Pandemic-permitting, Frost has plans to head Down Under next year, where she hopes to do live events. “I want to really give Australian families an opportunity to converse with me in a one-on-one experience,” she tells WHO.
Parenting in a pandemic has been a minefield for a lot of people, something Jo Frost knows all too well. The parenting expert has consulted with more than 1000 parents, children and caretakers by video conference since March, doling out much needed guidance for life at home during quarantine.
But the 50-year-old insists the craziness of 2020 could also be seen as a positive for many families. “I keep saying it’s like Mother Nature put us on the naughty step and said, ‘Why are you still doing this? OK, well, then you can sit there in a time out,’” she jokes of her popular discipline technique. “Mother Nature made us stop – all of us. We had to start prioritising what was important, like truly spending quality time together.”
When WHO caught up with Frost via phone from her home in Orange County, California, it had recently been announced the TV star is joining Channel Nine’s new show The Parent Jury in 2021.
In the controversial new series, she dares mums and dads who believe their parenting style is the best to put themselves to the test. “What I love about the show is that it’s really just a conversation that allows parents to speak up and talk about what they feel works and doesn’t work, and what they feel is right for their own family,” Frost explains. “I think those conversations are good because I do think we should be asking ourselves today, what kind of parenting style did we come from? And how do we parent our kids today? So just making us more mindful and conscientious of what we value and how we’re raising our kids.”
It also hopefully means a trip Down Under next year for the star, who admits she’s been itching to get back to Australia to help families in need. “It’s in the calendar to get on down and start helping families,” Frost says. “Australia, you’ve been so patient. You’ve been waiting for ages for me to get down there and lend my expertise.”
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October 26, 2020