Raising Well-Behaved Kids

Whether you know Jo Frost as the Supernanny, the inventor of the naughty step or the modern day Mary Poppins, you have undoubtedly heard of this London-born sensation. SheKnows spoke with Frost, the star of ABC's hit reality show Supernanny, to get her take on some of our toughest parenting issues.

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Getting kids to clean their rooms

What about chores? How can you get your children to help more around the house, including cleaning their room? "Start young," she recommends. "Whether you call it chores or projects, have them do simple projects and progress to more responsibility as they get older."

"Don't feel like you have to give allowance or monetary reward for them helping around the house," she explains. For those parents who feel like they must provide money, a toy or candy for good behavior, Jo simply states: "Your time is the best way to reward good behavior."

Check out her Supernanny reward charts. These printable charts are a great way to reward good behavior and discourage bad behavior, such as whining or back talk.

Dealing with bullies

Many parents have found their child upset and crying over a bully at school. What should parents do? "It is important to not overreact," Jo says. "Sit down with your child and find out what is going on, saying something like, 'Tell mummy what happened.'"

After you hear exactly what happened, explain to them what constitutes bullying behavior. "I have a zero tolerance approach to bullying," she says. She definitely recommends getting the school involved.

Get more tips here on stopping your child from being bullied.

When discipline styles differ

What do you do when one parent or the grandparents believe in a parenting style you disagree with, such as spanking? "Spanking is such an old school way of thinking. You may hear them say, 'This is how I was raised so this is how we will do it.' We now know that spanking children teaches aggression or that hitting is acceptable," she says. "It is important you have the discussion on parenting techniques before you have children and keep communicating. Parents need to be on the same page -- when they are it's a wonderful thing!"

Get more advice here on spanking and alternative methods of discipline.

For more on Supernanny, check out RealityTVMagazine.com.

Do you have some major parenting issues and want to be on Supernanny? Find out how to apply to the show here!

Check out the most recent episode of Supernanny on Friday, March 5th 8/7central on ABC .

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Comments on "SheKnows talks to Supernanny Jo Frost"

Laura October 04, 2012 | 5:20 PM

I have two boys a 6 and 4 year old. The issues are with my 4 year old he is hitting and kicking the teachers at school (he is in Junior kindergarten), hitting and pushing other kids, throwing temper tantrums and screaming. Being sent to the principals office once a week (this week it has been twice so far). He hears both the principal and teacher tell me everything that went on and when I ask him in front of them he tells me he doesn't know or it didn't happen. At home he is eager to help out but does throw tantrums, and screams. Won't try to do his letters or numbers, and again when asked if something happened says he doesn't know or it didn't when it clearly did. Any help would be greatly appreciated....

Vivian Henley March 21, 2012 | 1:32 PM

I have a 4and 1/2 year old grand daughter who is in K3,she will not do what the teacher tells her to do .Stop talking set in her set stop running around the classroom. When she is asked a question in the class room tells the teacher she does not know the answer. When the teacher give her a 1on questing she give the teacher the right answer.She is very smart,just not cooperating. Mom has to leave her job and bring her to grannies house and then go back to her job. This becoming a big problem. This happens several times a week. What to do?HELP

MARY MCKENNA April 03, 2011 | 2:17 AM

tips on taking toddlers out to dinner

Angie March 06, 2010 | 8:54 PM

That was a great interview! She has such straight-forward advice. I will be trying the "naughty step" with my 2 year old :)

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