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Super Nanny

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I'm so excited. It's Monday night. Which means that Super Nanny is on TV tonight. I am not a huge fan of reality TV (ok, I admit I watch American Idol), but I think that Super Nanny is one of the best programs on.

For those who are unfamiliar with the show, the premise is pretty simple. Jo Frost, a child behavioral expert, visits the homes of desperate parents with badly behaved children, and teaches them techniques and strategies to reclaim control of their lives and households. I have to admit, I don't know if I would have the courage to bare my dirty laundry on TV, but many times the parents seem to be pretty desperate.

Jo appears to take an honest, caring and straightforward approach to assisting the families. Often, the message most parents need help comprehending and confronting is that their children are behaving poorly because they are mirroring their own behavior and frustrations (even the unspoken ones). It such a powerful message, even for those who do not have children. In our fast paced, digitally isolated world, we often forget that we aren't isolated and that our behaviors and thoughts affect those we interact with in ways that we are not even aware of.

Are you cognizant of how your thoughts and behaviors affect others? What image do you unconsciously project to others? How do you cause people to react to you?

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The mere fact that I have an impressionable 5 year old around me all day ensures that I have to be constantly guarding my mouth and behavior.
I have seen Jo Frost in action and I like her too. It seems so obvious to the viewer what these parents are doing wrong...they allow (for some reason) their kids rule the roost?! I don't get it...although we recognise that generations of poor parenting perpetuate themselves ad infinitum.

Now obviously nobody is perfect at parenting but one of the greatest gifts is that you learn so much about yourself when you are raising children.

Sure you want them to achieve more than you did and be 'better' human beings but as the old saying goes anything worth learning cannot be taught..they still have to make mistakes on their own..and OWN them.
When your kids are young you want to teach them that each thought, decision and action has consequences...there is no neutral.

I look at it as a partnership of sorts but I have a veto.

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