Who is Jo Frost? Supernanny, parenting expert and author of Getting the Most From Your Children

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SUPER strict supernanny Jo Frost is every naughty child’s worst nightmare.

Here’s what you need to know about the TV personality turned author – who invented the concept of the ‘naughty step’.

 Supernanny Jo Frost is a popular TV personality turned author

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Supernanny Jo Frost is a popular TV personality turned author

Who is Jo Frost?

Jo was born on June 27 1971, and has 27 years of experience as a nanny.

She grew up with her builder dad, interior decorator mum and brother in South West London.

Since 2014, she’s lived in Orange County, California, with her husband Darrin Jackson – who is production manager on her many TV shows.

What has Jo Frost been in?

Jo has been a nanny since 1989, when she was 18 years old.

 She's been a nanny since she was 18 years old - and is the inventor of the 'naughty step'

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She’s been a nanny since she was 18 years old – and is the inventor of the ‘naughty step’

Her clients have included celebs such as TV producer John Lloyd – who worked on Blackadder and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

The no-nonsense nanny’s big break came in 2004 – when Channel 4 signed her for Supernanny.

On the show, she would visit troubled families and introduce disciplinary and entertainment techniques to help them control their naughty kids.

Not all parenting experts agreed with her techniques – in particular the invention of the ‘naughty step’, which some felt created unnecessary embarrassment.

But the groundbreaking show was an instant success, with six million viewers in its first year, and ran in the UK for six series.

Jo later took her knowledge across the pond, with an American version of the popular show.

But she quit the show in 2011, and was replaced by nursery manager Deborah Tillman.

 Jo fronted the UK and US versions of Supernany for seven years, from 2004-11

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Jo fronted the UK and US versions of Supernany for seven years, from 2004-11

The nanny also starred in Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance, in 2010, and Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost, in 2013.

The latter show focused on complex issues such as addiction, abuse, martial problems and blended families.

In 2014, Jo started hosting talk show Family Matters – and created a softer image, without her signature sharp suit and finger point.

A year later, she took on another show – based in The Netherlands – called Nanny On Tour.

Jo, who doesn’t have kids herself, has written six books on parenting – including bestseller Supernanny: Getting The Most From Your Children.

In related news, this is the secret to Jo’s new slimline figure, and her top tips for making sure your kids behave themselves during the school holidays.

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