Supernanny Jo Frost's Top Three Tips for Parents
As her show kicks off its sixth season, television's favorite nanny shares her favorite tips for raising happy, healthy children.
Has there ever been
a child disciplinary challenge or family situation that you just couldn't
No! And I don't say
that conceited, either. Of course, you just never know and I'm not one to be
complacent when I walk into a house. I've been doing the show for five years
here and in the UK, and I've been in child care for two decades. There is
always a solution. The family may need other help to continue the process of
healing and fixing what the problems are. I've met parents who say there's no
hope. There's always hope and there's always a solution. Even if the problem is
not "curable," there are solutions in how you work alongside each other. The
work always goes on -- you don't clock in and clock out with parenthood. It's
not "mommy's just going around the deli and get a nap, and I'll see you in an
hour!" We're being raised in a DIY quick-fix society, but anything you do
that's successful takes time.
What highlights can
we expect to see in the new season of Supernanny? Any particularly
We're dealing with
quite a few teenagers this season. We're seeing the relationships that form
between teenagers and their parents, the challenges and the struggles,
basically the middle ground between them not being young children and not yet
being in adulthood. And there are a few resistant parents and a little bit of
drama there, since we're taking a look at families where I'm closely
interacting with the relationship between the parents, as well. I salute every
family who has the courage to call for my help knowing that there will be a
camera crew in the house!
How do you take care
of your own health when you're constantly on the road, traveling from one
family's house to another? What is your own travel schedule like? When do you
get the time to exercise?
It's crazy, I've got to
say. There is a very harsh, relentless schedule. I think people think I'm
joking when I tell them that I actually live out of my suitcase. I really do. I
don't have a base, I'm kind of like a gypsy or the circus. I've been traveling
like this for five years, and some days we'd be filming 18 hours. Every two
weeks I'm on a plane again and traveling for seven hours. The lack of
consistency means you start all over again. I'd be consistent for two weeks,
then fall off the wagon because I wouldn't know where I was going next. I
wasn't happy with the weight gain I had accumulated. It was unhealthy for me
and I said, "No, I need to change this. My health is important." I looked at my
schedule and decided that I'd get up at 5 a.m. and work out for two hours.
I lift weights and I do cardio -- I change it up, but I like the elliptical
trainer. Nothing comes in between me and that! There are days that the alarm
goes off at 5, and I stare at it and think, "How badly do you want this?" And
the answer is: I want my health badly.