A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show isn't intended to be educational, but kids may pick up some tips on how to wrangle large groups.
This is a loving family, albeit not a perfect one, and the show clearly conveys their strong relationships.
Positive Role Models
Overall, the parents act like parents, using appropriate discipline to encourage good behavior from their kids. In one episode, dad Eric gets pulled over for speeding (but he doesn't get a ticket, probably because he's a cop himself).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's little content in this reality series that's inappropriate for kids. The featured family is prone to needling and teasing each other, but it's clear that they love each other, too. Some of the younger children whine, but, then again, they're 4.
Is It Any Good?
The only thing that makes the Hayes family unusual is that they've got 10 kids. Other than that, they're actually pretty ordinary. They're loving, Eric is actively involved with the kids, and there's appropriate discipline. The biggest downside is the constant whining in the background, but where there's a 4-year-old, there's whining -- and the Hayeses have six of them.
Admittedly, going out for pizza or to the grocery store is a bit more of a challenge, but it's not that interesting, either -- and that's the show's biggest problem. The Hayeses are nice and probably interesting enough in real life, but they're not must-see TV material.
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