Episode PremiereFebruary 06, 2009
Show Period2004 - 2010
Production CompanyRDF USA, Embassy Row
The Jones family from Colorado are the ideal image of time management and structure. Speech pathologist and former beauty queen Mom Kerry (46) believes formal education is the key to success and devotes her time to handling daughters Krista (17) and Brooke's (14) jam-packed schedule. As dancers, they spend 4-5 hours a night practicing while Kerry looks on. Both girls are expected to bring home A's and B's, even if it means staying up late to complete their homework. With the girls constantly on the go, Police Lieutenant Dad Mark (46) spends most nights eating dinner alone. The little free time the girls have to spend with their father usually turns into Mark' patrolling and scolding them. He feels rules, chores and organization are necessary to keep the girls out of trouble.
The free-spirited Martinson family from California choose to go against the grain when it comes to educating their children. Instead of public schools, Mom Heather (39) "fun-schools" her children using amusement parks and a homemade time machine. She encourages her three boys, Nick (18), Riley (10) and Harrison (7), to question everything, including the theory of gravity. Self-employed, aspiring author Dad Lee (50) shares Heather's perspectives and feels that schools are "socialist, anti-family rat holes." Both parents pride themselves in the chaotic environment they have created in their home; they feel less structure gives kids higher self-esteem. As a result, the boys have no chores or responsibilities. Without any restrictions on their appearance, they often choose to wear mismatched outfits, but it's all in the name of self expression.