When it is fine to starve your children
Parents need to be politically incorrect, writes
NEW or soon-to-be parents wanting a dose of reality about looking after the pitterpatter of tiny feet will get some comfort
and a giggle out of The Politically Incorrect
The new five-part child-rearing series on Channel 9 multichannel Gem is aimed at the novice mother and father – although those with young children planning to increase their brood can use it as a timely refresher course.
The series is hosted by father of two Nigel Latta, a clinical psychologist who works with children with behavioural problems.
In the first two episodes, he covers the six pains and the top five lies of parenting, while panning the mollycoddled world children live in.
While the show breezes through each subject – sometimes a little too quickly – there is enough detail for parents to grab hold of Latta’s advice and apply it to real life.
‘‘If you lose your rag at your children and you are fair, they actually forgive you for it,’’ Latta says while discussing the top five parenting lies.
He says it’s OK to bribe children as part of toilet training and let them climb trees – even if it means breaking a limb along the way.
Latta shows a three-second method of teaching children to go to sleep and he maintains it’s fine to starve kids until they’ll eat eat brussels sprouts, cauliflower and beans.
Each segment is accompanied with short skits performed by such actors as Andrew Daddo, Sophie Lee and Mark Phelps.
Latta’s tips stretch from bedroom to playroom, with tips including how to handle a dreaded No.2 in the bathtub without causing more mess. He says there is one tell-tale sign a child gives away when they are about to go to the toilet.
‘‘Children are like toothpaste, they start squeezing from the . . .’’ Latta says as he grabs his face with a strained expression.
Politically Incorrect Parenting:
Thursdays, 9.30pm, Gem.