TWO MIDDLE-AGED PARENTS FACE A TRIPLE THREAT FROM THEIR OWN UNRULY CHILDREN, ON ABC'S "SUPERNANNY," MONDAY, MARCH 14
"Jeans Family" -- David and Barbara Jeans waited 16 years into their marriage to have kids, and their three girls don't show any mercy on the middle-aged pair. Andra, who is four-and-a-half years old, dominates the family with her selfish demands, tantrums, and violent outbursts that feature hitting and kicking anything and anyone in her way. She is running the show and the rest of the Jeans are taking orders. Three-year-old twin girls Jessie and Leah can't help but learn from their older sister. Jessie has quickly picked up the aggressive behavior while Leah is a nonstop crier, weeping over every little thing. The combination of Andra and the twins makes for a turbulent and chaotic existence. Complicating things is David's job as a salesman, which takes him out of town for five days out of every month. Barbara is left to fend for herself alone with the three terrors. She is at her wit's end and is starting to doubt her own ability as a mother, but it's Supernanny Jo Frost to the rescue, airing MONDAY,
MARCH 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/17/05)
In each episode of "Supernanny," Jo observes how the parents handle their day-to-day obstacles with their children. Once she's assessed the pitfalls, she works with the parents, instilling her tried-and-true methods for transforming unwanted behavior. Then, after demonstrating just how well the new style will work and getting unbelievable results from the children, the parents must fly solo with the Supernanny techniques. For several days they try to implement Jo's suggestions, and she revisits them at the end of the program to help keep them on track for the future.
Jo's simple methods stress consistency, communication and reasonable consequences for poor behavior, all delivered with loving firmness. She emphasizes the importance of spelling out the new rules of the household to children in advance, as well as explaining the consequences for infractions. One standard punishment in Jo's program is a short time out period on the "Naughty Step" or, for older children, in the "Naughty Room" -- a room devoid of toys, TV or other distractions. Children soon tire of the time outs and conform to better behavior. She also candidly points out to parents where they need to be more decisive, more flexible or even how they may need to adjust their expectations of a child's readiness for certain behaviors.
Nick Powell is the creator and executive producer of both the American and British versions of the show. Craig Armstrong is executive producer of the American version. "Supernanny" is produced by Ricochet, Ltd.
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