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Primetime Show Reviews
"Super Nanny and Nanny 911"
Review by Boo 5/16/05
Surprise! Fox and ABC were at it again,
trying to beat each other to air their own versions of this show. I was
still optimistic, though, thinking that the viewers would somehow benefit from
their rivalry. I was wrong! There was very little difference in the two shows.
Both shows feature one family a week with kids that are so out of control, I
wouldnít even want to go to the grocery store with them where my neighbors might
see them, let alone be on display on TV for the whole nation to see. To make
matters worse, all of these couples have at least one of them calling the show,
wanting "help from the nanny". Yet, every week, we saw at least one of the
parents battle it out with the nanny. Their feathers would get ruffled because
someone else was telling them how to raise their children. Well, DUH! What did
they think was going to happen? Not to mention, the nanny would never have been
called if they were doing a good job to begin with.
How did the nanny teach the parents to control their
children? Well, of course, they did it by giving the children all the control.
They said to let the children talk, to let them tell you why they are mad and
listen to their reasons. Oh, sure, you send them to a "time out" if they do
something that is not acceptable, but then you listen to their complaints. Iím
sorry, but I just canít agree with this type of child
raising. My father "might" have actually spanked me once in my life. I
see nothing wrong with a good sound spanking. Does that mean that I believe in
beating a child? No. Not at
all. There is nothing wrong with a nice sturdy slap on the hand, or a sound
spanking on the bottom. We used to teach children at a very young age that they
always had to take responsibility for their actions. Sometimes, the anticipation
taught us the lesson more than the actual spanking. I remember the one hundred
mile treks to the front yard tree to retrieve a switch for grandma that I knew
was going to be used on my backside (because I stole her apple pie for me and my
friends) much more than I remember the actual switching.
I do have to admit that the nanny always seemed to improve
the behavior of the children, at least to a point that I wouldnít be
embarrassed. Iím sorry, but I still didnít see manners being taught to these
kids, or any semblance of respect, or a sense of right and wrong. Needless to
say, I didnít watch very many episodes of either show. The only difference I saw
in the two shows was that ABC had one special nanny that they used ever week.
FOX had several different ones that they would switch out. I donít expect either
show to last past two seasons. The only reason I
think either of them might come back for a second season is because some people
are so hooked on reality that they will watch anything that is called reality,
no matter how awful.
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