants with menstrual water, caught midstream for her that day because she’s on her period. She goes on to describe to the two year olds that “uterine lining” is great for plants as the other mortified mother looks on.

Next up was the uterus coloring page while Madison explained the functions to the kids. It was then that the other mom had enough, gave a brief lecture and left with her child. (Personally, I would’ve been gone at the UTERINE LINING PLANT WATERING.)

The episode ends with Madison having a fetish performance that she insists her two year old should attend. For this performance, she was naked and had baseball mitts tied to her. And then, the attendees were supposed to throw baseballs at Madison and her body. While her two year old watches.

As they started to bind up Madison and put baseball mitts on her, the kid freaking LOST IT and could not be consoled. (Imagine that.) And, of course, Madison the fetish pornographer mom was completely perplexed why her daughter would be upset. I mean, she’s been so sexually open with her? How could the two year old not understand?

All I could think while watching this was, “Um, this might be a problem with CPS.”

Have you been watching this show? Did you see the fetish mom episode? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Fetish Costume in image available at Amazon.com.

Along with being a contributor to PrimeParentsClub.com, Jacqueline Wilson is: Appalachia Advocate~Supporter of Women~Writer~Accidental Pit Bull Advocate. Founder and executive director of Monkey Do Project and co-author of 50 Shades of Frayed: What Happens When 'I Do' Becomes 'Not Tonight': A Humorous Mompilation.

7 Comments

  1. Landra Graf

    September 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Horrifying and yes, no one needs that kind of reality. The sad part is, that it’s probably not 100% factual and is most likely blown out of proportion with the mom agreeing to it (which is the sad part). Yipe, I’m depressed about the whole thing.

    We’re only years or months away from Running Man.
    I’ll be avoiding this show like I avoid most of reality TV, unless it’s food related.

  2. Dj J

    September 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I too, was horrified when she saw nothing wrong with allowing her daughter to go watch her mom get tied up like that. That little girl is going to grow up with major issues and not know what normal sexuality is. Her parents are into B&D and S&M. So just seeing her mom being degraded and liking it is just wrong. For her husband being her “daddy”, he should just put his foot down and say..no more of this sex stuff..you are harming our child…now get on your knees..NOW

  3. Tamara Wilson

    September 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I started watching it and it was just way to much for me. The whole thing made me sick. I understand making kids aware of their bodies and everything however at the right age. For me and my family 2 is way way to young.

  4. Cheryl Devereaux

    September 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing, if I ever see the show on, which I have not, I will not even stop. I agree, this is abuse. That poor child, and the producers to show it. Awful, and you fit into this show how? Never saw THAT side of you. Lol!

    • Jacqueline Wilson

      September 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      LOL Cheryl! I’m hoping they singled me out for more of the “moms who do everything” as in “BUSY ALL THE TIME” side. LOL! ;)

  5. gd

    September 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I agree with everything you said and to take it further – I think her behavior actually borders on child abuse. She seems to push sexual explanations and body aware concepts on her little two year old in some misplaced effort to make up for the shame-based experiences she had growing up. However she has taken her approach to a dangerous extreme and exposed her child to things a 2 year old should never have to be concerned with. I am not sure why she is on a reality show as this is very sad and disturbing and I believe she needs counseling and parenting guidance very badly.

    • Jacqueline Wilson

      September 12, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      I found it VERY uncomfortable to watch. I, too, felt like she was pushing things onto her daughter that a brain that young has no idea how to process. I will be surprised if something doesn’t come out of that being brought to the public light.