Supernanny Jo Frost
A former nanny herself, Jo Frost has been helping parents get a handle on their unruly kids for three seasons on Supernanny, which can be seen in 48 countries! How does Jo feel about her advice being seen around the world?
"It is absolutely amazing for me to be able to have the opportunity to help so many families worldwide," says Jo. "To empower parents on a level that makes their dynamic happier is, for me, incredibly rewarding."
Jo's Top Tips for Parents
• It's so important to carve out the time. If you want change and if you want positive results, you have to put the time in.
• Be consistent. So many parents will say on Monday, "This is how it is, this is a rule," and by Thursday it's gone. They've forgotten about it, and that gives the child a mixed message. As a parent, if you have that self-discipline then you're able to follow through and continue that as you're raising your own family."
Lisa asks, "I have a 3-year-old son, and my husband and I are debating whether to have another child or not. We want to know about the behavioral issues if we decide to just have one, and if kids mature too fast, being the only one."
Jo says, "I think what you're feeling anxiety about is whether the first child will be left out and whether they will feel 'Where is my place in the world?' As long as you can incorporate your pregnancy and allow them to feel a part of the new addition, then you're going to allow smooth sailing for having another addition. So go for it!"
Alisha asks, "I have two kids, 8 and 6. My husband and I have been thinking about giving our 8-year-old an allowance, but we don't know what to give an allowance for. If he makes his bed, is that something that should be expected or is that something that's worthy of an allowance?"
"I think it's important," Jo advises, "that we do give our children responsibilities in the house to make them aware so that they accomplish and they achieve. If your 8-year-old is coming forth with wanting to do chores and earn pocket money (and let's face it, most 8-year-olds are motivated by wanting money to save for something), then write down what those tasks are so that your child can actually achieve those and then get a weekly or monthly allowance. So that way, you're not in a situation where your child is only going to do things if they get the money for it."
Karianne is concerned that her kids won't eat. Her littlest one even picks around her pancakes and goes right for the M&M's. M&M's? Jo's got something to say about that! Watch the video above.
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