Monday, March 22, 2010
Watching "Nanny 911"
For the past few Mondays, Mommy had been watching "Nanny 911" on NTV7 at 8.31 pm. But Mommy made sure that Juan Or watches the show together with Mommy (*smiles*). Reason? Because Juan Or seems to understand and 'benefit' from what he's watching!
What is this "Nanny 911" show all about? Well, this is a reality show about how each week, a problem family (note the general trends: very naughty and disobedient children causing havoc in the household, parents not being able to control their children's behaviour, both husband and wife are not in-sync where parenting/household rules are concerned) will be featured and a nanny will be chosen (from a team of 15 world-class nannies) to solve that family's problem within 1 week. The interesting part of the show is to watch how the assigned nanny (usually clad in Sherlock Holmes-kind-of-suit, but minus the magnifying glass!) handles the dynamics of interaction between each family member and how she empowers the weaker parent to play their parenting roles more effectively. (You can watch a sample of "Nanny 911" here.)
Now back to why Mommy watches this show with Juan Or. First, Mommy gets to learn a thing or two about getting children's discipline in shape and reinforces Mommy's conviction that adults within a household must be consistent in their parenting/household policies (which is rather lacking in the in-law's house with Papa and Mommy on one side, and the grandparents on the other side), otherwise children will look for loop holes to get things their way. Another thing is that whenever the show shows naughty children scattering their toys everywhere, climbing up and down dangerously, screaming and beating each other without any reservation, Mommy will point out to Juan Or and then say,"Juan Or, you see the children? Naughty or not!?" And then when the nanny got the children to clean up their mess (such as scattered toys), Mommy will again point it out to Juan Or and insist that Juan Or should clear his toys too immediately after the show! And indeed, Juan Or obediently cleared his toys!
Here are snapshots of Papa and Mommy's bedroom from different angles when Juan Or caused chaos:
Juan Or lying in his heap of mess on the floor.
And this was after Juan Or had cleared his toys after Mommy insisted that he should do the same after watching "Nanny 911"!