I Admit It…I Practice Untraditional Extreme Parenting

AUTHOR: | POSTED: July 19, 2012 | COMMENTS: 7 Comments

Carolyn Savage

So, yesterday on WNWO, I chatted with two other great moms and a really cute news anchor, about extreme parenting.  Why?  Two reasons.  First, there’s an entertainment company developing a reality show based on the topic and it’s got a few people’s knickers in a knot.  Second, it seemed like a good topic choice for all those crazy, insane moms who were awake watching WNWO’s morning broadcast at 5:50 and 6:30 am!  I mean right off the bat, those women had to relate because one has to be some sort of crazy-extreme to be up at that ungodly hour!

Anyways, I was thinking about the classic “extreme parenting” topics that are likely to be featured on the new reality show.  You know, breastfeeding second graders; sleeping with all six of your kids, your cat, dog, husband and his mom; and not putting your children in diapers…ever…; and I decided that I have my own extreme parenting practices that should be considered for broadcast. 

 Allow me to introduce them. 

Extreme-ly Prolonged Parenting

Drew, our oldest, was born in 1994.  Reagan and Isabella will fly the coop in 2030.  Do the math and you are likely to become a little grateful you are not me!  The upside?  We’ve determined we’ll never go without a child in our midst that doesn’t believe in Santa—factoring in grandchildren, of course!  The downside?  It’s likely that dementia may set in somewhere during the twins’ high school years!  (Which, come to think of it, may be an upside! )

Extreme-ly Distracted Parenting

Juggling five kids, a cat and my fourteen year old husband is often more than my mind can manage.  As a result, my thoughts tend to get a bit jumbled.  Scarily, it seems to be getting worse every single day!  It used to be that I’d find myself in a room searching my brain for the reason I was there.  Alarming?  Yes.  Uncommon?  Not so much.  Unfortunately, my why the hell am I here moments have progressed from rooms in my house, to locations near and far.  Like, yesterday.  That’s when I found myself in the grocery store parking lot…parked…reaching for my grocery list…that I couldn’t find…because I was supposed to be at the bank.  Need I say more?

Extremely Exhausted Parenting

A contributing factor to the practice of distracted parenting (much in the same way baby wearing contributes to the practice of co-sleeping), I adhere closely to the practice of limited, habitually-interrupted sleep.  As a result, I’m darn near narcoleptic.  I can fall asleep anywhere at any time!  During a haircut, at a stop light, and on the floor while supposedly playing with the kids.  Hell, I nodded off twice while writing this, and put me in a doctor’s examining room, shut the door promising “the doctor will be right with you” and it’s highly likely I’ll be found curled up, drooling away on the paper pillow with my feet resting gently in the stirrups. 

Of course, these are just a few of my extreme parenting practices.  There are so many more that pop up throughout my day, but I don’t want to overwhelm the producers.  Just trust me when I tell you, my story is so much more than “What to Expect When Expecting Someone Else’s Baby…by Mistake!” . 

I’m truly excited to be appearing weekly on our local NBC affiliate’s morning show in a weekly segment called, “WNWO’s Moms on the Go”.  I adore the other moms I’ll be appearing with… Lisa Harst of Momsinheels.net; Allie Darr of TableforMoreblog.com; and Molly Pearson of TruGrit Concepts. All of them are great moms, accomplished professionals, and..well…a lot younger than me!  It’s my hope that this will be the beginning of a long a fruitful endeavor! 


You can see the clips of our first segment here!


7 Comments on “ I Admit It…I Practice Untraditional Extreme Parenting ”

  • Sharon | July 19th, 2012 11:31 am

    Love reading your articles I can so relate! 🙂

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  • Allie | July 19th, 2012 1:18 pm

    I love it Carolyn, you hit the nail on the head. I am currently practicing the Extreme Exhausting Parenting! These boys are going killing me this week. Bed time has been thrown out with the excitement of staying in the same cabin as cousins and family! I am going to need a vacation from this vacation!:) Hope you guys have a great week next week!:)

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  • Carolyn Savage | July 19th, 2012 3:31 pm

    I always joke that I need a “real” vacation after the family vacation! It looks like you are having a great time though! The pics are adoreable!

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  • Sharon | July 19th, 2012 1:39 pm

    I don’t think you really meant “fourteen year old husband”. Right?

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  • Carolyn Savage | July 19th, 2012 3:30 pm

    Just in spirit! 😉

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  • TheNextMartha | July 24th, 2012 2:27 pm

    Fantastic. At first I wasn’t sure what I was going to find here but then laughed.

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  • Carolyn Savage | July 25th, 2012 11:00 pm

    Coming from you…what an honor. Now…what do you think of my decor? You’ll have to watch the Dateline. I’d love to know!

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