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.
We've heard that you
have terrible food allergies. How do you manage those when you have to be in
other people's homes so often? What's the worst allergic reaction you've ever
God, they're a pain.
I'm allergic to just about everything, to be honest with you. You Americans
really love your peanut butter! PB and Js, Reese's chocolate peanut butter
cups, everything has a smidgen of peanut butter and that's just a no-no for me.
I don't tell the families to get rid of their peanut butter. There is so much
that they have to sign on the dotted line for, and then to say, "By the way,
can you get rid of the food you like as well?" If they get it out, I ask, "Do
you mind if you don't eat that, because I won't be able to kiss and cuddle with
Some airlines still do
serve peanuts and I've had a hard time with that. I've mentioned it to flight
attendants and they've gotten a bit funny about it. It makes it hard to go
out and eat in restaurants. I'm not trusting, because I have to be so careful.
I have to explain that pesto has pine nuts, which means there's an allergen!
I'm also allergic to shellfish -- peanuts and crustaceans, apparently the
allergies coincide a lot. I love to eat fish, so if I want clams or mussels, I
have to make sure they're not near the shrimp. If there's a spoon, I'll ask
them to wash it first. I was hospitalized once after peanuts had been put
in food during filming and I wasn't told about it. I was in a very bad way.
It's relentless! You have to repeat yourself constantly.
What's your favorite
part of your body?
My third eye! I'm very
intuitive and I don't take it for granted. I'm grateful for it every
How do you feel
about growing older, as we all must -- but you have to do it on
I'm fine about it,
actually! Maybe it's a European thing. Coming to America, it was weird, where
L.A. was the first port of call and nobody says what their age is! I've seen
myself on TV and thought, "God, I've aged, no two ways about it!" But we
all get older, and I think it's important to grow old gracefully. Besides,
people see me on TV in the Supernanny outfit and then they tell me, "Oh, you
look so much younger in real life!"
What's your best
health habit? Your worst?
My worst is also my
best -- it's the sun! We're starved of it in Britain. Being at the beach helps
me relax, but being exposed to the sun all the time isn't good. It feels
peaceful to hear the sea and soak up the sun. You feel like you're just melting
into the lounge and it feels good. But I'm cautious and I know about sun