Supernanny

Common Sense Media says

Modern-day Poppins is more for parents than kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Supernanny strives for parents to model respectful parenting.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Anthony Green, Jo Frost, Nick Frost
Network:ABC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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

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Kid, 11 years old January 4, 2011
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10
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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 model for parents since she has great parenting skills. Concerns... In all the episodes the kids are always out of control and they're definitely not good role models. The parents are also not good role models since sometimes they could be abusive. They're is some mild swearing but anything too bad is always bleeped. I <3 it!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bybkid December 20, 2010
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9
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Supernanny is the best role model for parenting. There is uncensored language like "p*ssed", "hell"and "d*mn". All other language, "fingers", and "privates" are censored.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byholly525 March 11, 2011
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8
QUALITY
 

Great Show

Great for parenting tips. I love this show and I'm not even a parent. It has some language and mature content, but it is stuff you may need to deal with as a parent.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models

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