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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Preachers' Daughters exploits emotional moments between parents and their teen daughters in the recognizable fashion of reality TV. Parents and kids often butt heads over family rules about dating and other rites of passage for teens, so yelling, crying, and venting during camera confessionals are to be expected. There's frank talk about sexuality ("finger" sex, oral sex, "backdoor" sex, and penetration are the highlights of a female preacher's teen sex class) and harsh repercussions for those who break rules of conduct, but physical contact is limited to kissing and embracing. Drug and alcohol use is shown as well as discussed as part of teens' behavior. While parents' responses to their daughters' missteps differ, they share a desire to keep their kids on the right path and a respect for religious faith as the basis for their beliefs.
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What's the story?
PREACHERS' DAUGHTERS is an unscripted drama series that follows three preachers' families trying to balance the rules of their faith with the worldly desires of their sometimes unruly teen girls. Led by pastor Mark, the Perry family copes with the aftermath of 18-year-old Olivia's unexpected motherhood, and the hits keep coming with some surprising revelations from her and her older sisters. Ken Coleman is determined to safeguard his daughter Taylor's virtue, much to the chagrin of the socialite, who finds her parents' rules too confining. Kolby Koloff's divorced parents -- both of whom are ministers -- may not agree on much, but they see eye to eye on what they expect from her when it comes to relationships with boys. In this series, viewers glimpse the emotional highs and lows indicative of relationships between teens and their parents, especially when their strict family values contradict the temptations of the world.
Is it any good?
There's nothing remarkable about the style of Preachers' Daughters, which, like so many reality series before it, taps voyeuristic clips of what would otherwise be intimate conversations between family members or friends for the pleasure of the viewing audience. For their part, none of the participants seem affected by the presence of the cameras (although the teens seem to love it being there at times), and the emotions they share come across as real enough, but it's always hard to swallow the validity of the heart-wrenching exchanges when the camera intrudes on the moments.
That said, the players raise a lot of issues that are relevant to more than just their own lives, and teens and parents who tune in together will have a lot to talk about once the show is over. Dating and sex, drinking, drug use, even basic communication -- these issues and more come to a head, and the characters' candor certainly offers food for thought for viewers on both sides of the generational divide. Even more so does the show's embrace of faith as a source of strength for families struggling with various trials in the home and with their family members.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the families' rules compare to their own. Are the parents stricter about their kids' conduct because they are preachers? Do the restrictions ever work against them, encouraging rebellious behavior from the teens?
Parents can take this opportunity to reiterate their teens' rules about dating, media use, driving, etc. What are the repercussions for breaking these rules? What role does each play in keeping your kids safe?
How do your families' priorities reflect your religious beliefs or values? Is faith a driving force in your life? How does it help guide your actions?
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