10 Things You Didn’t Know about Supernanny Jo Frost

Jo Frost

After an 8-year absence, SuperNanny is back, and so too is its star, Jo Frost. Frost first came to our attention in 2004, when she was cast on the UK version of the international hit. Her parenting tips and particular brand of disciple won her an instant fanbase, while her catchy phrases (who can even remember a time when we didn’t know what a “naughty step” was?) quickly entered common parlance. 15 years later, she’s ready to tackle a new generation of out of control kids… and the results promise to be as entertaining as ever. Find out more with these ten little facts.

1. She started working as a nanny at 18

Frost has been working as a nanny for over 30 years, having taken her first position in childcare at the age of 18. At the age of 32, she shot to fame by implementing those same training techniques she’d learned over the years on Channel 4’s, Supernanny. The show turned her into an overnight sensation, and soon she was appearing on Oprah and being lauded by every celebrity with a baby.

2. She lost her mother at 24

Frost suffered a major tragedy at the age of 24 when she lost her mother to throat cancer. ‘It broke my heart,’ she told the Telegraph. ‘I don’t hold myself to any particular faith, but I am very spiritual. I know my mum is around me. There will be times when there is a scent — and it’s her. I feel so lucky that I had a mother like her. If I can be half the mother she was, I’ll be happy.’

3. She’s got royal fans

It’s not just your Average Joe’s and Jane’s who are fans of Frost’s methods. Before the birth of their first child, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge prepared for parenthood by watching DVDs of Frost’s show, Supernanny. Although Frost admitted to being pleased with having fans in high places (“I’m glad they’re watching,” she told The Telegraph. “I’m pleased.”), she refused to be drawn on whether they’d ever called her for parenting advice. “If they did,” she said, “I definitely would not share that information with you. Those who freely want to talk about receiving my help, do. And those who don’t remain silent. I think integrity’s important; really important.”

4. She’s written 6 books

While she may be best known for her TV work, Frost has also written 6 hugely popular books, including Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children (2005), Ask Supernanny: What Every Parent Wants to Know (2006), Jo Frost’s Confident Baby Care (2007), Jo Frost’s Confident Toddler Care (2011), Jo Frost’s Toddler SOS (2013), and Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules (2014).

5. She’s tackled addiction

Frost hasn’t limited her talents to just the one program. Following on from the international success of Supernanny, she starred in several other reality TV programs, including Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance, Jo Frost: Nanny on Tour, and Jo Frost On Britain’s Killer Kids. In 2013, she tackled the difficult subjects of addiction and abuse in TLC’s Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost. Clearly, America wasn’t quite ready to embrace Frost’s ventures into edgier territory, and the show was canceled after just one season.

6. She’s an award winner

While Frost has sometimes drawn ire from parenting experts (Newcastle University media and cultural-studies lecturer Tracey Jensen, for example, has called out her TV show for shaming mothers), TV award panels have fallen over themselves to heap accolades on her endeavors. As well as scooping both the RTS Royal Television Award and the International Rose Dior Award in the UK, Frost has also received nominations for the TV Guide’s People’s Choice Award in 2006, and an International Emmy Award nomination in the same year.

7. She’s active in charity work

Keen to use her public platform for good, Frost has spent the last few years building up her philanthropic profile. In addition to serving as a global ambassador for The United Nations Campaign Shot@Life (a movement that aims to improve public understanding on the topic of global immunization), she also works closely with the Anaphylaxis Campaign in both the UK and the USA to help raise awareness and provide support for people with life-threatening allergies; serves as a public parental educator for YoungMinds (a foundation that supports mental well-being in children and young people); and actively supports the works of Book Trust, Save the Children and several other leading cancer foundations.

8. She’s big on social media

Frost clearly spotted the potential of social media early on and has actively used it throughout her career to help her connect directly with her existing fan base, and, of course, increase it in the process. As well as having huge followings on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, she also has a dedicated YouTube Channel featuring a plethora of training and instructive videos built around her unique style. Fans can even ask her a question directly on her website and have Frost answer the question (with prior approval, of course) on YouTube. Just a small sampling of her previous videos have included “Engaging Little Ones in a Learning Game”, Regulating Tech Time”, “Teaching Kids to Care for Belongings’, “The Naughty Step’, “Teaching Kids to Declutter’ and “When Dad’s the Primary Caregiver”.

9. She offers private consultations

If you’ve watched all the shows, read all the books, and scanned all the tweets, but are still struggling to get your kids under control, worry not. For parents who feel the need for some one-on-one advice (and who can afford the price), Frost offers personal consolations via her website. Judging by some of the comments left by happy consultees, the service is a roaring success. “What an incredible experience!!! What can I say about Jo Frost? She is just amazing! I felt that she knew me for years. The way that she understood my personal situation and the way that she was able to read between lines, I was shocked. THANK YOU so much for your time and words shared with me. They have been the boost that I exactly needed to change towards a better life for my children and for myself.,” raved one, while another offered the equally positive comment, “Thank you so much for being real and oh so genuine that is in such short supply these days! Your advice has given me strength over our 6-week sessions. Most importantly, I have seen the results I had hoped for. My relationship with my children has made us all much happier and my husband and I feel more connected as a couple. This has improved our parenting altogether.”

10. She’s a millionaire

It may have taken Frost 32 years to get her face on TV, but she’s been more than making up for it since. Thanks to the international success she’s enjoyed with Supernanny (not to mention her clutch of bestselling books), she can now claim the very healthy fortune of $1.5 million… according to Celebrity Net Worth, in any case.

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