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Interview: Katherine Ryan on Parenting Outside the Box



Katherine Ryan: Parental Guidance

Comedian Katherine Ryan is exploring unconventional parenting ideas in her new TV series, “Katherine Ryan: Parental Guidance,” which airs on W on Mondays at 9.00pm. The series follows Katherine’s journey as she meets families across the UK who are living and breathing alternative parenting methods. As a busy stand-up comedian and TV host, Katherine is juggling her childcare responsibilities and her career, leading her to question the traditional norms of parenting.

In the series, Katherine opens up about her own parenting style, which she describes as unconventional. She practices attachment parenting, potty trains her children at an early age, carries her babies everywhere, and insists on meeting their needs immediately. Katherine believes in listening to her own instincts rather than following societal norms. She explains, “I parent in quite an unconventional way and you’ll see that in the series…Not every family is doing that and maybe it’s not sustainable, but it’s the way I do it.”

When asked why she decided to make a TV series about unconventional parenting, Katherine reveals, “Sometimes television companies ask me what I’d like to explore in a potential show – and raising my children is really the only thing I care about. So, when W asked if I would like to do a whole series about parenting outside the box I was in right away. I just can’t think of anything more interesting for me personally, and I’m curious about how other people are raising their children.”

The series also dives into Katherine’s own family life. She candidly shares her experiences and lets the cameras into her home. Katherine explains, “It was actually fine – in the end I think there is even more access than I previously envisaged…I’m very happy to share my life too. Ultimately those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing, so I welcomed the crew in.”


One aspect of the series that Katherine grapples with is the idea of raising a boy. As a feminist, she believes in raising the best boy she can and challenging toxic masculinity. Katherine reflects, “I owe the world a wonderful man and I know that every man just used to be a little boy like [my son] Fred, I wish they could all feel good about themselves and feel supported, nurtured and loved.” She seeks advice and explores different approaches to raising a boy in today’s society.

Throughout the series, Katherine meets various families who are raising their children in unconventional ways. One family rejects traditional schooling in favor of “unschooling,” while another relies on extended family members for childcare. These encounters challenge Katherine’s own beliefs and inspire her to make changes in her own parenting approach. She admits, “It’s challenging for me because while attachment parenting is really important to me, I’m the one in the family who works, so I do need to make time for that.”

In “Katherine Ryan: Parental Guidance,” viewers will not only get an intimate look into Katherine’s own family life but also gain insights from other families who are breaking the mold of traditional parenting. The series serves as a thought-provoking exploration of different parenting methods and offers a fresh take on the joys and challenges of raising children in today’s world.

Katherine Ryan: Parental Guidance airs Monday nights at 9.00pm on W.


Image Credit: W Network/UK TV

Mia Silva is a talented British entertainment reporter whose passion for storytelling and diverse background (half Mexican, half English) adds a unique perspective to her coverage. With a keen eye for detail, she brings the latest news and interviews to our avid readers.

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