Episode PremiereMarch 20, 2009
Show Period2004 - 2010
Production CompanyRDF USA, Embassy Row
Further south in Oregon, anything goes in the Henstein home! Fun-loving Eric (43) and Joyce (41) like being "cool parents" to teenagers Josh (18), Jake (16) and Erica (14). They have an open door policy in their house allowing the kids and their friends the freedom to flow in and out. To ensure she is able to spend as much time as possible catering to her kids' every whim, Joyce runs a daycare out of their home. Eric admits he will never strike it rich installing cabinets, but life is too short to worry about money. He'd much rather spend time with his kids playing practical jokes. In the happy Henstein home, it's hard to tell who the parents are and who the kids are, but they wouldn't have it any other way.
The Toulou family from Washington are doing their best to keep up with today's faltering economy. As real estate agents, Lisa (40) and Troy (39) are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In order to cut down on expenses, the Toulous recruit their two children, Lauren (14) and Connor (10), to help them clean their office. Lisa has high expectations for the kids at home as well: Both Lauren and Connor have an extensive chore list, as Lisa aims for her house to look like a model home. They even have "by invitation only" rooms which the children cannot enter unless their parents give them approval. With so many chores and little time to relax, the Toulou children have no social life, leaving Connor to play with his only friend-a stick.