Lifetime’s newest series, “America’s Supernanny”, starring childcare expert Deborah Tillman may be airing it’s season finale tomorrow night, but Deborah wants you to know that the quest for raising inspired, balanced children is her quest in life.
She took a few moments to answer 8 questions with Elev8 today.
Elev8: How did you choose your line of employment?
Deborah Tillman: I grew up in a balanced home. A first, I never thought I would be doing what I am doing but, you now when God put you on a path, well you are n that path.I had experience seeing what childcare was like with my children. it just moved me to really put a plan into action. It was personal. I was moved and motivted that childcare could be so much more so, that when I opened my school.
Elev8: What do you think is the major issue in most house today?
Deborah Tillman:“I think that parents have given up on parenting. Most households I go into I ask what the house rules are and no one knows. The child doesn’t know. How can you have expectation if behavior if the child does not have a rule to follow. That would be hard for anyone to do. Imagine if you had no expectation if what was right or wrong way to do something.”
Elev8: What are some great house-rules to start with?
Deborah Tillman:”Be consistent. The child will do what you want if you show consistency. Show that choices have consequences. Reinforce positivity not negativity. Be a living example of behavior you want the child to model.”
Elev8:What should older parents be aware of? Especially, since the census shows that the median age of first time parents had become older.
Deborah Tillman:“Obviously, if you have set your life plan in motion and chosen to be a parent at an older age you should prepare for the amount if time it will take to raise bakanced children. It is a 24hour and 7 days a week job.”
Elev8: What practices should families institute in their home?