I stopped watching the show after a particularly upsetting episode to me where the mother had a family bed, and it worked for them well. Her issues were not about nighttime parenting at all, it was about discipline during the waking hours.
The nanny however felt it was necessary to stop the family bed, put all of them in separate beds including the infant, take away sippy cups and pacifiers, and force the toddler to toilet train. All in the same night.
: I was beyond disgusted.
I watched the mother cry in her room while her children cried in their beds. The mother finally couldn't take it and went to lay down with them in their beds to read to them. The nanny was irate and called her irresponsible. You could just see the confusion in that mothers eyes. Her instinct was telling her to comfort her children, and the nanny was driving it home that it was wrong. She even said, "Sleeping with your children is unhealthy. UNHEALTHY!"
You can bet I was screaming my fool head off at the television that night. I was angry and very sad. And I hope and pray that the mother ignored most of what the nanny said as soon as they were done taping.
I do agree that people must know on some level what they're getting into by inviting themselves onto a show like that... but in their defense, like I said above.. the mother had NO issues with their sleeping arrangements. She was so confused when it was brought up. She was bombarded and strong armed into changing something that was working for them because it wasn't "socially acceptable."
And that, is just plain