Summer is here! June has been a month of thunderstorms, BBQs, movie making craziness, and finishing work at school. During a three week period, our house was overtaken by camera equipment, lights, actors and movie crew. Any sound I made in any part of the house could potentially be picked up by super sensitive microphones. I would go to bed to the sound of screaming downstairs as characters either died or confronted their demons. Steve’s typical schedule would be 10 am to 6pm, then 9pm to 4am. I barely saw him or even when I did he was very distracted or on the cell phone. Filming finished up this past weekend. I can’t wait to see the end product!
I recently discovered a show, Supernanny, and added it to my DVR list. I love this woman!
I’m so impressed with how well she does the job and the results she gets. Granted, it’s a reality show, but I don’t get the sense that it has been overly edited or shifted around to make a certain impression. She implements parenting techniques but there is also a genuine dose of therapy in there as well.
I think the day long observation period is crucial and much more informative than the second-hand accounts that get rendered to counselors in an office setting. Then, after the observation, a stern sit down with the parents, often resulting in tears. Yet, they hear her and it’s effective and motivating. The parents are galvanized into action instead of sitting back and blaming the children. Then she comes up with all kinds of creative ways get at the source of the problem(s) and bring about change.
This is a valuable reminder to me and perhaps any clinician out there, that before we diagnose a child, we need to make sure the child has a structured routine, outlets for energy and play, responsibilities around the house, clear limits and consistent discipline at home. Wonders happen when this gets implemented.
At the beginning of the show, parents will describe aggressive behavior, mood swings, defiance and other issues that, if relayed to a crisis screener, could potentially get a child hospitalized, diagnosed, and medicated. It scares me to think how often this happens. When it comes to family problems, an hour or two at home or in the office just isn’t always enough, especially when everyone involved has blind spots when they tell their version. I think Supernanny is on to something.