An article posted on Little Things about Adele Allan and her husband who raise their children as what many title “free-range” kids, is causing a stir on the internet.
Their kids don’t get vaccinated, don’t go to school and there aren’t any rules in their home!
Adele also wants to continue to breastfeed her 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. She believes that by raising her kids out of “the system,” and letting them do what they please they’ll be more in tune with nature and themselves.
She does not believe it’s necessary to teach her son to read and write just now and says it can wait until he’s older. For now, he is given a few bins with arts, crafts, and toys to stimulate him intellectually.
According to the article, she told Barcroft last year. “Traditional parenting methods rub me the wrong way. The cry out method for the young babies… the baby has still got that in their DNA from when they used to be hunter-gatherers and they need to feel safe,”
The Mom believes that all ailments can be treated naturally, without the use of medication. Conjunctivitis, for example – she believes can be cured with the enzymes from breastmilk. She also says that if she were to have cancer, she wouldn’t seek medical intervention.
She says that the kids will often pick leaves from a tree and eat them and that their youngest does not wear shoes at all as it allows her to experience life better.
The family says they are criticized for their unusual lifestyle, often out of concern for the safety of their children. The couple however feel very strongly that they are doing what’s best for their children.
What do you think about raising “free-range” kids?
A baby boy in Charleston, S.C., is safe and his family’s dog has been named a hero, after the dog alerted the boy’s parents about an abusive babysitter.
New parents Benjamin and Hope Jordan were extremely thorough in their search for a babysitter for their baby son, Finn.
After a background check on 22-year-old Alexis Khan came up squeeky clean, the Jordans thought that they had found a responsible person to look after their baby while they were at work during the day.
But little did they know – that the exact opposite was true and that Khan would verbally and physically abuse their 7-month-old son for nearly five months before she was even caught.
Thanks to the family’s dog, who is a Labrador Retriever–German Shepherd mix Killian, Khan is now behind bars where she belongs.
Killian was the one and only witness to the abuse that Finn suffered at the hands of his babysitter, and the loyal Lab mix was not afraid to make his feelings about Alexis Khan known to his owners.
Whenever Khan entered the Jordan’s house, Killian would growl and stand between her and baby Finn, seemingly defending the baby from his babysitter.
Benjamin and Hope were in complete shock.
“About five months into her being our baby sitter, we started to notice that our dog was very protective of our son when she would come in the door,” Benjamin tells WCSC.
“He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her.”
Benjamin and Hope could not believe that their dog, who acted warm and friendly towards everyone else he’d ever met, behaved in such an unusual manner around the babysitter.
Taking a page out of Lassie’s book, Killian had persistently tried to warn Finn’s parents about the babysitter’s abusive behavior.
In the end, Benjamin and Hope could no longer ignore the message what Killian was trying so desperately to convey. Hope suggested to her husband that they hide an iPhone beneath the sofa one day, hoping to record what was going on in their home.
With the phone tucked out of sight, ready to capture what happens during the day, Benjamin and Hope left for work. They wondered if perhaps Khan yelled at Killian while they were away, which would have been unacceptable.
However, the Jordans were not prepared to discover that the woman they’d trusted was in fact acting violently towards their baby — and that’s exactly what they heard on the secret iPhone recording.
“It started with cussing,” Benjamin said. “Then you hear slap noises and his crying changes from a distress cry to a pain cry. I just wanted to reach through the audio tape, go back in time and just grab him up.”
The concerned parents also heard what they believed to be the sounds of Khan shaking Finn on the recording — something which could have easily killed or permanently disabled their son.
“To know that five months I had handed my child to a monster, not knowing what was going on in my house for that day,” Benjamin says in utter disbelief.
After the discovery, Khan has pled guilty to assault and battery in a Charleston Circuit Court. She must serve 1 to 3 years in prison for abusing Finn.
The babysitter will be up for parole in 1 year but must remain on a child abuse registry upon release.
Benjamin believes that if it weren’t for Killian, Finn might have lost his young life at the hands of his violent babysitter.
“Had our dog not alerted us to the trouble, had my wife’s instincts not said we need to make something happen, it could have been Finn that was killed by the babysitter,” Benjamin says. “You never know.”
Benjamin hopes that his family’s story will give other parents pause and encourage them not to ignore any signs that their kids could be in danger — especially if those signs are coming from a faithful family pet.
“He is a very personable dog so for him to show aggression toward anyone is a sign that something was wrong,” Benjamin said to Fox News of hero dog Killian. “We hope other parents … can learn from our lesson.”
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