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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this home organization reality show combines mild interpersonal drama with some interesting home arrangement ideas. The show focuses on a group of Southern women who often wear high heels, short skirts, and heavy make-up, reinforcing ideals of traditional femininity. Very rare language includes "crap," "bitch," and "screwed."
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Is it any good?
Families who love before and after reveals, home improvement shows, and mild drama will enjoy watching THE AMANDAS. The show, which centers on professional organizer Amanda LeBlanc and her team, known collectively as the Amandas, finds most of its drama in the dynamic between the clashing personalities on the team. Rarely do any of the women get rude or angry -- these are proper Alabama ladies, after all -- so when tempers do flare, it's an occasion.
There are some genuinely excellent organizing tips to pick up along the way, so home improvement enthusiasts may want to add this show to their DVR list. Overall, it's very watchable, though some of the gender stereotyping may irritate parents. Amanda LeBlanc's insistence that politics, religion, and sex are taboo topics, and that heels and a mini-skirt on a job site are the only proper way to dress oneself, make for some good teaching moments for families watching the show with their kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about working as a team. Do you think it's difficult to blend personalities on a team? What other challenges can you imagine that a team might face to get a job done? What challenges do you observe on the show?
Do you think the Amandas conform to gender stereotypes? What examples can you think of that reinforce what women should look like or act like? What examples from the show defy those stereotypes?
What is the appeal of this reality show? Do you think everyone is acting normally, or do they play up the drama for TV?
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