15 Questions for... Daring Doer, Deborah Tillman, "America's Supernanny"
Frustrated after seven horrific child care provider experiences with her infant son, in 1992 Deborah Tillman ultimately took matters into her own hands by quitting her job as an accountant to start a home-based school where she could provide quality daycare and instruction to her son and other children. An immediate hit among other families in the community, Tillman soon expanded her business into a 5,600 square foot space with a staff of six serving 45 children. Shortly after that, her center amassed a six-month waiting list and in 1998, she opened a second site to accommodate more than 100 students and 16 full-time staff. Today, Tillman operates three centers in Virginia and was recently chosen to be the expert star of Lifetime's new parenting series, "America's Supernanny."
Deborah Tillman is on a mission: to help troubled families resolve their issues and get back on the road to happiness. As “America’s Supernanny” she'll be traveling the country to visit the homes of parents who are seeking guidance and assistance on how to best raise their children.
Tune in to Lifetime TV Tuesday nights at 9/8c to see Deborah in action and get to know the woman behind the Supernanny with these revealing questions from the Lifetime Moms...
1) When did you start babysitting?
I started babysitting at 12 years old. I became the neighborhood babysitter between the ages of 13 to 17.
2) What is the most important quality to look for in a child care provider?
The most important qualities I look for in a child care provider is the provider is loving, nurturing, patient, has integrity, and educated in the field of early childhood education.
3) What was the #1 rule in your home growing up?
Our #1 rule growing up was to be kind to yourself and others.
4) What do you think is the toughest age to discipline?
One of the toughest ages to discipline, depending on maturity level, is a thirteen year old because the child “thinks” they are grown up enough to make all of their own decisions when in actuality they still need to be guided and directed by parents. It is important for parents to listen more at this age. Prayerfully, the parent has already laid down the foundation and it is now time to listen and give your motherly and fatherly advice and most important, wisdom.
5) What age do you think parents should start disciplining their kids?
Parents should begin early on to lead, guide, direct and teach their children – basically as soon as the child is able to understand. The earlier children know what is expected of them the sooner you can work on getting the desired result you want as a parent.
6) How many children do you have?
I have a wonderful nineteen year old boy named Zeplyn.
7) In a few words, how do you think your child would describe you?
My child would describe me as a loving, no nonsense, honest person who strives to be the best she can be.
8) What is your favorite way to unwind after a long, tiring day?
To unwind, I read the bible and drink chamomile tea.
9) As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Growing up, I wanted to be a prosecuting attorney then an accountant.
10) Did you ever dream you’d be on Lifetime Television?
No, I never dreamed of being on Lifetime. I have had goals all of my life and have worked extremely hard to reach my goals. However, I always knew that God had a GREAT purpose for me.
11) Do you have an iphone – What’s your favorite app?
My favorite application is the bible.
12) Who was a better on-screen nanny: Mary Poppins, Mrs. Doubtfire, Nanny McPhee or Fran Drescher?
Out of the nannies mentioned, Nanny McPhee was one of my favorite nannies.
13) Name something you always have in your purse.
In my wallet, I always have a picture of my son and my husband.
14) What is the one thing you most hope people will take away from you and the new TV series.
The one thing that I hope that people take away from me is the use of Positive Parenting Skills and tools to help change their lives and the lives of their children. From the show I would want them to learn that they are not alone. So many parents are going through the same issues and concerns and those at home watching can be inspired by the families but also be empowered to use the techniques to change their lives.
15) What do you think is the best gift to give a mom around the holidayS?
The best gift to give to mom during the holidays is the gift of time to spend with family and friends.