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BBC seeks role model families

Are you a role-model family? Do you believe in instilling good old-fashioned values, discipline and boundaries in your children? Can you give two British teenagers the chance to have some much-needed structure in their lives? 

According to a press release issued to MysoreSamachar by Twenty Twenty Television, the BBC are looking for role model families to take part in a third series of the hugely successful show, World’s Strictest Parents. In each one-hour programme, two British teenagers will be sent to live with a family abroad, to experience life in their country under their rules. In the last series, the release said, the BBC had sent overindulged teenagers from the UK to live with families over the world, from Jamaica to Israel, Alabama to South Africa. In this series they want to send two British teenagers to India, it said.

The BBC are now looking for conservative, educated, disciplined and loving host families in India, in particular a Royal or notable Indian family. The family would need to be willing to accommodate the British teenagers for one week in May/June 2010 and instill in them the values and morality they demand of their own children.

Rather than "strict", which sometimes has negative connotations, the parents need to be disciplined and firm but fair with their children.  The best parents from the last series were loving, kind, caring and compassionate, but they felt that in order to be good parents, they needed to control the influences that came into their children's lives, in the form of monitoring the TV, internet and music they listen to, the press release said adding -

Most people do not go to that extent, but the BBC are looking for parents who feel that it is important to maintain control over their teenagers lives and set boundaries in place which do not allow them to make bad choices.  Don’t forget that in the UK it is culturally acceptable to drink, smoke and have a boyfriend or girlfriend at 16 – anywhere that does not allow this would be considered strict by our British teens.

Many people believe there is a crisis in parenting in the UK - parents don't want to discipline their children because they want them to be 'free', they don't enforce punishments because they don't want to be seen as 'strict'. This in turn is producing a generation of overindulged, spoilt teenagers.  Parenting is a difficult job and opinions on the best way to do it differ wildly - this series gets to the heart of this important and topical issue.

A Christian family from Jamaica were one of the host families on last year's series and they found the experience extremely rewarding. They built great relationships with the two British teens, had their parenting techniques solidly reinforced, are still in contact with them and had a lasting impact on their attitudes to family, respect and self worth - the release said adding - "We are looking for inspirational, disciplined and educated host families. We would like a prestigious Indian family (with at least 2 children in their teens) who are proud of their strong parenting and family values. The British teens will be expected to attend school, church, complete homework and help with household chores; they will not be guests in the house but new members of the family.

Just to summarise, the key criteria for the families taking part:

They must have at least one/two teenagers living at home

They must be well educated and have a good command of English

They must be available for one week in June/July/August 2010 (TBC)

They must have strict rules and discipline in place for their children.
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Twenty Twenty Television is one of the UK’s leading independent production companies with a reputation for producing intelligent and award-winning programmes. www.twentytwenty.tv

Those interested can get in touch with email: paulawittig@twentytwenty.tv or call Paula on 011 44 207 284 2020.


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