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 had?
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 the kids."
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 day.
How do you feel about growing older, as we all must -- but you have to do it on TV?
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!"