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Wifeswap Dreadlocks vs. Discipline

October 31, 2008 07:48 PM by Lisa Stauber

Wife Swap follows two families with different financial strategies and styles of discipline tonight. Janna Vallone is the mother of four children, who lets them decide what to do each day. She and her husband wear dreadlocks and if they run out of food or money, depend on others to fill their bellies. Katrina Martin is the disciplined mother of four daughters. They use spreadsheets to schedule their daughters chores.

Janna is a Rastafarian, a religion that believes the former governor of an African nation is a god named Ja. They don’t ever cut their hair, and the woman does all of the, well, woman’s work. “Regimen and structure? Yuck.” She homeschools the kids in their single wide trailer. Jana picks things out of the trash and Jason plays in a reggae band.

Katrina loves structure. She’s the spreadsheet queen and color codes them for the members of the family. “Total chaos would ensue if I lost my spreadsheet,” she says. Husband Troy is a former Marine and helps keep everyone in line with military precision. The girls, even 16 year old Allyson, get a sticker for completing their chores. Allyson also fights with her dad who is way too strict. “There’s no bond,” she says. The Martins budget everything to the penny and pay cash for big expenses.

Meeting the New Families
Katrina picks at the furniture and the size of the house, and wonders if the family is demonic when she sees the Rasta flag. Janna sees that the Martins have big tvs, big rooms, and perfect housekeeping. She finds out that Allyson is singled out by Troy, since she’s not as used to the structured lifestyle, makes her cry.

The Martin girls love Janna’s dreadlocks, and then Troy goes over the spreadsheet and punishments. Next, she’s required to check the girl’s cell phones to see who they call and what texts they’ve received. Allyson isn’t allowed to even pick out what she eats for breakfast.

“He tolerates a lot,” Katrina says as the kids chatter and play. She has to make dinner but there are hardly any groceries in the house. “I think Jason needs to find a 9 to 5 job,” she says. Jason heads off to play with his band while Katrina is supposed to clean the house and tend the children. He sleeps in the next morning, and Katrina has to find out what the kids want to do. She doesn’t get the Vallone’s laid back unschooling method. “Ja will provide,” is Jason’s mantra and he repeats it over and over. Katrina’s convinced his band will never make it big and tells him to get a job.

Janna has to go to work because she’s following Katrina’s rules. She’s floored that Troy is getting ready to spend $8,000 on a home theater instead of giving it to charity. He likes the kids to fear him, and says he’s just not a nurturing person. Allyson opens up to Janna about her relationship. “He sees me as a project to be fixed,” she says, “He’s my daddy, I want him to love me how I am!”

Rule Change
Katrina declares that Jason will go to work to earn some money selling real estate. She’s bringing in bunk beds for the children, who currently share a mattress. All of the money he earns will go into a jar. The children will go to school, except for the toddler but Jason refuses to let Katrina look after her.

Janna lets the Martin girls decide what they want to do. She throws out the schedule and dumps the chore chart. The girls also will choose five things to donate to a thrift store and Troy has to donate some of his entertainment room money to charity. She assigns him to spend designated time with Allyson to heal their relationship. Oh, and Troy has to write and perform a reggae song.

Jason doesn’t want to work on anything at all. He puts on a white shirt but still insisted Ja will provide, and takes money out of his jar to buy beer. He’s not happy that his kids are being thrown to the wolves and sent to school, but he hates his job as an administrative assistant to a real estate agent more. Katrina wants the kids to have a bedtime, so they are able to get up for school. Jason starts yelling and cursing at her. “I can’t be around him anymore,” she says, and spends the night at a hotel. Meanwhile, Troy’s trying to write a song.

Troy thinks the chores will be a piece of cake, and the girls inspect his work and give him a sticker. Allyson tries to tell her dad that he’s too strict. He’s barred them from baking because they get crumbs on the floor, but he doesn’t think that’s unreasonable. Troy decides to go through the girl’s rooms and chooses their most prized possessions to give away, instead of letting them choose for themselves. He decides to donate just $10 of his entertainment room money to charity. Janna’s upset, and the girls raid their piggy banks to donate something. The Martins have a party and Troy actually sings a song to his girls with a hired reggae band.

The Showdown
Jason doesn’t want Katrina in the house, but he’ll let her drive by and say good bye to the kids in the yard. She gives them all a hug in the driveway, except two year old Sasha who is too shy. ‘

The couples meet, and Troy’s not happy to hear that Jason cussed at his wife. “I defend my family,” Jason says. “We definitely had a different experience,” Janna says. Katrina’s happy to hear that Troy and Allyson have made up and grown closer.

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6 Responses to “Wifeswap Dreadlocks vs. Discipline”

  1. swalker44 Says:
    August 4th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    As always, both families need mediation. I understand when people do not want to be what society wants them to be, but sometimes (like when you have four children) you have to work to support them. On the other hand, people who work deserve what they have, but why do people think they need need more more.. nuturing is actually what children need mixed with dicipline and education. these people need to mediate and learn from each other that is why i love this show. sometimes they are successful.

  2. swalker44 Says:
    August 4th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    the children who are being raised to be theirselves will have the right idea which is to not let society make you something your not, but at the same time, they might never find themselves because they are not educated enough to make good decisions. on the other hand, the girls with the strict father will be educated and might be successful but might never have compassion which is so important. i think those girls see through their dad though and know he hisself has some issues

  3. quicksilver Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Jah will provide!! I wanted to reach in and choke him. He’s lazy and immature. I feel bad for those girls that that is their role models.

  4. jessica Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    i want to call css on that dude.

  5. Walter Ring Says:
    March 11th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    What a sick joke this White ‘Rastafarian’ family is. I am so angry that these worthless, self-hating parents are teaching their kids how to be welfare leeches on society. If I hear ‘Ja will provide’ again I will lose my mind!!! These lowlifes depend on others to give, give, give and they take, take take without so much as a thank you. It is people like this that is turning the USA into a turd world country. The other family needed to loosen up a bit, and they have done so. Other than that, they work hard and provide for themselves and do not depend on ‘Ja.’ Damn this show is such a joke.

  6. Sara Says:
    April 6th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Its Jah not Ja.
    I am a rastafari not “rastafarian” as people call it!
    As rastafari you dont believe in paying for stuff, we see eachothers as a big family and therefore we give and lend stuff.

    I am a real rastafari woman and my religion is more than these people seem to understand :(
    For example Janna wears short skirts in this programe! true womans have long skirts and headscarfs


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