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Mother-of-two Zoe Wallace has been told she “doesn’t deserve” to have kids because of her unorthodox parenting style. She lets her kids decide when to go to bed and when to hand in their gadgets. But the 26-year-old says it works for her family, the Mirror reports.

Mrs. Wallace gives Dominic, four, and year-old Parker unlimited screen time and sets no bedtime for the couple – and her partner, 40-year-old Dave, agrees to what she wants.

She shared her parenting methods on TikTok, where she has more than 50,000 followers – and the response wasn’t all positive.

But she stands her ground. She told the Mirror their approach means her children know their own limits.

She said: “We give our kids unlimited screen time. They have access to TV, YouTube, tablets and laptops.

“They have all the free access they need (under parental supervision, of course), but they still know their own limits.

“For example, my son returns his tablet after an hour and then starts coloring or playing with his action figures.

“We also don’t limit screen time around bedtime, something parents do too.

“We allow him to have the tablet while in bed or have the TV on, it’s never caused us a problem so we see no reason to change it.

“Screen time has been so beneficial to our son, his talking and reading has increased so much because a lot of stuff on kids tablets or YouTube for kids is educational and very useful for kids.

Our one-year-old daughter has also learned basic BSL (British Sign Language), all with the help of YouTube.

“It’s a great resource that we won’t be taking away from our children any time soon.”

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She also explained why she didn’t have a set bedtime or bedtime routine.

She said: “I have always followed their flow and let them decide when they are tired and ready for bed.

“This is something that has caused a backlash for me.

“People assume my kids are up all night and in charge and apparently it’s not good for them not to enforce a strict routine when in reality it works so much better for us.

“We’ve never had a problem going to bed and our kids sleep early most nights. It also means they’ve always been able to understand their own bodies and notice when they’re tired.

“It avoids tears before bed.”

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In the past, the mother-of-two claims that people have told her she “doesn’t deserve” to have kids and has often been criticized for her techniques.

Despite this, Zoe makes it her mission to try and help other moms and dads feel less “alone” when it comes to parenting.

She added: “Usually people pick up on different parenting techniques and pull apart everything I do, even to the extreme of saying I don’t deserve kids or they’ll resent me when they’re older.

“As I’ve grown on TikTok, I’ve gotten a thicker skin, so I just filter out the comments so I don’t even see the negative anymore.

“All that matters is that I make more moms feel normal and less ashamed.

“In parenting there is a lot of stigma around different techniques and mothers are usually shamed online.

“I post my videos to show the realistic side of parenting and to show that they are normal. My TikTok account is about being real and raw.

“I’m showing the real life of being a mom instead of an edited version for the internet.

“I want to reach out to other moms who are the same as me, who do the same things I do, to show them that it’s okay and that they don’t have to be ashamed.”


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