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 bulliesMany 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.
When discipline styles differWhat 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!"
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Check out the most recent episode of Supernanny on Friday, March 5th 8/7central on ABC .
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