Oh yes, potential fame is ringing your doorbell!
The Supernanny got her start in the early 1990s when she was looking to hire nannies for her infant son and just couldn’t find quality help. According to her TV bio, she went through SEVEN childcare providers before deciding she was best qualified for the job herself. Tillman quit her day job as an accountant and opened a home-based school and daycare center where she could guarantee her child wouldn’t have a warehouse-like experience.
Her daycare facility rapidly expanded and she now runs three centers in Virginia. She is also the author of “Stepping Out on Faith,” a how-to manual on opening up a child care facility like hers.
On the Lifetime series, Tillman is known for her no-nonsense style in advising families how to handle picky eaters, spoiled brats, hyperactive children and overall bad behavior. She’s not an actress plucked from a pile of pretty headshots. This Supernanny has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from George Washington University.
So, you want her in YOUR home?
The producers are looking to connect with parents dealing with “extraordinary circumstances” and who are “desperate for help.”
Here’s a sneak peek at some of their screening questions:
- Do your children exhibit extreme physical behavior? (i.e. hitting, scratching, choking, spitting)
- Do your children throw fits or tantrums?
- Are there any conflicts involving your kids in the neighborhood? Does the parenting philosophy/set of rules (or lack thereof) of other parents in the neighborhood affect your own kids’ behavior?
- Do your kids engage in behavior that destroys the house/toys/car? (e.g. drawing on walls, smashing toys)
- Do they talk back to you or your partner (swearing/tantrums/outbursts)? What provokes it? Which bad words do they use?
Wow. It can get stressful even reading those questions! Even if you are not from Florida or Georgia, it makes sense to fill out the survey because the TV show is recruiting families nationwide.
Reality shows tend to focus on extreme cases, because hey, that’s what creates the drama. But the reality is that most of us have children who misbehave sometimes — just not in the public eye.
If you’re looking for the right Supernanny for your home, one available for hire (Tillman presumably won’t stay at your home when the camera crews leave), then you’ve come to right place.
We’re proven matchmakers, having connected more than 450,000 nannies and families over the past decade. eNannySource is the affordable alternative to expensive nanny agencies, offering you extensive nanny background checks, and guiding you through every step of the screening and hiring process at our free Learning Center.
But if you want some Hollywood inspiration for the personality traits you want or don’t want in your honorary new family member, check out this clip of the Supernanny taking on the challenge of “zombie” children being babysat by TV and video games 24/7: