Hope for Your Home

Common Sense Media says

Hands-on help for families facing foreclosure.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The families in trouble are given a modest budget but must fix their own problems and make their own decisions. Gender roles are reinforced in at least one case, with the man doing all the work and the woman caring for their baby.

Violence & scariness
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Language

Very limited and generally mild. Words include "ass."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this show is about families, its real estate focus means that it probably won't be too interesting to younger kids. And it's possible that some of the families' struggles might be stressful for kids whose own parents are dealing with financial challenges. There's some mild language, including the word "ass." In at least one case, traditional gender roles seem to be reinforced, with a man doing all the work and his wife barely participating.

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What's the story?

With real estate expert Kirsten Kemp Becker leading the way, families that are facing potential foreclosure on their homes due to the current mortgage crisis get help with improvements that should increase their home's value. The show provides them with a modest amount of money, and they're left to do the work -- and make the big decisions -- themselves. When the work is done, they're given the option of selling or re-financing.

Is it any good?

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While it lacks the tear-jerking potential of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, HOPE FOR YOUR HOME does offer good information about what features will add value to a house, even in today's declining real estate market. And it does so in a way that's mostly engaging. It also presents the homeowners' mistakes and challenges honestly, albeit with mostly happy endings.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this show presents a realistic way of dealing with serious financial problems. Do you think it offers practical help for people who aren't on television? If kids are upset by the idea of people potentially losing their homes -- a very real fear in today's world -- reassure them about your home's security. Or, if foreclosure is a possibility for your family, ask your kids about their worries and talk them through.

TV details

Cast:Kirsten Kemp
Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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