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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.
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What highlights can we expect to see in the new season of Supernanny? Any particularly challenging families?

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.

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