Supernanny

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Modern-day Poppins is more for parents than kids.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 37 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this tv show.

Positive messages

The Supernanny strives for parents to model respectful parenting.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that occasionally there's a parent who yells or spanks their child. Kids may think it's funny to see other children misbehaving, but overall this show will probably be more interesting to parents than kids.

User Reviews

Adult Written by[email protected] January 8, 2009

We watch this show together

Our family loves this show. I've been watching it with my kids since they were little. We talk about the families and how they could be doing things better...
Adult Written bydeenamai September 16, 2009

damaging show

The supernanny advocates a particularly rigid, violent, and controlling form of parenting. She makes the parents believe they are bad parents if they are not co...
Teen, 13 years old Written bybkid December 20, 2010
Supernanny is the best role model for parenting. There is uncensored language like "p*ssed", "hell"and "d*mn". All other language,...
Kid, 11 years old January 4, 2011

EPIC

LOVE IT! One thing you gotta know about me I'm ADDICTED to reality shows (like this) Here comes the reviews: Highlights... Joe (supernanny) is a great role...

What's the story?

For every parent who feels like throwing in the towel, there's hope on the way. She's the SUPERNANNY, one of the most popular exports from the U.K. in years. In every episode Jo Frost studies how a family functions together. What is the bedtime ritual? What is the family's philosophy on discipline? How are the parents working together? What are the individual needs of the child? All these questions and more are super-analyzed on the first day. She then works with the parents on overcoming the behavioral challenges demonstrated by the child. It's no surprise that often it's the parent's behavior that works against the child's. The teaching begins on changing the models of play, discipline, eating, bedtime, and even pottytime. She continues her study of the family and supports the parents as they take on the Supernanny's prescription for better parenting.

Is it any good?

Supernanny was an overnight success in Britain and in the States, but one has to wonder about the appeal to the kid viewer. This is a show for parents to learn through other parent's mistakes and victories. If kids want to watch, they may discover the challenges of parenting or snicker at some of the awful behavior displayed by the young children. Chances are, they'll get bored and wonder off to do some of their own mischief.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the behavior of the children and the strategies utilized to overcome this behavior. Were these strategies successful? Do they think the parents will be able to keep up these strategies when Supernanny and the cameras leave? Is it realistic to solve a discipline problem so quickly and easily? And finally, how do cultural factors play a role in parenting?

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