for release Friday December 9, 2005
by Melodie Davis
Top Ten Tips from Super Nannies
Perhaps the Christmas season is a bad time to talk about child discipline. While some kids are “extra good” during December hoping Santa will come through for them, even the most well behaved, disciplined child will occasionally have a meltdown given the excitement of Christmas, naps and bedtime schedules turned upside down, meeting distant relatives, being expected to be nice, and too much candy.
However, there is a lot of help out there and maybe a quick look at “secrets of super nannies” will prevent one tantrum. If so, this column is well spent! Or, perhaps it will give you something to think about for “after the holidays” or maybe even New Year resolutions regarding your goals for a smoother and more fulfilling family life.
I find it very interesting that the British are regarded as some kind of model here, given that four British women are featured as the experts in Fox’s “Nanny 911” show, and another stars in ABC’s “Supernanny.” Now I get word that a third reality show from a production company called BBC America is coming out with a new show, “Little Angels” featuring Dr. Tanya Byron, also a Brit.
So it was reassuring when a recent episode of “Supernanny” featured British families with problem kids. Or problem parents. If you’ve seen any of these reality shows, you know that the parents are as much to blame as the kids. I see past shadows of myself in some of the shows.
That said, I have seen valuable parenting lessons painted by the case histories presented. Here are some quick lessons to remember:
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Melodie Davis is the author of seven books and has written her column since 1987. She taught feature writing and has won awards from the National Federation of Press Women, Virginia Press Women and the American Advertising Association. She and her husband have three daughters.
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