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Jason coddles his three young sons under the age of 5, but is hostile to his 13-year-old stepdaughter, Madison, whom he adopted last year. Jason also spoon feeds his three-year-old and holds the older boys back from gaining valuable life skills by doing everything for them. Stay-at-home mom Dawn feels caught in the middle when Jason clashes with Madison and undermines her time-out attempts with the toddlers, but Jo pushes the couple to closely examine whether or not they want to continue in this marriage.
A Florida family with four children ranging in age from two to twelve is ruled by Zachary an impulsive, tantrum-prone four-year-old. Jen, a beleaguered stay-at-home Mom, cowers to his every whim, and does not enforce any kind of discipline. Her approach is to gently enfold the children in hugs or eventually give in. Roy, a painting contractor, would rather work on the computer at the end of the long day than help Jen with the kids, but when he does try to impose rules and consequences, his short fuse and yelling intimidate the children and have driven his wife to threaten divorce. Jen tearfully approaches Jo for help to not only tame Zachary, but also repair their relationship.
Patricia and Greg are grandparents who are taking care of their 25-year-old daughter, Kristin, who still lives at home, and has two disrespectful kids. Kristin does not get along with her own parents and the lack of respect has carried into the next generation. Her boys completely act out and, like their mother, have no respect for Patricia and Greg. Jo candidly admits she is horrified, disgusted and "gob smacked" by Kristin's selfishness, and gives a serious wake-up call for this family.
Bill and Tammy McGrath of Hamlin, New York, have three beautiful young children, and their middle son, Aiden, 5, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Managing his illness is very anxiety provoking for Tammy, because she saw her father die of diabetes at just 46 years of age. She sees Aiden's diagnosis as her worst fears realized, and mealtime has become a battlefield. Aiden makes power plays, refusing to eat, which not only threatens his own health and frightens Tammy, but also causes problems for both parents in adjusting Aiden's insulin levels. The other kids, Liam, 4, and Paige, 9, feel their parents' distraction and are frustrated by it -- Paige hides out in her bedroom and Liam acts out aggressively. Jo pinpoints Bill and Tammy's problems communicating effectively and enforcing discipline -- their versions of timeouts are useless.
Jo Frost travels to the deep South -- Hayden, Alabama -- and faces off with Amy Phelps, who defends her right to spank her three boisterous boys. Dad Jimmy is open to change, but Amy will not budge, and this issue is bringing their marriage to the breaking point.
Ashley McKinney cannot balance being a single mother of two, a student, and a full time employee at a local bank. Her two children make it impossible for her to do homework or maintain any semblance of order in the home. Ashley feels as if the kids are running the household and Jo helps her to reclaim power before it is too late.
100th Episode Special
In celebration of her 100th episode, Jo Frost revisits some of her most memorable families to find out how they are doing today.
Nicole and Nate Beck are classic tag-team parents. Nate works full-time and Nicole stays at home, works part-time and is a full-time student. They have three boys-- Hunter, 9; Pierson, 5; and Bronson, 3 -- who offer huge challenges. The youngest has just been expelled from pre-k, spits at Mom and calls Supernanny a curse word; the oldest has attention-deficit disorder, and homework time hangs like a black cloud over each day as the yelling just escalates; and the middle son is extremely stubborn and contradictory. Mom and Dad think they have a time-out tactic called the Penalty Box, but it is so ineffective that Jo pulls the plug on it immediately when Bronson runs out of the house, down the street and nearly into traffic. Jo notices that Bronson has a speech problem, which is probably fueling his aggression. On top of all this, she is shocked to see how the parents' master bedroom has the kids' scribbles all over the walls and giant piles of clothing stacked on the floor. Jo gives Nicole and Nate some tips for regaining control and setting boundaries.
Supernanny's challenge this week is a couple with four young children, including triplets. The parents' discipline technique involves telling the children to "trust and obey" while paddling them with a wooden spoon, followed by a hug.
Debra and Tracy are pushover parents with two sets of twins, ages four and seven, who call all the shots and eat a diet, packed with sugar and unhealthy food choices. Four-year-old Parker calls Mom a "butthead" with no consequences; Debra hides in the bathroom to eat a meal and get a moment's peace. Dad Tracy works from home, and when his rambunctious children need disciplining, he meekly implores them to behave and turns to Jo Frost for help.
Kate and Roy Johnson spent much of their life savings creating a unique coffee shop and play-place for families to come and enjoy. Unfortunately, their own kids make it nearly impossible for anyone there to have a good time. The kids run around like they own the place, hit the customers' children, and are constantly disrespectful to the staff. Jo goes to work and tries to bring the family back into the family business and restore order in their home.
Christina and Joe Heredia both work full-time and have four children less than five years of age: triplets who have just turned two -- Samantha, Taylor and Ryan -- and older brother Brandon who is four. Christina is a well-meaning perfectionist who always tried to please her dad. Now, as an adult, she frets that strangers will judge her mothering skills, but in fact, she is her own harshest critic, brought to tears by what she feels is her inability to deal with the challenges of raising these little ones. The simplest tasks are three times harder with the triplets -- they cannot be trusted to obey Mom on a short walk through the neighborhood without straying; Brandon tries to get attention from his parents by acting out; and all of the children disrupt mealtime, barely eating. Since the triplets were premature, this is a big concern to Jo and the parents.
Greg Benton is a dad who wants his boys to be tough, and he prizes physical strength and overall fitness in them. However, his sons, Rivers, age 10, and Hunter, age 8, fight daily, with Rivers instigating Hunter, and the house is filled with yelling and empty threats, so the boys continue their pattern. Hunter shocks Jo by using gay slurs to insult his brother. Supernanny immediately goes to work with the parents to tackle this unacceptable behavior and uncovers the parents' admission that their marriage is in crisis, which is why the boys may be acting out so much.
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