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December 13, 2006

Evil Seeds

terry on January 15, 2007 02:27 PM EST writes:
Cheryl and her pals

Sort of pathetic that Cheryl had to rally her friends in her defense to clog the blog. Like, nobody else cared!
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Kristen on January 15, 2007 12:33 AM EST writes:
Ha ha...about Joyce...

I just have to comment about everyone thinking that Joyce is Cheryl! It is cracking me up! I know both of them personally, and the funniest part of this is that Joyce is being attacked here for being crazy/ out of control! Joyce is such a sweet, friendly person! BUT YEP, she is fiercely loyal and WILL stand up for her friends.
So now, it would be pretty funny if my identity is thought to be another one of Cheryls, lol! Oh well, doesn't matter. I love you ladies!
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Mary Beth Crain on January 13, 2007 03:45 PM EST writes:
The Neverending Story

Jesus. I'll bet this piece got more viewers than the whole damn show!
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Single Dad on January 13, 2007 12:10 PM EST writes:
I'm a single dad with a kid and I know how hard parenting is. I've been reading this and have bit my tongue until now, with Cheryl coming back to make more grand speeches, lecturing people again and thanking all her wonderful friends for rushing to her defense. Why don't you zip it? You're bossy, whiny and self absorbed. You keep saying you did the show to help people. Thanks but no thanks. I know what tantrums are like. I have trouble with car seats. I know sleepless nights day after day. I don't need the "Poor Me" show to teach me anything.

I liked this review when I first read it, and I like it even more after listening to you bitch and moan.

But that's not why I'm writing. I want to say that I feel for your husband, who must be going out of his mind trying to live in a world that clearly revolves around you. I pity him, and I thought at least one person should acknowledge him.
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Cheryl on January 12, 2007 08:34 PM EST writes:
COMICAL

Thank you Julia!
You just made my day. First I was thought to be Christina and now Im Joyce too. Next I will be Mary Beth and I wrote the story about myself for attention. U ladies have some wonderful imaginations.
AND yet again.. I have been called another name.. this time I am hopping mad!!!!
Love it :)

Yes MB and I did make peace with it. I still dont agree with what she said but Like I said It is what it is! It was hurtful to me. Whatever I say isnt going to change anyones opinion so Happy New Year to all...and if by some reason anyone has questions for me.. You CAN click on my name and email me personally.

I want to say one more thing.. thank you to all of my friends who supported me knowing they may have been "bashed" themselves. Thank you also to those of you I dont know and still stuck by me. I am blessed to have you in my life!!!!
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Julia on January 12, 2007 08:07 PM EST writes:
Christina,

Mary Beth? Ha! I'm not her. She's not me. But I know her work at SOMA. She's a writer I look for. Sleuth around. I've posted all over SOMA for more than 2 yrs under my name or initials.

I saw the activity at this thread 2 days ago and found it bizarre. What turned me against the anti-Mary Beth mob was the all-time low "Joyce" sunk to with her "Very Rude" post. Yes, I suspected it was Cheryl. It reiterates earlier comments she made, only this time way nastier and more personal than before. Why would Cheryl, or anyone, come out and identify themselves with that kind of ugliness?

Plus, Cheryl's friends who posted seem more level-headed and fair than "Joyce." Including you, Christina. But Cheryl was hopping mad from the start. Most people just don't channel that kind of rage for friends. But who knows?

Interesting: You Christina, got this mess going again on 1/8! Mary Beth and Cheryl seemed to have made some kind of peace between 12/17 - 18.

Ditto. I'm done with this.
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Cheryl on January 12, 2007 06:45 PM EST writes:
WHY OH WHY

Did I come back to see what else was written? Good Grief!!! Why is everyone being attacked? I understand that people would have opinions on the show. The way this article was written was horrible. We went and did a show to help our family and others and we get this garbage written. Honestly I don't believe my family looked all that bad on the show.LOL. So there was a comment made on how we argued in front of the kids. SO WHAT! You people have never argued in front of your kids..Those of you who actually HAVE kids. If you say NO you are a liar! Your child has never had a temper tantrum? There wasnt a time you couldnt get your child in a car seat? The point I think EVERYONE was trying to make in my defense was that the review was WAY to harsh. The other thing is..if you didnt watch all the episodes you did not see the progress that was made. If you watched the first episode you only saw the problems.not any of the results or the follow up.
Continued below
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Cheryl on January 12, 2007 06:44 PM EST writes:
WHY oh WHY continued

I guess I still don't understand how someone can write a review without seeing the thing through. It wasn't like a TV that after each night you have a resolution. It was a 6 night series. and YES the first episode was a little extreme-but unless you stuck around to see the rest, I don't feel anyone has the right to insult me so harshly. The review was no accurate, hurtful and quite honestly disgusting. I am not arguing the fact that if we didn't want the reviews we should have done it.. But i was NEVER expecting someone to be so flat out MEAN. My intelligence and appearance were both insulted. But whatever- it is what it is.
AND I assure you the ONLY comments that have been made by me are labeled with someone elses name. That is just absurd.

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Christina on January 12, 2007 04:14 PM EST writes:
Julia?

Funny, I thought you sounded a lot like Mary Beth. Cheryl has no reason to hide her identity. You have already trashed her for no reason. You "julia" other the other hand should be ashamed of being such a bully. The Internet anonymity gives you more power! Funny we are talking about children here because the behaviour from the author and her supporters is very childish!

Now I'm done with this thread.
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Julia on January 12, 2007 01:49 PM EST writes:
Joyce,

Hey, I don't think there's anything wrong with reading old reviews of TV shows that sucked and disappeared. Actually, reading those reviews is a guilty pleasure of mine, so you and I share that in common, girlfriend!

No, Cherl, I mean Joyce, what if I find suspicious is the manic obsessiveness evident in your tediously repetitive rants. And what I *suspect* is a personality disorder of some sort.

But one requet, should you choose to seek help for it? Don't look for it on a reality TV show? Some critic is bound to review it, and then criticism junkies like me will read with morbid curiosity about all about your personality flaws and desparate attempts to fix them.
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Joyce on January 12, 2007 11:43 AM EST writes:
Sorry but,

Julia: I didn't realize that there was a statute of limitations on reading an article on the internet. Maybe I just happened to see the article, what is so suspicious about that?
I am not concerned anything about the show here just commenting on how rude this review was (in my opinion) to the participants and especially the Carlomusto family for how they were singled out in that pathetic "Judge Judy" rant. Not only was she rude in the article, but continued to bash Cheryl here in these comments, not even just Cheryl but apparently all mothers...how professional!
Perhaps the participants opened themselves up for public scrutiny when they went on the tv show. But so did Mary Beth when she wrote this article and added a link to comment on it.
The other review you refer to, was done in a much more professional manner, the writer obviously didn't like the show, which is fine, BUT she didn't personally and rudely attack the participants in an offensive manner. Thats an enormous difference
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Betty on January 12, 2007 01:25 AM EST writes:
Cori:

YOU OBVIOUSLY HATE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!
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Cori McCarthy on January 12, 2007 12:49 AM EST writes:
Yikes!

I clicked on this page looking for parenting advice. Talk about a reality show. You're all nuts!
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Naomi on January 11, 2007 11:11 PM EST writes:
a fair review..

Julia. And it was a hell of a lot nicer. It talked about the show in general -typical media. It does not pick on any of the participants mercilessly or at all for that matter. There is nothing "suspicious" or "mad" about defending a friend that has been unfairly and publicly criticized.

I am a teacher and mom of a 4-year-old and 20-month-old. My kids are good. Everyday I pick them up and the teacher says how sweet and polite my daughter is. The last time I, saw a tantrum from my son was months ago...I don't even remember it if there was one. I have never lifted a finger to my kids. The only time I raise my voice to my own kids or my students is when I am concerned someone will get hurt (or they can't hear me). As Cheryl's friend, if I agreed with this (opinion or treatment) I would have simply kept my mouth shut. Obviously, having seen Cheryl's parenting in person, off-screen, I DON'T. This review was just nasty, hence the response.
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Julia on January 11, 2007 01:57 AM EST writes:
As a longtime SoMA reader, I've seen some strange debates in these pages, but this takes the cake. Why are you people fighting over this show? Who cares? The review ran weeks ago, and the show's no longer airing, right? Why the sudden interest the past couple days? Very suspicious. And weird. And probably unhealthy. Does anyone, anywhere else, still give a hoot in hell about "House of Tiny Terrors"? As if anyone except those involved with it ever really did.

The show sounds very unpleasant, and most critics apparently ignored it. I did find a review in the Fresno Bee, dated Dec. 12 (you can find it online). To quote:

"Who needs the usual holiday television fare of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' when you can watch 'Children Slowly Driving Their Parents Insane'?

"As I watched the show, I counted my blessings that our daughter is past her high-maintenance toddler years. At least with the high-maintenance teen years, there's less high-pitched screaming.

[Cont. below]
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Julia on January 11, 2007 01:55 AM EST writes:
[Cont. from above]

"There are enough tantrums, banging on doors and wailing to have called the show 'Kicking and Screaming.' Meanwhile, the parents--who have problems of their own--express their frustration at each other in snarky ways, such as the couple who argue over whether their son needs to wear a sweater outside.

"As a parent, I couldn't imagine flying to Britain to be filmed reacting to my child's tantrums. A whole week living with two other families struggling with their own out-of-control children?
"As the Brits might say, I would have gone mad."

It sounds like some of you have gone mad.
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Kristen H. on January 11, 2007 12:12 AM EST writes:
Bad writing

To the writer of this horrible article, I'd just like to tell you that a well written "piece" is usually not mean spirited and bitchy! Re-read your last few paragraphs, and realize that you are not funny. You're horribly rude.
And to the parents who *think* that they are better than the parents featured in this show, think again! I am a strict parent and don't take any slack from my children, but my second born is a cross between Justin and Gage! And I parent and parent and parent...and he is still a very difficult child. Consider yourselves blessed, and leave passing judgement to our Maker.
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Naomi on January 10, 2007 10:25 PM EST writes:
Ha!

Just goes to show you that anyone can say anything on the internet. This "reviewer" is nothing more than a self-aggrandizing know-it-all that has nothing better to do with her time than hurt feelings (and possibly rear-ends). Nothing on this show was more embarrassing than finding that certain members of our society can not allow others to seek or give help.

This is more than likely the opinion of someone trying to exert control over a world that she was powerless in as a child.

I would like all of the participants in this show to know that there are people who recognize their courage to seek help as strength rather than weakness.

A side-note: as the half-German/Israeli granddaughter of two WW2 survivors, father that fought in 3 wars, and a resident of Germany when spanking was still acceptable, I can promise that European children (and parents) are no better than American.
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King J on January 10, 2007 10:13 PM EST writes:
Why yall be busting my shows? Reality keeps it real. Jackass, cool. Flavor of Love, cool. Pimp My Ride, Girls Next Door, fo sho. Tiny Terrors bring it on. I could dig it. its all good.
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CT on January 10, 2007 08:30 PM EST writes:
Kim and the rest of Cheryl's posse:

Here's my opinion. If you genuinely need help--and who doesn't from time to time?--and you want to avoid public scrutiny, go to a therapist, a counselor, a priest, a rabbi, or a friend whose confidence you trust.

But if you need help and you seek it on a national reality TV show, then you should expect public scrutiny. Reality shows aim to be lightning rods of controversy, criticism, and strong opinion. They're conceived and edited to achieve this. Don't like it? Blame the show. Or the sponsors, or the depraved American public. Or yourself! But no. It's so much easier to bitch about the critic who merely points out what so many feel.

Mind you, this review is as critical of reality TV in general, and this show in particular, as it is of the people who chose to resolve their personal problems in such a shockingly public manner.

Bottom line about the TV families you feel so bad for. Who thrust their problems into the living rooms of millions?
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Dawn Patrol on January 10, 2007 07:38 PM EST writes:
Wusssuuup? Hey Jackass the show and movie rocked. It's like all those reality shows just don't try that shit at home!
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Kim on January 10, 2007 07:33 PM EST writes:
CT

While it may be sufficient to to judge the quality of a program, I don't feel that it is sufficient to judge the "real life" intelligence or motivation of anyone on the show. Commentary about why do Americans seem to turn to British for advice, etc. is one thing but attacks on someone's intelligence and their family are another. This is a realty show, the people on the show are not actors and when someone attacks them, they are not attacking a ficticious character.

I just feel badly for the families who I think felt a genuine need and desire for help. I don't feel they deserved to be attacked in this way. I'd rather see a parent get help than be blind to issues within their families.
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Julia M. on January 10, 2007 07:27 PM EST writes:
CT: I believe Joyce was in "Jackass: The Movie."
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CT on January 10, 2007 07:17 PM EST writes:
Carmela and Kim,

I think it's sufficient to critique a reality show after watching just two episodes, and more than fair to criticize "Jackass" after two seconds.

And Joyce, for Christ's sake, take a chill pill! Is this what you call the high road: "Thank goodness the Lord had enough sense not to let that woman breed, the world is a better place for it! Lets hope she remained spouseless too so no one has to wake up next to her each day!"

Talk about judgmental and mean spirited!
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Carmela on January 10, 2007 06:55 PM EST writes:
I agree with Kim. How can anyone make judgments based on just two hours of edited viewing? I was telling this to my girlfriend after her son rented "Jackass: The Movie," in which that Johnny Knoxville guy and his friends pull crazy stunts and gags.

My girlfriend called them "stupid, irresponsible bums." I said, "Karen, you don't KNOW these young men! How can you judge their entire LIVES based on less than 90 minutes of film?" And it's edited film! I'm sure the guys in Jackass are perfectly charming gentlemen, if you get to know the real them. I didn't realize Karen could be so mean-spirited! And to think she considers herself like this critic Mary Crain to be a thoughtful, caring person.

I told Karen not to say anything bad about Johnny Knoxville until she sees "Jackass II," so she could at least base her opinion on three hours of viewing. But has she even bothered to watch the first movie all the way through? No. Sorry, but some people are just opinionated and judgmental.
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Joyce on January 10, 2007 06:40 PM EST writes:
Very Rude

I am appauled by the article I think it was rude and insulting, not just to Cheryl & the other participants in the show but to any parent that may have 1 ounce of a struggle with parenting on any given day.

So what if these families chose to seek help through a tv show, even if you or I may not go that route, who are we to say that is right or wrong? And if you would have watched it all, you'd see each made positive progress
I know for a fact that many will relate to the show on many different levels and hopefully it will help them in some way.

I found only one positive thing in the article and that was the fact that Mary Beth has chosen to remain "childless". Thank goodness the Lord had enough sense not to let that woman breed, the world is a better place for it!
Lets hope she remained spouseless too so no one has to wake up next to her each day!

I wish the best to you Cheryl and the other families on the show, sorry you had to be exposed to this writers obnoxious comments
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Kim on January 10, 2007 06:02 PM EST writes:
Wow - I am amazed that someone can make the judgement that the parents are "stupid and pathetic" based upon viewing only two hours out of six days of someone's life. (Two EDITED hours, I might add.) And to say that she is, if she does say so herself, a "thoughtful, caring adult" is equally amazing to me.

I hope you never have to face such mean spirited criticism of your life and your loved ones.
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Janis on January 10, 2007 05:30 PM EST writes:
Cheryl

Wow. Back to Walmart I guess. It must have really taken some guts to do that show then. More power to you,and I'm glad the experience helped your family! Thanks for sharing.
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Cheryl on January 10, 2007 05:07 PM EST writes:
nope

We didnt get paid. They only paid for us to go to the house and our living expenses while we were there. We did not get paid for doing the show.
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Janis on January 10, 2007 04:49 PM EST writes:
I'm a parent and my two kids can get pretty out of control. I'm also a private person and wouldn't enjoy exposing my issues and my family's problems on national television. But money is really tight for us, so I'd probably do it just for that reason. It's so sad but true that nothing motivates like the almighty dollar.

Does anyone know what those shows pay? I'm not asking for the exact amount they paid Cheryl, but just the amount they typically pay families for participating. There must be some standard, and I bet it's better than Walmart and McDonalds!
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Amy on January 10, 2007 04:24 PM EST writes:
Slighty more experienced than not-at-all

Cheddar Bunny, I agree, I know nothing about the show. But at least I do know a little about parenting young children (nearly 3 and 4.5) so I was writing with my own experiences in mind. I have to say, while I do not let my children dictate what I can and can not do, I can sympathize with the struggles of putting an over 30 pound child in a 5 point harness car seat. Two days ago, my youngest somehow managed to rip my glasses off with her boot, fall to the floor numerous times and make a 1 minute buckle-up take more than 5 minutes. I consider myself quite strong but I am amazed at the strength in a toddler during a tantrum! I did manage to get her in the seat, though I wish I had earplugs for the next 10 minutes or so. I don't know where her temper comes from, but sometimes our children can be like strangers. It is all new for me to learn how to handle that kind of stubbornness. As the youngest in my family, I never learned how my stubborn brother was disciplined as a youngster.
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Cheddar Bunny on January 10, 2007 04:13 PM EST writes:
Amy: With all due respect--you seem like a wonderful, thoughtful person--but we must place your opinion low on the ladder of authority here. Whether or not you have children, you didn't see the show.

To restate the rule we've all agreed on, at least for this thread: "Unless you've actually experienced something yourself, you have no place commenting on it, either positively or negatively."

Christina: Speaking of Donald Trump and Rosie, they both have kids AND TV experience, so they're more qualified than most of us to opine in this discussion.
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Lori on January 10, 2007 04:13 PM EST writes:
Kids are great!

I want to say that I know Cheryl,so for me it was very hard to watch the shows. I knew about Justin's behavior but had never seen it first hand before. Since she was on the show she seems more relaxed with Justin, he's been so much better and I am glad she got the help she needed.

I am a home daycare provider, who does deal with a lot of differnt kids and parents. The moms that are soft on their kids think I am harsh when I am only really firm with their kids. I treat their kids just like my own. I have parents who won't take their one child to the store, yet are shocked when I tell them I take all four with me. I have no problems with the kids. What is the differnce? I follow through. I have rules, same rules everyday, they never change. Discipline is swift and then it's over, no chatting about it. But not ever parent/child care provider does this. I am not here to be their friend, I am here to make sure they are safe and happy, peroid. Friendship with your child comes later.
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Amy on January 10, 2007 03:59 PM EST writes:
Just my thoughts

I'm going to share my thoughts, because I can (gotta love the free world), and I never saw the show. However, I know one of the parents and I know she needed help; she got it. Others have benefited in ways that may help in their own struggles with parenting. Others have benefited because they got to have fun sharing their opinions, whether positive or negative, about the show and the participants. No matter what anyone's opinion is of all the bits and pieces of the show, I just want to congratulate the participants for having the intelligence to recognize their need and their child(ren)'s need for a positive change. I hope 2007 is a wonderful year of growth for all three families and their children.
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christina cefaloni on January 10, 2007 03:40 PM EST writes:
Grow up everyone!

Come on ladies! For one thing Nancy - the fact you have kids - great! That means you understand that there are kids that are more of a handful and depsite their parents best efforts things get out of whack. They needed to get things back on track and they did. That needs to be commended not shamed. I think if you have kids you know things don't always go how you hoped. Or are your kids perfect?

Mary
You are just a mean person who likes to throw insults when you can't make a worthwhile point. Do you hang out with Donald Trump and Rosie?

All this to say that whether you liked the show or not, these people went there hoping for some help in raising better kids. To do that in front of millions of people takes guts. They were saying they needed help with their "tiny terrors". What they don't need is people who have never changed a diaper to judge their children or their parenting and just be so evil about it!You called her dumb you took a shot at her weight. Come on-Grow up Mary!
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Cheryl on January 10, 2007 02:53 PM EST writes:
lovely

WOW Nancy
You really didn't like the show did you? You honestly think I am "dumb"?
I guess you are entitled to your opinion. Sorry you didn't like the show. I am happy we did it and am glad our story helped others. I really didn't think our family was portrayed all that bad. I have received an overwhelming response from other mothers out there with PPD.
Good luck to you! I hope your children continue to be happy and healthy!
Cheryl

And Mary Beth
Haven't you insulted me enough? Why would I make up a name to defend myself? I have no problem revealing my identity. The only reason I revisited is because someone told me there were more comments. Honestly, I know this is all just to get a rise out of people and to keep them interested in your rubbish.
At the end of the day- It is what it is. We loved the experience and are grateful we had the chance to participate. We made lasting friendships and grew as a family.

May you all have a happy new year! I know we will :)
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Nancy P. on January 10, 2007 05:51 AM EST writes:
Christina and Cheryl

I am the mother of two toddlers, two and four years old. I saw House of Tiny Terrors and was appalled at the behavior of both the parents and their kids. I agree one hundred percent with Mary Beth Crain, and I HAVE kids! You absolutely do not have to be a parent to know a dumb one when you see one, or to expect that a child should have limits and boundaries and a parent should enforce them and not need a reality show to show them how. Even if I had serious problems controlling my kids, I would never think to go on an exploitation show like this. Ms. Crain is insightful, hilarious and right on. The fact that you think you are better and more intelligent than she is just because you have children shows how stupid you really are.
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Carl on January 9, 2007 03:18 PM EST writes:
Cheddar Bunny's point is well-taken.

But let me ask you, Cheddar, have you ever been on a reality show? If not, then how can you say that someone else who hasn't been on a reality show shouldn't criticize a parenting reality program if she has never had children herself? See what I mean?

Full disclosure: I've never been on a reality show, and I don't have any children. So just take everything I said with a grain of salt.
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Cheddar Bunny on January 9, 2007 03:09 PM EST writes:
Christina:

As I was reading your comment, I thought to myself, "This idiot has never been on a reality show before," and of course, you haven't! So how can you call Cheryl "brave" for going on "House of Tiny Terrors"? You have no idea what you are talking about!

So let's all just stick to the rule that unless you've actually experienced something yourself, you have no place commenting on it, either positively or negatively. Agreed?
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mary Beth Crain on January 9, 2007 02:39 AM EST writes:
Another winner

Well, Christina, it looks like you're the latest member of the "ARE YOU KIDDING?" club. I mean, that's Cheryl's favorite expression and I guess birds of a feather flock together. Curious that your initials, like Cheryl's, are "CC." An alter ego, perhaps? Anyway, I guess maybe I didn't make myself clear, or maybe it's impossible to make oneself clear to dunderheads who think that just because they've got kids, they know all there is to know. I happen to know plenty of parents with wonderful, well-behaved toddlers. What's their secret? And as for being brave for going exhibitionist on a reality show that shamelessly exploits the worst in parents and toddlers in order to get an audience--GIVE ME A BREAK! Or, in your language, ARE YOU KIDDING?
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christina cefaloni on January 8, 2007 04:05 PM EST writes:
ARE YOU KIDDING?

GOOD FOR YOU CHERYL-- you go girl!! I must admit while I was reading this piece I thought "this idiot does not have kids." and of course you don't!! Oh I forgot you disciplined your cats and dog well then let me buy you a subscription to Parent magazine!

I think the parents were very brave to come on the show while there are childless, judgemental and critical people like you out there!!
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Mary on December 21, 2006 01:27 AM EST writes:
Tiny Terrors

I have to agree with Cheryl on the point of watching all the episodes. Yes you can comment on a show but how can you draw a conclusion and sell it as fact when you didn't watch all the episodes. It makes you sound clueless. Granted the parents were all nuts for putting themselves out there in firing range of childless, clueless types like yourself that will take any opportunity to look superior by taking a shot at someone else. That's a whole other issue. Based on what I read it sounds like your parents would fall in the category of abuse in todays world, no surprise that you don't want children. I am sure you fear that you would be abusive if faced with toddler tantrum. . I think there is a definite struggle for parents today to raise children wihout resorting to phyical punishment. It is easier to do it the way your parents chose but it is damaging (obvious from your tone about chidren). I hope you recover and are equipped someday to raise chidren peacefully.
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Father of Two on December 19, 2006 12:39 PM EST writes:
I've got two little ones, so I know the highs and lows of parenting. It's hard work, and I'm sure even the world's best parents, whoever they may be, have to deal with plenty of tantrums.

That said, I can't imagine anyone inviting a camera crew into their homes to film their tears and outbursts for national consumption. You'd either have to be naive ("this show is all about helping other families") or incredibly exhibitionistic ("look at me, I'm having a nervous breakdown!"). Furthermore, I'd be a little worried about the effect being on such a show would have on my kids. What teenager wants to be known around school as "the tiny terror" who took a dump on the kitchen floor, or whatever? I thought having a pimple was embarrassing!

I thought the review was funny, sharp and splendidly written. And Cheryl is wrong. A reviewer doesn't need to watch an entire season before commenting on a show. If that were the rule there'd be no such thing as TV criticism. Just season wrap-ups. Ho-hum
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Mary Beth Crain on December 18, 2006 01:40 PM EST writes:
Let's Wrap This Up

Cheryl: First of all, let me say that I do appreciate your wanting to dialogue and present "the other side" to my article. Let me respond by saying that regardless of what your personal traumas might have been, the general intent of Tiny Terrors was to provide vicarious thrills by sensationalizing toddlers' bratty behavior and family drama--evident by the obnoxious promos advertising the show that focused on screaming out of control kids and parents hitting the wall--not on parents with problems like PPD. And there were plenty of silly shenanigans going on with the other participants to justify my viewpoint. I stick by my piece, and reiterate that it was not necessary to watch every show--and that you can't assume that viewers will either.

That said, I wish you the best, commend you for your courage in participating in the series, and say, let's put this thread to rest. I have my opinion, you have yours. Now let's just let the viewers decide.
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Cheryl on December 18, 2006 12:42 AM EST writes:
Well....the fact is A LOT of the issues were because of my PPD. I would not even argue about that incident in the hall. I was WRONG and fully admitted that on the show. The fact is after Tyler was born we learned of an illness Justin had that was very stressful on our family. I was the one taking him for all of his blood tests and holding him down as my husband couldnt handle it.. SO in turn when I heard my son screaming for me it brought me back to all the times I had to hold him down while he was screaming to let the Dr's do their job. I didnt realize what I was doing was actually hurting him by going to him in the hall. I myself was yelling at the TV the night the episode aired "dont do it leave him!" The whole point of doing the show was to learn from it and I did. WE did :) So you see there was more to our story than just the first two episodes. I feel it was wrong to judge without seeing all the episodes.
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Mary Beth Crain on December 17, 2006 06:53 PM EST writes:
Sorry you had PPD

Cheryl: No, I didn't see all the episodes--two were enough. And I'm sorry you had PPD and would never fault you for that. But...the behavior I witnessed on the episodes I watched had nothing to do with PPD or any other emotional handicap other than bad judgment. I am thinking specifically of the incident where your husband was trying to discipline Justin, who tried to get around him by screaming for "Mommy!" Against your husband's wishes, you went running to Justin, completely undermining Joe's authority. Naturally your husband was upset and Dr. Tanya had to deal with your behavior, which was not the result of PPD. Too many mothers exhibit the same behavior, on Tiny Terrors, Nanny 911, Super Nanny, Shalom in the Home and all the other reality shows that highlight today's parents' inability to work together as a team and establish healthy boundaries for their kids.

That said, I'm glad the experience helped you and your family. I'm sure Justin is adorable. He just needed some limits.
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Cheryl on December 17, 2006 03:00 PM EST writes:
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

I AM one of the parents from the show. What a great experience we had. We are a better family because of it. I knew when we signed up to do it that there would be some ignorant know it all types out there. How can you judge something you know nothing about? Did you even watch all the episodes. Did you not see the progress made? How can you fault me for having postpartum depression and losing myself along the way? That makes me stupid, and inept? Are you kidding me? I know for a fact that there are families out there who have been helped from our story. If one woman with PPD received the help that she needed after watching my story then it was all worth it. As far as Justin is concerned,what a great 4 1/2 year old he is now. He is so much happier and well behaved. The show really helped us. Hopefully it helped others :)
As far as personally attacking us.. I guess we opened ourselves up for it.
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Mary Beth Crain on December 17, 2006 03:15 AM EST writes:
Just who is clueless here?

Cheryl: I'm only judging a show that's in very bad taste, with horrible children and stupid adults on it. You sure don't have to have kids to see that. But I suspect that you just might be one of those pitiable parents with bad mannered brats, who needs a show like "House of Tiny Terrors" to excuse her ineptitude. I do agree with you on one point though--I thank God every day I don't have children! It keeps me from having to rub elbows with mothers like you!
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CHERYL on December 16, 2006 05:30 PM EST writes:
I SHOULD have known you have no kids you NUTCASE. How could you EVER comment on a parent when you are not one. It is easy to judge someone when you have no CLUE.
THANK GOD you dont have children.
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Loafer on December 14, 2006 11:58 PM EST writes:
This review raises a good question. Why do Americans love to turn to Brits for answers? What special knowledge do they have to offer, especially in terms of parenting? God knows they screw their kids up pretty fucking good.

I agree with the author of this review. Our easy openness to all things British has something to do with their accent and our shared history. Our idiotic Anglophilia goes back to when we were a nation of British ex-pats and losers, having settled in the New World and cut ourselves off from joly old England.

Over the next couple hundred years we were pioneers, rogues with wilderness to settle and something to prove. Meanwhile they sipped tea at home and raped and conquered abroad, getting completely full of themselves. We all know how that Benevolent Dictatorship turned out.

I say enough with the Brits and their pretensions. Look at England's problems. Just because we think their voices sound smart doesn't mean they have shit to say.
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