Extreme Guide to Parenting airs a new episode on Bravo tonight. On tonight’s episode called, “The Highly Disciplined Warriors & The Total Package”, Jen and Troi take the jiu-jitsu lifestyle to a whole new level and train their four kids to be highly disciplined “warriors.”
On the last episode, Marisa wanted her only child, Austen, to be the best at everything, even if it meant pushing him to the limit. At four years old, he played five sports, knows the U.S. Presidents and can write his name. But that’s not enough for his over-achieving mother. Husband Jeff challenged Marisa to face her own fears before pushing Austen any further. Did you watch the last episode? We recapped it all right here for you.
On tonight’s episode Jen and Troi take the jiu-jitsu lifestyle to a whole new level and train their four kids to be highly disciplined “warriors.” Darlene Brooks believes you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. With two of her three girls leaving the nest, Darlene turns her full attention to Bianca to “smooth out her rough edges.”
Tonight’s episode is going to be a great episode and you won’t want to miss it, so be sure to tune in for our live coverage of the show tonight at 10:30 PM EST! While you wait for our recap hit the comments and let us know how excited you are about this new episode of Extreme Guide to Parenting.
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On tonight’s episode we met two different versions of a very controlling parent. In one household we have the Valencias – Jen and Troi. Now they love their children but their focus seems to be more attuned to the jiu-jitsu lifestyle than it is on their children’s happiness.
They are in fact a competitive family. As in Mom and Dad want and prefer their children to win jiu-jitsu contests. They also have yet to teach these children they love so much that it might be ok to lose here or there. Or that they don’t have to be fearsome “warriors”. So all of their children have in it their head that they must win at the sport. And although that sound rough – things are worse living with Darlene and the Brookses.
Darlene is a perfectionist and with a rebellious daughters – she tends to be tough with her expectations. Unfortunately, her daughter Bianca is stuck as the sole focus as Darlene’s criticism and Bianca tries fighting off her mother’s “kind” suggestions as much as she can.
Take Bianca’s hair. It’s the natural look and Bianca doesn’t see anything wrong with continuing with the style. If it suits her then why not. Her mother, though, doesn’t like it. So the daughter was dragged to a hair salon where he mother promptly made demands on the hair stylist. However the stylist decided to tune mommy dearest out and instead asked Bianca what she wanted.
Bianca said she was fine as she is and her mother then proceeded to point out what was wrong. And that was too much for any child to hear. Your mother is supposed to love and support you no matter what. At least that’s what all the hallmark cards have been saying. You should never find them wanting to tear down your character in order to rebuilt younger version of themselves.
Then something strange happened. For some reason, maybe a delayed reaction of parental instinct, these two sets of parents finally noticed their bad behaviors and decided to change for the better.
It took Darlene’s friend to point out how hard the other woman was being on her kid. And up to then, Darlene honestly thought she was preparing her daughter for a life of greatness. The reason she’s so involved is because she wants her daughter to possible become the next Hillary Clinton. Which is admirably but that wasn’t the only reason she’s been pushing as hard as she does.
Darlene’s own mother didn’t have the time to support her daughter and growing up Darlene felt like there was no plan in place for her. So when she started to have her kids – she vowed to be different. And yet she went to the extreme. Hence Darlene took her friend’s advice and tried to lay off on all the helpful hints.
And surprisingly once she did that, her daughter then started to iron out her own rough edges all on her own. Bianca did her hair by herself and went with the sleek look her mother was always hoping for. Plus the two of them also became closer. It’s typical of teenagers to sometimes ignore their parents whenever a heart to heart chat is offered. Yet Bianca actually liked talking to her mother. She later said that she wished all of their conversations were like that.
As for the jiu-jitsu bunch, after ignoring their daughter’s true wishes and telling her she had to lose weight for competition – she still ended up losing. Poor Leila gave it her all and lost in her division. Afterwards she was so broken up that her parents chose not to make it worse.
Rather than asking her what went wrong they instead tried sympathy and you know what – it worked for them. Leila was told that she was still a warrior despite what happened. And they also thought about allowing her to try new things outside of jiu-jitsu which is what everyone knows that Leila always wanted. So you can never tell with these cases – perhaps there is hope for extreme parents!