December 18, 2006 12:01 AM by Joe Reality
"Fager Family" – Stacie and Joe Fager are the proud parents of a blended family in Iowa, but with six children, they both feel overwhelmed and exhausted. There’s Sarah (8) and Andrew (7), brother and sister from Joe’s first marriage; Chelsea (6), Stacie’s daughter from her first marriage; and Benjamin & Zachary (4-year old twins), plus Jacob (2), who are Stacie and Joe’s children together. Joe is a truck driver and full-time student, and he’s gone most of the week. Stacie, a stay-at-home mom, has a hard time controlling the children, so she hardly ever leaves home with the kids in tow, and family vacations are a rarity.
The older kids, Sarah and Andrew, haven’t seen or spoken to their birth mother in a year, and with Joe’s busy schedule, they feel as if they don’t have anyone to talk to about those feelings. The family desperately needs a break and something to lift their spirits. It’s Supernanny to the rescue when Jo Frost surprises the Fagers with a beachside holiday at a resort in Florida, making this the series’ first-ever vacation episode, on "Supernanny," MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
At home and on vacation, Jo teaches the family the techniques they need to travel as a large group. For starters, Jo demonstrates how to get the kids organized and out the door in ten minutes – an improvement over the hour it previously took! Though the parents fret about the kids misbehaving on the flight, Jo teaches them how to use snacks, games and other distractions to keep the children settled. And when one of the twins wanders off on the beach, Stacie puts Supernanny’s techniques to the test. Perhaps best of all, Jo gets Dad to spend quality time with Sarah and Andrew, which allows Joe to prove that he is there for them to lean on. The lessons learned on vacation are ones the Fagers can take home with them and continue to use for years to come.
Nick Powell is the creator and executive producer of both the American and British versions of the show. Craig Armstrong and Nick Emmerson are executive producers of the American version. "Supernanny" is produced by Ricochet, Ltd.