A HUSBAND AND WIFE CAN'T AGREE ON HOW TO PARENT THEIR FOUR
CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY THEIR DEFIANT TODDLER, ON ABC'S "SUPERNANNY"
"Ririe Family" -- Scott and Jennifer Ririe have their hands full with their four children -- daughter Selia (9) and sons Hallden (7), Blake (3), and Broden(1). Scott and Jennifer have two completely different outlooks on how their children should be parented. By far their most troublesome child is the reckless and defiant Blake. Every time Jennifer looks away, he makes a beeline for the front door and dashes out across the busy street to play with a neighbor friend. In public, Jennifer also has no control over Blake. He refuses to stay with her and runs off constantly; and when she chases after him, she leaves her other children unattended. While Jennifer is fearful for Blake's safety, Scott doesn't have a problem with this situation, often laughing it off. The parents also disagree about their children's eating habits. Both let the kids snack whenever they want, but Jennifer wants that to change. Scott has the opposite view, saying that they should be able to snack as much as they want. Blake loves to graze and by mealtime isn't hungry. He has no problem putting food in his mouth, but refuses to swallow and typically spits it in the garbage. Again, this troubles Jennifer, while Scott thinks it's fine. The result is a child who is out of control and parents who are out of answers, so it's Jo Frost to the rescue, on "Supernanny," WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 3/21/05)
Supernanny Jo Frost catapulted to fame when the U.K. version of "Supernanny" debuted in 2004, and she's considered by many to be a godsend to U.S. parents and media, counting Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Ripa, Newsweek and reporters nationwide among her fans. In addition, her paperback book, Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children, rose to No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
On the television program, Jo observes how 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. When parents witness Jo's results and -- even better -- achieve them on their own, they are true believers in the Supernanny way. Best of all, children and adults alike can enjoy the lasting benefits of a more harmonious family life.
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.
This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.