Yummy Mummy

 
"Mom-provement" show will probably bore kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sends the message that moms can deserve (and can have!) a life, too -- if they put their minds to it and enlist their family's help. Some of the "fixes" rely on superficial changes (clothes, cosmetic treatments).

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

Some episodes/featured moms are concerned with their appearances, particularly compared to their peers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show's subject matter -- it revolves around an affable host helping stressed-out moms deal with their issues (from juggling household duties to feeling more attractive) in a healthy and constructive way -- makes it harmless fare for most kids. But for the same reasons, it's unlikely to appeal to little ones. They aren't likely to relate to the women being profiled and will probably be bored.

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What's the story?

In YUMMY MUMMY, stressed-out moms with everyday problems get expert advice and help from Canadian TV personality/working mom Erica Ehm. In each episode, Ehm helps fellow moms who are dealing with raising kids, working full- or part-time, and running a household find balance. She gives her own advice but also relies on a panel of experts to aid in de-stressing the frazzled, exhausted parents. For example, a young mother returning to work after her child's birth gets advice on time management -- which includes talking to her boss about implementing a flex-time schedule, hiring someone to do her household chores for her, and relying on her husband and a babysitter when she needs a break. Another woman gets a makeover (including Botox injections and hair, makeup, and clothing changes) to help her feel better about being an older mom among the group of younger parents at her kids' school.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Yummy Mummy is like a televised version of Parenting and Real Simple magazines. Its segments are sure to entertain moms (if they can find the time to watch!), but it offers little to engage or entertain young viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difficult jobs that mothers and fathers have. Why do moms and dads get tired sometimes? What's it like to balance the demands of a family with other responsibilities? What can kids do to help? Does a show like this really help make parents' jobs easier? Why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Erica Ehm
Network:Discovery Health Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 22, 2012
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yummy mummy

Families can talk about the difficult jobs that mothers and fathers have. Why do moms and dads get tired sometimes? What's it like to balance the demands of a family with other responsibilities? What can kids do to help? Does a show like this really help make parents' jobs easier? Why or why not?
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Great messages
Too much consumerism

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