A mum has spoken about her “lazy” approach to parenting.
Kerry and Kevin Davies appeared on Channel 4 documentary, Britain’s Best Parent?, to show how they raise their kids.
They came under criticism from some viewers, who believe they don’t “discipline” their sons Gabriel, 13, and Zachary, nine.
But despite the reaction to their TV appearance back in May, the parents believe they’re making their children more independent by letting them make their own choices.
Kerry told Fabulous: “Kevin and I try to coach the boys through life, rather than dictating rules. We're very honest and will explain the consequences of their actions.”
The parents believe saying “no” to their kids will cause them to rebel and “push boundaries”.
So allow them to “think for themselves”, they don’t put restrictions on screen time or when their kids go to sleep.
Instead, they tell the kids that there’s “more to life” than playing games and watching telly and hope they follow their advice.
Kerry said: “Zachary will stay up watching Netflix with us and go to bed at 10pm or 10.30.
“Gabriel will stay up until 1am or 2am gaming, then sleep until 2pm the next day, but there's nothing for him to get up for at the moment. I'd just be getting him out of bed for the sake of it.
“He has spent 12 hours gaming in a day, which I know some people will be shocked at, but he doesn’t sit for 12 hours solidly.”
Kerry and Kevin are equally as relaxed when it comes to mealtimes.
Their children are trusted with making their own lunches and can snack on whatever they want to during the day.
Sometimes this involves bingeing on an entire pack of Jaffa Cakes, which isn’t something that’s banned in the household.
When it comes to dinner, the parents prefer to take a “lazy” approach too.
Kerry doesn’t enjoy cooking and sticks to frozen food – even on Christmas Day.
The Davies parents haven’t home-schooled their kids during lockdown.
They have left independent earning up to Gabriel and Zachary – and believe the children can face the consequences if they don’t put the effort in.
Even though some may think Kerry and Kevin are lax when it comes to rules, they insist “there is discipline in this house”.
The mum added: “We’re trying to encourage them to want to be better, but it all comes down to them. So far, touch wood, it’s going the right way.”