Supernanny TV show was supposed to be back on TV tonight, but was bumpbed back by yet another reality show called Six degrees of Martina McBride. Supernanny has been casting new families to be in the show, last casting call is today in Seattle. Are you among the parents who are anxiously waiting for the new Supernanny season to start, or could you care less for getting parenting advice from a prime time TV show?
I’m sure by now you must have at least heard of ABC’s Supernanny TV show of the modern day Mary Poppins, Jo Frost, saving glueless parents from their badly behaving children, turning houses of chaos to domestic bliss with her tips and tricks. Supernanny aired the first time in the U.K already three years ago, and now has become a loved TV show for parents all over the world.
Supernanny makes disciplining the children to seem so easy, and in the end of the episode you always wonder, how did she really do it in a such a short time – Supernanny spends one week with a family she is visiting. Are her techniques really like magic or is it just a boot camp of letting the children know, who’s the boss? While many publications such as Newsweek and people like Oprah have praised Supernanny, many parents are also stating Supernanny’s techniques as quick fixes than in a long term might not be good for children’s development.
Have you given a Naughty Stool a try? Do you think it is a brilliant idea? I know there are times that a warning (stop or you’ll get to sit on a naughty stool) works, and the humiliation of a three year old sitting in a naughty stool for three minutes will make him to to think again when he hears the warning the next time. But does is work on the long run? Or is it just a way to teach children to become adults who behave naughty and think “Ok, I know I shouldn’t be speeding, but the worst thing that can happen is getting a ticket”?
This is how the Naughty Stool Works:
When you see inappropriate behavior, tell your child in an authoritative voice that the behavior is not acceptablern and warn your child to stop what they are doing or else they will have to sit on their naughty stools.
2. Naughty Stool
If your child doesn’t stop the behaviour, ask her/him to sit on the naughty stool.
3. Explain Why
Once they are on their “naughty stools,” come down to their level, establish eye contact and say to them in an authoritative tone, “I asked you to do something and you didn’t listen to me. I want you to stay here until I come and get you.”
4. Time it
Let your child sit on the “naughty stool” for as many minutes as many years they are old (like 4 minutes for a 4 year old)
5. Ignore Attempts for Attention
If your child screams or cries, don’t give in! Don’t look at your child—that only rewards their negative behavior. If your child comes off his “naughty stool,” calmly, and firmly, put him back on it.
6. Saying Sorry
When the time is up, explain again why he had to stay on his “naughty stool” and ask for an apology for the bad behaviour. Only when you get the apology may the child leave the “naughty stool.”