This Tuesday (December 6) don’t miss Lifetime’s newest series, America’s Supernanny, starring childcare expert Deborah Tillman. This episode features lesbian couple Amy Paul and Mandy Sheckles of Camby, IN and their children Amanda, 9, Bradley, 7, and 2 ½ year-old quadruplets Tillie, Kerry, Harper, and Kennedy. Watch as Deborah helps Mandy and Amy gain control of their quadruplets while their two older children compete for their attention.
The Virginia-based wife, mother and author, who boasts more than 19 years experience in early childhood education opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about working with the busy Sheckles-Paul family.
CBS: How did you help theSheckles-Paul family find some peace in their busy/big household? Are they able to spend some quality one-on-one time with each child? If so, has this helped the family equilibrium?
DT: “There were several techniques that I put in place. However, two techniques were extremely instrumental in handling the big and busy Sheckles-Paul household. First, I structured the environment for the quads by organizing a room in their house as a daycare center. By creating a school like environment, it creates an opportunity to get into the ‘child’s world’ by providing structure and a daily routine that will help stimulate and regulate children as they grow in cognitive, social/emotional, fine motor, language and literacy, dramatic play, music and movement and creative activities.
Secondly, it was possible to spend quality one on one time with the children particularly during the time spent in the daycare. As the children moved from one activity to another Amy was able to have the freedom to roam and interact with all the quads. Bedtime for the quads should be at 8:00 p.m. each night which leaves time for Amanda and Bradley to spend one on one time with Amy and Mandy.”