Come on, admit it. You occasionally watch those trashy shows, but don’t want anyone to know—America’s Next Top Model or The Biggest Loser. Well, last night I was totally exhausted after a continued attempt to catch up at work (not successful, I might add), I was home alone, and I found Supernanny on TV.
Here’s the thing, I made tons of parenting mistakes with my kids and they sometimes acted like total wild animals—but they never flipped me the bird, broke things on a daily basis, bit me, tackled me, ordered food as if they were at a fast-food joint, or laughed at me behind my back (OK, probably that last one they did).
I watched the blunders of these parents last night and just glowed with satisfaction at my own good parenting skills. Of course it’s also easier now that my children haven’t lived at home for years. They have become the ideal children in the past 8 years or so!
The other thing about Supernanny is that by the end of the show—a mere one hour—Jojo has solved each family’s problems, no matter how insurmountable. And it is usually something as simple as giving positive attention to children instead of negative labeling.
Anyway, if you are struggling, thinking you’re not doing a good job at being a parent, check out an episode—and if you’re not a parent, I think watching it could be an effective method of birth control!