Well not really, her name is Jo Frost aka Supernanny. I have long been fascinated with this rather popular program. The situation must really be at breaking point to call in an absolute stranger to teach you how to discipline your kids and enforce parental boundaries.
While at my local playgroup we were discussing the role of the supernanny because she ain’t a regular nanny…she is super. The fact that she isn’t a mother is quite intriguing and probably aids her in her no-nonsense approach. I guess it’s like going to an optometrist who has 20/20 vision!
After watching quite a few of these interventions I quickly came to the conclusion that the missing ingredient is often common sense. You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that if you have a cupboard full of treats and a child who ransacks those treats daily that you should refrain from bringing them home if you don’t know how to say no. Of course the nanny points out the obvious and has a 100% success rate every single time.
Being a parent is no easy task and that is a fact you will find yourself second guessing your ability at one time or another. Perhaps what is really needed are parenting workshops where we as parents can come together and discuss our daily challenges like eating habits, sleeping patterns and dealing with unacceptable behaviour.
So while the nanny is entertaining to watch the situations which she deals with are not uncommon to many of us raising young children.