Wanted to share a couple of local family events coming up!
On June 25, the popular Beaver Summer Day Camp in Chestnut Hill opens and this year partners with one of my fave local businesses, Healthy Habits Kitchen (HHK). HHK's program will be offered daily to the campers at no extra charge and is called Healthy Cooking Camp, which educates kids about healthy eating and sparks their interest in cooking with fun recipes. The very hands-on nutrition/cooking classes will include cool themes like Edible Art, New England Cuisine, Berry Berry Fun, and Farmers Market Freshness. I definitely believe in getting kids comfortable in the kitchen as early as possible so they can learn about all the foods they're eating and to truly appreciate every bite!
If you're a frustrated parent who needs savvy guidance on how to better manage your family, the Lifetime series America's Supernanny is now casting families in the Boston and New England area. My son is 5 and I sometimes watch shows like these to get useful parenting tips but end up mainly being thankful that I'm not in those situations! Deborah Tillman (Michelle Obama lookalike) is the Nanny who saves the day, identifying and tackling the toughest issues parents face. Interested but nervous about what to expect? Tamra Barcinas, casting director for the show, described to me the casting process:
"Interested families are given an application to complete and return with some family photos. A casting producer calls the parent(s) to discuss what issues they need America’s Supernanny to address. If they're a good fit, the casting producer will visit the family for an interview and then observe them interacting for a few hours. We want the families to be themselves and to genuinely want Supernanny’s help! The home footage is then reviewed and submitted to the network. Families selected for participation are notified by the casting department within a few weeks after their home visit. The process takes a little time and effort, but having a happier family life is the worthwhile reward!"
Tamra also shared what happens after the "intervention" by the Supernanny. "Once the filming is completed it is up to the family to continue to use the tools and techniques that Deborah has given them. Some families build special bonds with Deborah and choose to stay in touch. She is a wonderfully warm and kind person. We producers often hear back from the families about their experience and receive updates about how their families have benefited."
If you are in a difficult parenting situation and would like to receive personalized advice (and don't mind baring all for America to see!) contact the Boston Casting Team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.