Episode PremiereMarch 06, 2009
Show Period2004 - 2010
Production CompanyRDF USA, Embassy Row
In New York, the Chi family is all about getting down to business. Wife Myra (48) turned husband Charles' passion for martial arts into a business, and together they run two successful martial arts schools. Myra is the CEO, Charles (51) is the "product," and kids Meagan (14) and Charles Lee (9) serve as role models to other students. When they aren't putting in exhausting hours at the studio, Myra runs the family's home life much like a corporation. She proudly admits she's the dictator and makes her children sign a document making them citizens of the family. Meagan and Charles Lee have an extensive chore list because Myra admits messiness "distorts her brain." Through martial arts and a tough parenting style, Myra and Charles hope their children will learn the structure, discipline and respect they need to succeed in life.
The eccentric Edwards family of Washington lives to entertain. Wife Jackie (44) and husband Phil (44) are actors, singers and celebrity impersonators. They own and operate a community theater out of their home, and Jackie spends most of her time swamped in fabric because her brain." Through martial arts and a tough parenting style, Myra and Charles hope their children will learn the structure,she's constantly making new costumes. She loves to dress up as Dolly Parton, Mae West or Marilyn Monroe, while Phil dons pirate costumes and delivers singing telegrams. Free-spirited daughter Elisa (15) has few rules and is following in her parents' footsteps, dreaming of acting and singing professionally. With so much creative energy flowing through the house, there's no time for domestics matters. Dishes are only done when it's absolutely necessary, and bills often get lost in the shuffle. But Jackie doesn't worry; she believes, "If life gets messy, just go with it!"