GMB sparks debate after mother Nic Bescoby admits she lets her children do what she wants

A mother who lets her three children decide what and when they eat, sleep and study has been slammed by Twitter users.

Nic Bescoby, from Rochdale, shares three children George, 8, and Ellie, 7, and young Amy with her husband, and appeared on GMB this morning to reveal her approach of ‘gentle parenting’.

The blogger revealed that she started letting her children decide their own bedtimes and what to eat when George was as young as three, and argued that she ‘didn’t want to make them anxious’ by telling them when to go to sleep.

Explaining that her eldest children, who don’t attend school, are learning how to read by ‘reading street signs’ and through videogame Minecraft and ‘writing cards to their friends’, the mum came come under fire by viewers who branded her parenting technique ‘lazy and dangerous’.

Nic Bescoby shares three children George, 8, and Ellie, 7, and young Amy with her husband, and appeared on GMB this morning to reveal her approach of 'gentle parenting'

Nic Bescoby shares three children George, 8, and Ellie, 7, and young Amy with her husband, and appeared on GMB this morning to reveal her approach of 'gentle parenting'

Nic Bescoby shares three children George, 8, and Ellie, 7, and young Amy with her husband, and appeared on GMB this morning to reveal her approach of ‘gentle parenting’

The mother revealed that she started letting her children decide their own bedtimes and what to eat when George was as young as three, and argued that she 'didn't want to make them anxious' by telling them when to go to sleep (George and Ellie seen)

The mother revealed that she started letting her children decide their own bedtimes and what to eat when George was as young as three, and argued that she 'didn't want to make them anxious' by telling them when to go to sleep (George and Ellie seen)

The mother revealed that she started letting her children decide their own bedtimes and what to eat when George was as young as three, and argued that she ‘didn’t want to make them anxious’ by telling them when to go to sleep (George and Ellie seen)

Speaking to presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, she said: ‘George learned to read and write by pointing as signs and over time got vocabulary.

‘Ellie is learning to read through  a game and through minecraft or when they want to write cards to her friends. I’m not training them for a 9-5 job.’

She added: ‘It’s working together on mutual respect. The girls tend to go to bed around 9 to 11pm and George will go to bed when he’s ready.’

And when Kate questioned how they will learn how to about healthy eating and sleeping patterns, as well as socialising, she argued: ‘The home education community is great. I think we’re teaching them social skills more than if they saw the same people at school every day.’  

The mum came come under fire by viewers who branded her parenting technique 'lazy and dangerous'

The mum came come under fire by viewers who branded her parenting technique 'lazy and dangerous'

The mum came come under fire by viewers who branded her parenting technique ‘lazy and dangerous’

Nic Bescoby, from Rochdale, pictured reading with her three children George, 8, and Ellie, 7, and young Amy

Nic Bescoby, from Rochdale, pictured reading with her three children George, 8, and Ellie, 7, and young Amy

Nic Bescoby, from Rochdale, pictured reading with her three children George, 8, and Ellie, 7, and young Amy

Slamming suggestions she was being lazy, she said: ‘It’s not laziness! It’s much more work. I work from home and homeschool them and find all the answers to the questions myself. 

‘The lazier option is to say ‘you have to do as I say’.’

She added: ‘The society we’re in now will change, we need out of the box thinkers who are free thinkers, we need children who can be creative otherwise we’re not teaching them to think for themselves. The curriculum is available for them and whoever wants it.’

She explained that her eldest children, who don't attend school, are learning how to read by 'reading street signs' and through minecraft and 'writing cards to their friends'

She explained that her eldest children, who don't attend school, are learning how to read by 'reading street signs' and through minecraft and 'writing cards to their friends'

She explained that her eldest children, who don’t attend school, are learning how to read by ‘reading street signs’ and through minecraft and ‘writing cards to their friends’

Viewers quickly slammed the method, with one tweeting: 'What about when these children are older and have to go to work? No qualifications. No routines. No discipline. Lazy. Poor kids don’t stand a chance.'

Viewers quickly slammed the method, with one tweeting: 'What about when these children are older and have to go to work? No qualifications. No routines. No discipline. Lazy. Poor kids don’t stand a chance.'

Viewers quickly slammed the method, with one tweeting: ‘What about when these children are older and have to go to work? No qualifications. No routines. No discipline. Lazy. Poor kids don’t stand a chance.’

And viewers quickly slammed the method, with one tweeting:  ‘What about when these children are older and have to go to work? No qualifications. No routines. No discipline. Lazy. Poor kids don’t stand a chance.’

Another added: ‘This woman is delusional if she believes her parenting technique will not have an affect on those children later…we live in a society with rules, timetables and structure….you won’t change that letting your children do what they want’.

‘Her kids learn to read by playing Minecraft and reading signs. WOW. Just WOW!’, another wrote.

Meanwhile one said: ‘This parent on GMB is no proof this works as they’ve not grown up yet. Let’s see how they turn out as adults. We give our kids too many choices, it’s overwhelming in this busy world’.

And one concluded: ‘She’s certainly a lazy parent. Those children should already be reading. That opens up a whole new world to a child. I actually feel sorry for her kids’.

'Her kids learn to read by playing Minecraft and reading signs. WOW. Just WOW!', another wrote

'Her kids learn to read by playing Minecraft and reading signs. WOW. Just WOW!', another wrote

‘Her kids learn to read by playing Minecraft and reading signs. WOW. Just WOW!’, another wrote

Speaking to presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, she said: 'George learned to read and write by pointing as signs and over time got vocab, Ellie is learning to read through a game and through minecraft or when they want to write cards to her friends.

Speaking to presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, she said: 'George learned to read and write by pointing as signs and over time got vocab, Ellie is learning to read through a game and through minecraft or when they want to write cards to her friends.

Speaking to presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, she said: ‘George learned to read and write by pointing as signs and over time got vocab, Ellie is learning to read through a game and through minecraft or when they want to write cards to her friends.

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