Hi Folks! Here’s a little snippet of my reality show on Discovery/TLC International, World’s Worst Mom (known as Bubble Wrap Kids on Slice in Canada). If you’re living pretty much anywhere in the world — except, so far, the United States! — consult your local listings.
The 13-episode show features me as a sort of Supernanny. Except instead of dealing with out-of-control KIDS, I deal with out-of-control PARENTS. Parents who are convinced their kids — ranging from 8 to 18 — are in danger if they play on the front lawn, cross the street, use the microwave or go on an overnight. One mom was still dragging her 13-year-boy into the ladies room with her, convinced he’d be murdered in the men’s room. Another mom wouldn’t let her girls, 8 and 11, take a walk together in their quiet suburban neighborhood. She considered this a “high risk” activity. Still another packed her son a juice box when he was heading out the door.
He’s also 6’2″ tall.
But after five days of my giving the kids real-world challenges like, “Today, you’re going to run a lemonade stand,” or, “Meet me at the mall — take the bus to get there,” the parents ended up changed beyond recognition. By finally seeing with their own eyes just how CAPABLE and HAPPY their kids could be, a switch flipped. Suddenly they were excited to watch their kids grow up instead of desperately trying to keep them tied down. One mom ended up so exhilarated that she declared she has “two birthdays” now, because the whole experience made her feel like a new person — a confident, happy mom!
And meantime, if you’d like to see some media reaction to Free-Range Kids, here you go:
Salon (cover story, and 254 letters about it!)
El Mundo Newspaper, Spain (country’s second largest daily)
La Tercera Newspaper, Chile
Istoe Independente, Brazil
La Vanguardia, Spain
Free-Range Kids lecture at Yale, October, 2009