A couple from the UK were interviewed in recent days on a magazine program called ” This Morning ” by hosts Eamonn Holmes and his wife, Ruth Langsford.  Matt and Adele Allen were invited into the studio to talk about their somewhat unconventional approach to the parenting of their two children, five year old Ulysses and one year old, Ostara.  Adele explains that their self-titled, “Off-Grid” parenting is based upon allowing their children the freedom of choice with no rules, boundaries or even the use of any conventional medicine.

Her five year old boy for example, does not attend school and still breast feeds on demand, primarily when he needs the comfort from his mother.  And when asked by Eamonn if Adele herself educates her son, she explains that she does not abide by the standard of home schooling set out by the government and prefers leaving the choice of subjects for her son to decide, “Education is important but we don’t think we should be pushing traditional learning on the kids at a young age.”

Rather more worryingly is the Allen´s belief in home remedies to treat their children´s illnesses where, in their opinion, the young bodies build up their own immune system naturally and any fevers should be allowed to run their course instead of rapidly trying to bring temperatures down, as conventional medicine would normally do.  Unsurprisingly, both their young children have had no early vaccines, there to protect against the more dangerous diseases and viruses during infancy.

But to lead on from the story, after which Adele had mentioned on This Morning her desire to move her family to Costa Rica (which was watched by several million viewers in the U.K) and literally hours after their appearance, these “Off-Grid” parents set up a fund-raising scheme for the public to donate, with the sole aim of buying land here, enabling them to live freely amongst nature with a “self-sustainable” lifestyle.  Their begging script goes onto explain, “Our ultimate goal is to become self – sufficient, the way of making that happen is by moving to Costa *Roca and buying a big plot of land where we can grow food, and have access to wildlife and nature in it’s natural state.”

*Just to point out to our readers here on Pura Vida Guide, the Allen´s have misspelled “Rica” as in Costa Rica, but hopefully they can still manage to get to the right country to live their dreams, funded by generous-minded people of course?

We, at Pura Vida Guide will possibly donate a dollar to their needy cause, “fundmytravel“, that is if we have a minute during our busy “work” schedule to send the money over.  But if you feel so inclined to pay for this family to live for free in Costa Rica, then by all means.  In return for such generosity, the Allen´s intend to write a book and share with us all their “Off-Grid” parenting skills which will be sent, when it is written, to everyone who donates to this (erm?) worthy cause or charity or perhaps, (as some may think), utterly bonkers idea?

So far and quite remarkably, there have been a few people happily to donate to the Allen´s, with a reckoning of about $90 up until going to publication.  Assuming that it has been given by the Brits, with their renown generosity, who wish them to come and live in Costa Rica, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!

For more information about their unconventional approach to parenting, you can follow them on their Facebook page.

A clip from the “Off-Grid” interview on “This Morning”



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