TV’s Supernanny is cool: A Review. Ten of the best techniques I’ve gleaned from the show.


I am fascinated by the Supernanny.  She’s the English Nanny who helps rescue people being over-run by their kids.  What’s most fascinating about her is that she doesn’t have any kids, but she seems to have a good understanding of what makes kids tick. No matter how assertive she is with the children,  the kids seem to love her. She knows the difference between being stern and mean. (It is TV) It just proves that kids are looking for authority figures, not friends.

This lady has good ideas. I was watching a marathon of these shows yesterday. Why I should be interested after I’m all done with mothering bewilders me. Maybe I’m just glad I didn’t live with abusive kids.

These new parents have a lot on their plates. It takes two incomes to raise kids these days. It’s a lot of responsibility, work and time.  I think maybe we’ve lost sight of what’s important. I think our mothers, father, and grandparents had a better idea.

I’m not saying I was the perfect mother, far from it. Luckily, my kids came out all right, but I  could have used some of the techniques I see proposed on this TV show.

Ten Valuable Techniques (I’ve watched

Supernanny

Supernanny (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Supernanny teach hapless parents.)

1 .When disciplining the child, get down on their level. Have them think about what they did wrong, then have them apologize. (I actually did use this technique. It was in place in the medieval times. )
2. Put some authority in your voice, so they know you mean business.
3. Make them go in their corner or room for one minute per age.
4. If they get out of bed at night, just put them back in their beds. The first time, say something, but after that don’t talk, just put them back in bed.
5 .Don’t let them use bad language, kick, hit or abuse the parents. It should never be tolerated.
6. Keep a good routine going. Give them thing to do that they will like. (Don’t just expect toys or TV  to completely entertain them.)
7 .Make sure your house is safe and that they can’t get into trouble.
8. Give them responsibility.
9. Take time to play with them.
10 Take time to listen to them.

Clinging Child

The story that I found unbelievable was about a little boy who was clinging onto his mother. She couldn’t walk 10 feet without him putting up his arms and demanding that she pick him up. She never turned him down.  He also decided what time his  mom and he should go to bed.  When he got tired, he happily crawled in bed with Mom and Dad (already asleep).

Supernanny gave Mom several  techniques to un-cling little 2-year old.  Mom was unwittingly promoting these  clinging habits. Dad wasn’t helping because when  he came home from work, he had transition time which never ended. He sat on a chair all night and watched TV. As soon as he became engaged with his kids, things began to improve.

It all came out all right. (At least on the TV show.)  The clinging  child  finally went to sleep in his own bed, disengaged from his mom and stopped throwing tantrums every time she put him on the floor.

If the kids featured on Supernanny are messed up, it’s easy to see who is responsible. It usually goes back to Mom and Dad.

The parents don’t seem to have any insight in what they’re doing to create these little monsters. Some parents are afraid of their kids not liking them, some are too lazy to tend to their kid’s needs, and others just don’t know what to do.

It seems peculiar that they don’t teach these kinds of skills in school. I think it’s needed now, more than ever.

Your thoughts?

The Twilight Zone: A Classic Series. What was your favorite?


1959 Series Logo

1959 Series Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re a baby boomer, or older, you remember the old Twilight Zone series. It was great writing, and acting. Most of them even hold up today. It was a lot more subtle than the scary stuff of today. Like vampires, vampires, and more vampires.

I enjoyed  the twist in the stories. It seems like Rod Serling, the producer, was trying to tell us what was important by scaring us to death. I’ll still watch the old series on the  Sci-fi  channel. Rarely, do I find one I haven’t really seen before. When I do, I am delighted!

One Twilight Zone episode I particularly remember is one where a man dies and he thinks he goes to heaven. He gets all the girls he wants, wins at gambling, and gets everything he ever wanted in life.

What do you think happens?

If you ever saw that episode you remember that he is bored. Life isn’t fun anymore.

Guess where he is?

That’s right. He’s not in heaven. He’s in Hell.

That particular episode starred Sebastian Cabot as the devil!  I guess I remember it distinctly because I was a little girl when I saw it, and his laugh scared the Hell out of me! I was only about 8, and up after hours.

But, I thought about it when I didn’t get something I wanted. If life was always easy, it wouldn’t be any fun. I know that’s hard to believe, but I think it’s true.

What’s your favorite old Twilight Zone episode, or science fiction episode, and what did you learn from it?

Rod Serling (with shadow on pink bkgrd)

Rod Serling (with shadow on pink bkgrd) (Photo credit: csc1950)