Charlotte Foster

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"Confronting": Ally Langdon gives first look at controversial new show

"Confronting": Ally Langdon gives first look at controversial new show

Parenting is one of the most discussed topics, with everyone seeming to have an opinion on what the best way to raise children is. 

A new show looks closer at 10 different styles of parenting, as everyone asks what the 'right' way to parent could be. 

Hosted by Today's Ally Langdon, Parental Guidance sees 10 sets of parents put their own unique parenting styles to the test through a series of challenges. 

The 'styles' of parenting that will be observed are:

  • Strict
  • Disciplined
  • Helicopter
  • Tiger
  • French
  • Free range
  • Nature
  • Attachment 
  • Home school
  • Routine
Ally Langdon, who has two children of her own, will be joined by Australian parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson to guide the parents through their challenges and reflect on how well everyone performed. 

Each couple will also be able to weigh in on how well they think other parents did, and critique their preferred methods. 

"You haven't seen this before. I do need to warn you, it is confronting," Ally says to the group of parents in the first-look promo for Parental Guidance.

She then asks, "Put your hand up if you ever have smacked your child."

We get an inside look at each family's unique situation, including one family that lives in a tent. 

"Can they read and write?" Ally asks a man who appears to be the father of that family.

"They will read when they are ready," he firmly responds.

Some parents make bold and controversial admissions to the group, as one mother says, "We brush their teeth with soap."

Another says, "We see a smack as one tool."

While there are some controversial moments of kids having tantrums (or as one mother puts it "big feelings"), there are also wholesome moments of development and bonding. 

The preview shows NRL star Sam Thaiday telling his child it only takes "one second to be brave" when the child is looking upset. 

While everyone has different parenting techniques, they all can agree that parenting is no walk in the park. 

As Dr Coulson tells the group, "This is going to change the conversation about parenting in this country."

Parental Guidance is coming soon to Nine and 9Now.

Check out the preview here:

Image credits: Channel Nine

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