Reality TV, Here I Come (and Maybe You Can Join Me!)

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Hey, parents! Do you ever find yourself over-worrying about creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flash cards, flashers, baby snatchers, sleepovers and/or the perils of a non-organic grape? If so, maybe we'll meet on my new TV show.

Yes, I'm about to start hosting a show where I go to the homes of parents who wish they could worry a little less and enjoy parenting a little more. (And if I could go to my own home and reassure myself, I would, because often enough that's my problem, too. It is everyone's problem in this hyper-fearful world that has been shoved down our throats. Thank you, Nancy Grace!)

Anyway, the show will be a lot of fun, I hope, and it will feature parents who are scared about letting their kids walk to school, play unsupervised or drop out of their afternoon piano/Mandarin/lacrosse lessons.

What keeps us parents fretting? It pretty much boils down to fear for our children's safety, and for their future success. That's why we drive them straight to the front door of the school, and why we buy them placemats covered in math problems. (Can you imagine if we had to fill out our taxes while waiting for our food?) We just want them to make it.

At the same time, a lot of us also have the sneaking suspicion that maybe we could help our kids more by doing a little less. After all, most of us had parents who let us bike around the neighborhood till suppertime, and how we loved that freedom! We want to give our kids that gift, but don't know where to begin.

That's where I come in -- literally, knocking on the door and saying, "Hi! You can give your kid an old-fashioned childhood. Let's start now!"

As the gal who got dubbed "America's Worst Mom" for letting my 9-year-old take the subway by himself, I know that some people won't even let me past the mud room. But if you're sick of worrying all the time, maybe we can fix that. If you live in New York City or Toronto, give a call to my show's casting agent, Syliva Lee, at 1-416-504-7317 ext. 618, or email her at Briefly tell your story -- all correspondence will be kept confidential. And you can even recommend another family.

Think about it: The childhood you save may be your kid's!

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.