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post #21 of 130
Maybe the mom in this episode is a MDC mama?
you never know !
post #22 of 130
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Originally Posted by tanjarine
Maybe the mom in this episode is a MDC mama?
you never know !
you know something you're not telling?
post #23 of 130
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Originally Posted by Wolfmeis
you know something you're not telling?
Well, I remember vaguely that there was a thread, a producer from the show, asking for volunteers to be on the show. I believe it paid...was it $10K or $20K??? Someone help me here...hmmm....
post #24 of 130
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Originally Posted by Wolfmeis
you know something you're not telling?
nope i dont know anything.. she just seems to fit the mdc mama type by some of the things in the short video for the episode.
so did anyone watch this episode, i dont think this one was on in canada yet.
post #25 of 130
I am on another homeschooling list. There is a member who is a friend of this family. She says that the family was approached at a mall where auditons were being held. The money was a big pull and they decided to do it. The family is not allowed to discuss the process for something like a year, but this other mom has given a little bit of information.

Things like the crew setting up the kids by encouraging them trash their room and coaxing comments out of the kids that they wouldn't normally say. Also things like letting the bunny out of its cage, and according to this friend, at one point the crew let the dog into the house while the mom was trying to do lessons at the table. Oh, yeah, they filmed it during the summer and the kids weren't too happy about having to do "school" in the summer.

Like all "reality shows", real usually isn't exciting enough and things have to be staged to make it more rating friendly.
post #26 of 130
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Originally Posted by NatureMommy
I am on another homeschooling list. There is a member who is a friend of this family. She says that the family was approached at a mall where auditons were being held. The money was a big pull and they decided to do it. The family is not allowed to discuss the process for something like a year, but this other mom has given a little bit of information.

Things like the crew setting up the kids by encouraging them trash their room and coaxing comments out of the kids that they wouldn't normally say. Also things like letting the bunny out of its cage, and according to this friend, at one point the crew let the dog into the house while the mom was trying to do lessons at the table. Like all "reality shows", real usually isn't exciting enough and things have to be staged to make it more rating friendly.
Ugh.

Shows like this make me sick, and this is why.
post #27 of 130
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Originally Posted by Wolfmeis
WHY would a family who has chosen to homeschool anyway, want to bring in "an authority" on how best to raise children?

Much less on national TV?

This is fishy. And I agree, it smells like a setup!
I do not believe in reality TV. I think every show is set up.
post #28 of 130
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Originally Posted by mama_kass
I do not believe in reality TV. I think every show is set up.
post #29 of 130
I admit that I could use the cash, but I cannot imagine having MY worst moments and my kids' worst moments on national TV.

Mostly just subscribing to the thread so that in case someone watches it, they dish!
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post #31 of 130
I also feel that any parent who puts their child on national TV so a stranger can correct his/her behavior is morally bankrupt. It's public humiliation of children (and the children probably couldn't disagree, if the parents wanted to do it then they were forced to do it). No one in their right mind would trade in their child's self-esteem and dignity for any amount of money.
post #32 of 130
I never knew the nanny shows paid money. Doesn't that completely undermine their credibility? We did a TV show once where we were filmed for 7 days straight looking at different properties abroad, and the final result [although fair, favourable and well-received] was definitely a 'production' not reality. They had a script, a story line, a cast of characters even [based on our personalities, but more simply defined and less complex]. They were quite open about it towards us. We often did ten takes of one scene, yet, in the final show it all looks spontaneous and 'real'.

RedWine - I agree about the public humiliation of children who haven't consented to be on the show. The parents are aware [when signing up] of how children on these shows are portrayed, as 'monsters, brats, devil children'. I would not put my child(ren) in such a position, ever.
post #33 of 130
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Originally Posted by RedWine
I also feel that any parent who puts their child on national TV so a stranger can correct his/her behavior is morally bankrupt. It's public humiliation of children (and the children probably couldn't disagree, if the parents wanted to do it then they were forced to do it). No one in their right mind would trade in their child's self-esteem and dignity for any amount of money.
yes. but some people are simply naive. i can imagine a family who really needed the money, thinking -- we are a solid HS family; we love HS; we can show them what it is really about; we are strong, united, capable; it won't be that bad -- it is like a short job, we will get paid, we can afford a trip to Paris with the money / house renovations; we can teach others about the joy of HS; the whole experience can be educational for everybody.

and then what happens? the crew sets you up in too many ways. the final product is nothing like your family life, and you don't even know it because you don't see the final cut till way later.

stuff like that. lets not be judgemental.
post #34 of 130
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Originally Posted by annabanana
yes. but some people are simply naive. i can imagine a family who really needed the money, thinking -- we are a solid HS family; we love HS; we can show them what it is really about; we are strong, united, capable; it won't be that bad -- it is like a short job, we will get paid, we can afford a trip to Paris with the money / house renovations; we can teach others about the joy of HS; the whole experience can be educational for everybody.

and then what happens? the crew sets you up in too many ways. the final product is nothing like your family life, and you don't even know it because you don't see the final cut till way later.
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I can *easily* see people not realizing how evil producers can be. Most folks aren't in the cutthroat world of TV ratings and have no idea that it takes someone without a soul to turn out 'must see TV". I am sure the producers seem quite nice and friendly and reassuring while the contracts are being signed. Many families see 20k as some wealthy families might see a million. 20k could make a giant difference in the life of a family.
post #35 of 130
It's a lot of money to many, for sure. But, in signing up for a show called 'Nanny 911' [where the format is well-known and never varies, i.e. the kids are portrayed as 'evil' upfront and 'fixed' after nanny's help] one does know what is involved, to some extent.

I find it unethical of the TV production company to bait parents with large sums of money. Isn't the show's premise [whatever one's opinions on it] about parents voluntarily asking for help, not being paid to be on TV? I don't think the families here in the UK get paid to appear, although I'm not completely sure.
post #36 of 130
I think most of TV is unethical. The medium isn't trustowrthy in any way, shape or form. But i wouldn't call a family morally bankrupt for thinking 20 grand could get their medical bills paid, or pay the mortgage so they had more choices for their life. I can't imagine it, but that's the reality of many families. I've never seen these shows-- commercial TV is not on my radar.
post #37 of 130
I worry about the consequences for the children. Will they be labelled as 'those brats in that nanny TV show' for a long time? Most likely. Will this sort of public portrayal impact negatively on their lives? It's a point of concern for me. These shows are widely popular, unfortunately, and they really do shape many people's parenting beliefs. To me, this scenario sounds like the plot of 'Indecent Proposal'. You get offered a lot of money for something you don't really want to do or believe in, but think/ hope that the money will enable you to have a better life and be worth the temporary 'discomfort'. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way and the trade off doesn't always bring the wished-for advantage(s) and/ or comes with more negatives than anticipated.
post #38 of 130
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Originally Posted by eternal_grace
I worry about the consequences for the children. Will they be labelled as 'those brats in that nanny TV show' for a long time? Most likely. Will this sort of public portrayal impact negatively on their lives? It's a point of concern for me. These shows are widely popular, unfortunately, and they really do shape many people's parenting beliefs. To me, this scenario sounds like the plot of 'Indecent Proposal'. You get offered a lot of money for something you don't really want to do or believe in, but think/ hope that the money will enable you to have a better life and be worth the temporary 'discomfort'. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way and the trade off doesn't always bring the wished-for advantage(s) and/ or comes with more negatives than anticipated.

IMO, nobody is going to remember them. You get your 15 minutes (I think it's more like 5 seconds these days) of fame, and the world moves on.
post #39 of 130
The TV show we did aired almost a year ago, and people on the streets still recognize us, remember the plot of the show and ask us questions about it.
post #40 of 130
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Originally Posted by eternal_grace
The TV show we did aired almost a year ago, and people on the streets still recognize us, remember the plot of the show and ask us questions about it.

None of the Nanny children will be recognizable in a yr or so. If I were on Nanny 911, i would dye my hair and wear sunglasses.
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