'Supernanny': Jo Frost uses a cupcake making exercise to help Bailey family communicate better
The Bailey family is struggling to parent toddlers Charlotte and Kennedy. They are aggressive and stubborn and it doesn't help when the parents, Katie and Christina, are not working together. Christina is the disciplinarian, aloof and detached, which puts undue pressure on Katie who depends on a handful of jelly beans to resolve their parenting challenges.
In this week's episode of 'Supernanny,' Jo Frost works with the Bailey family to understand how their fractured relationship is impacting their methods of raising their children. During the observation day, nanny Jo is shocked to learn that Christina and Katie are on two very different pages when it comes to handling the tantrums their kids have been throwing.
Christina is strict and very orderly while Katie likes to play the good cop and that is taking a toll on their relationship as well as how they are with their kids. Katie is looking for quick fixes to get things done because she is always on the edge. The trip to the supermarket was an eyeopener. Jo pointed out that Katie handing over jelly beans to the kids to keep them quiet while she finishes shopping and added that this will only make the children feel like she is not serious about their behavior outdoors.
At home, Jo shared that Katie needs to be assertive and not rude. Christina needs to share more and loosen up because with time she has built a cage around her, which is blocking out communication, something that is key to happiness in a family setting.
She employed the 'off-the-hip' technique to help Katie be assertive and help the kids understand that they must listen to what their parents are telling them. For Christina, Jo put together a cupcake making exercise. She was blindfolded and allowed to use just her hands and instructions from Katie to make a batch of the confection. It worked like magic. In no time, the couple was having fun and smiling, something that was missing before Jo visited them.
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