A mother has gone viral after revealing her controversial parenting practices, in which her children don’t go to school, don’t see a doctor or eat meat.
Mom-of-two Kaytlynn Green, 23, of Missouri, also believes kids shouldn’t have set bedtime routines, shouldn’t wear shoes or socks, and should grow up on a vegan diet.
Despite sparking a lot of controversy online, Kaytlynn hasn’t let people’s comments sway her and is adamant that she will raise her daughter Olive, three, and son Felix, one, in this special way.
Mom-of-two Kaytlynn Green, 23, of Missouri, has gone viral after revealing her controversial parenting practices, which see her children not going to school, not seeing a doctor and not eating meat
Kaytlynn always knew she wanted to be a mom and wasn’t raised the way she wanted to raise her own kids, so she was excited when she and husband Jesse, 31, started their own family.
She explains: “I practice what is called holistic and respectful parenting, but people have told me I am abusive because I don’t allow them to eat certain foods and have told me I don’t deserve to have children.
“People also tell me that sleeping in bed with them is dangerous and don’t agree with me letting them go barefoot – as well as the fact that I homeschool them.
“I know what I’m doing isn’t considered normal, but I didn’t find it controversial. The hate doesn’t bother me, I’m very confident in my choices and these people don’t understand that.
Kaytlynn shares her controversial parenting practices in online videos, in which she claims children shouldn’t have bedtime routines, wear shoes or socks, and grow up on a vegan diet
Kaytlynn, pictured with her husband Jesse, 31, (left) and their son Felix, one, believes kids shouldn’t have set bedtime routines
Undeterred by people’s comments, Kaytlynn is adamant she will raise her daughter Olive, three, and son Felix, one, in this special way
“They probably don’t know any different and are probably unhappy.
“My maternity journey started well. I grew up in a large family and was the eldest of eight children, so I’ve always helped raise children since I was little. I always knew I wanted to be a mom.
“I wasn’t raised how I wanted to raise my own kids, so I was always excited to raise my own and give them a brighter future.
“I changed my Discipline values. They should not be hit, embarrassed, or told that their opinion doesn’t matter. I don’t agree with everything the parents say.
“I was raised to be ashamed and not to speak my mind, and I don’t want my kids to feel that way.”
When Kaytlynn first started sharing her parenting styles, she didn’t think they were controversial (pictured with her son, Felix).
Ever since she was pregnant, Kaytlynn knew she wasn’t going to follow the same path as everyone else
When Kaytlynn first started sharing her parenting styles, she didn’t think they were controversial.
Ever since she was pregnant, she knew she wasn’t going to follow the same path as everyone else and chose to have a wild birth with no antenatal care.
She adds: “I had a midwife for my daughter, but when she started doing things that I wasn’t okay with, my husband and I decided that next time we would do it ourselves at home.
“With my son, I had a non-medical ultrasound to find out the birth, but that was it.
“I’m healthy so I wasn’t scared that something might be wrong and I felt like I knew if something was wrong as I was in such a mood when I was previously pregnant so it felt unnecessarily.
“I felt midwife appointments weren’t necessary as they were only 10 minutes and they only checked blood pressure and heart rate – something I can do at home.
“If something was wrong with my baby, like a disability, it wouldn’t have changed my actions, I was always going to have the baby anyway.
“The birth was just me and my husband and I was really relaxed. I also practice attachment parenting, which means we stay with our babies all the time for the first six months and we all sleep in the same bed. All four of us.
Kaytlynn practices attachment parenting, which means the couple stays with their babies all the time for the first six months and they all sleep in the same bed
Since Kaytlynn documented her lifestyle online, she’s received a barrage of comments – good and bad – from some people who support her, though most are amazed by what she does
“We push two mattresses together and I also exclusively breastfeed, we don’t have bottles.
“It feels best when they sleep next to me at night and let them know we’re always there. We also don’t force sleep, they don’t have set bedtimes and so follow when they’re tired or ask to go to sleep.
“Sometimes it’s 5pm and sometimes 11pm, it varies and we don’t force naps either.
“For the first 12 months I don’t put her in a stroller either, I will carry her. I don’t put them in the shopping cart when I go shopping either, and if they then become more dependent I take a stroller.”
Kaytlynn feeds her children a vegan, whole-foods diet rich in raw foods, high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, and legumes with very little cooking, which some people have called “abusive.”
She adds: “We eat a wholesome plant-based diet and raise our children that way. They have been vegan since birth. They’ve never had animal products.
“They don’t have processed sugar or packaged foods like Doritos, and they don’t have fast food either.
Kaytlynn is beaming for a sweet snap with her baby daughter Olive, but the tot is three now
“I make 100% of their meals. I make homemade bread and avocado, oatmeal, muffins and banana bread, brown rice noodles, curry, rice and beans, and burrito bowls. We eat a lot of regular food, I just make it from scratch at home.
“I grew up on a meat and dairy diet and when I was 15 I watched a documentary about animals and their treatment, which upset me. My parents didn’t let me go vegan, so I did when I was 18.
“My husband was on a heavy meat diet, but he’s now vegan at home. When we moved in together I told him I will only cook vegan food but he likes it and eats it which is good.
“We will also be barefoot in most places. However, when it is cold in winter we wear shoes, but it also depends on where we are.
“There are some places where we have to wear shoes but mostly I try to be barefoot and my kids prefer that too as they always take shoes off anyway.
“We will definitely be barefoot in the park and at all times when we are outside. Even in shops my kids are barefoot but I wear shoes just because the floor is cold – but the kids don’t care.
“We believe in child-led learning. I teach them what they are interested in and that is what we learn.
“I teach them about real-world experiences – like going into the store and finding out how much things cost, even though people see it as controversial.
“Apparently it’s controversial if we let them have their say. We give leniency, for example if we’ve been to the park and they don’t want to go, we’ll swing along with them to make them feel like they have a little control.
“We’re not leaving them either. They don’t go to daycare and don’t have a babysitter. We only leave them when my family comes to visit.
“We don’t take them to doctors either. We don’t go to regular checkups, we only go when they’re sick, so we’ve only been there once.
“Fortunately they don’t actually get sick, but if they do I would use holistic methods such as herbs, homeopathy, water and rest.
“My husband and I have not been to the doctor for many years as we treat things at home. If our home remedies don’t help, we go to the doctor, but we were able to help at home.
“Everything I do, people think I’m crazy.
“Our families are very tolerant, they support us a lot. They are very respectful and know the boundaries that we have drawn.
“We made it clear that if they crossed the line, we would cut ties and that’s what happened with my mother too.”
Since Kaytlynn documented her lifestyle online, she’s received a barrage of comments – good and bad – from some people who support her, though most are amazed by what she does.
She explains: “I got a lot of comments. I found many people who agree with me.
“I always know what I did wasn’t normal, but I had no idea it was so controversial.
“Occasionally I reply to comments, but other times I just ignore them.
“In the beginning I always replied, but now I just delete and block people, I don’t need that kind of hate.”
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