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post #1 of 26
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Why do people volunteer to do this?

They seem to HATE it so much, and they never want to leave their own family behind.

I'm watching it for the first time, and these families are complete opposites, and destined to be full of drama of course.


Is there some cash prize at the end? I don't get it. It doesn't look like fun.
post #2 of 26
I don't get thoes shows either. I don't have cable, but when I'm at my parents I just cant bring myself to watch them.
post #3 of 26
I watch Trading Spouses once in awhile when I see its on, but I never make a note to watch it.

Its always interesting to live someone elses life, but your right - they always want to leave and never have a good time - I've seen some really good ones though.

At the end (I do believe on this one, or a different one like it) Each family is giving a certain amount of $$, and the other person that came into your family gets to decide how you split up the money and how you spend it.

Interesting show, I know I'd never be on it!
post #4 of 26
I have watched the show Trading Spouses and like Wife Swap. They do get money in the end...like 50k, in one show the twist is that the opposite mom gets to decide what the family will do with their 50k. Of course these shows are filled with drama...that is what makes them interesting but also provides a possible learning exerience for the people involved....and I aslo don't know a mom who wouldn't naturally miss their children and husband. I know I would.
post #5 of 26
I'd swap my boyfriend - for a better raincoat - but I doubt I'd want another man.
post #6 of 26
um, no what if the other spouse sleeps with the other???
Some of the german ones flirt so much that its disturbing.

Infact the first show i watched, there was a 18 year old as the mother and a 30 year old man, for the time she was gone he proposed to her in a video and she said no! because her other "spouse" convinced her that shes too young to look after kids and that she should live her own life!

It was so sad!
post #7 of 26
We have a great one here called 'Holiday Showdown" where each family takes the ohter on their 'dream holiday'.

Naturally they all hate each other and have a horrible time on the opposite families holiday but it's so much fun to watch!

My favourite one was the family who will only go on holiday along their local bus route! lol!

They take 2 weeks of work and spend every day visiting sites that can be reached by the local bus! No more than half an hour away!
post #8 of 26
I have to confess to secretly enjoying these shows.
There was one where the husband was such a total tool, and he knows he's on tv, just makes you wonder how they ever managed to get married in the first place. I just about cried when I saw how badly he treated his son. I think this show would've been great for the son, because the new mom did her best to build up his self esteem, and he got a chance to learn that his dad really was an idiot and it wasn't his (the kid's) fault.
Another one recently was astounding. The mom was just amazingly ignorant and selfish. It was incredible to watch someone behaving like that. she ended up screaming about "dark sided" people while her poor hen-pecked family watched on in horror.
These shows can really be eye-openers!
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by pushylady
IAnother one recently was astounding. The mom was just amazingly ignorant and selfish. It was incredible to watch someone behaving like that. she ended up screaming about "dark sided" people while her poor hen-pecked family watched on in horror.
I know exactly which one you're talking about. I was watching that thinking, gee, what a great representation of that group. Of course, the show's producers look for stuff like that, like the one woman in a million who is going to flip out like that.
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by evnshawn
I know exactly which one you're talking about. I was watching that thinking, gee, what a great representation of that group. Of course, the show's producers look for stuff like that, like the one woman in a million who is going to flip out like that.
I remember that one too. She tore up the letter stating that she wouldn't take the money. She didn't like that the other family didn't believe in God and all. Of course at the end of it all, she did accept money and how it would be spent.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by LilleKat
I'd swap my boyfriend - for a better raincoat - but I doubt I'd want another man.
LOLOL You stole the words right out of my mouth!!!!
post #12 of 26
I think the freakiest episode I saw of wife swap was when they had a vegetarian PETA person who did sun gazing for breakfast swapped with a family that hunts for their food. It was *scary*.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
I think the freakiest episode I saw of wife swap was when they had a vegetarian PETA person who did sun gazing for breakfast swapped with a family that hunts for their food. It was *scary*.
I remember that one! That PETA lady was a little over the top! She cried becuase there were stuffed birds and stuff on the wall! I don't loke looking at that stuff either but I wouldn't cry over it!
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
I remember that one! That PETA lady was a little over the top! She cried becuase there were stuffed birds and stuff on the wall! I don't loke looking at that stuff either but I wouldn't cry over it!
I was surprised she owned a cat. Her husband was so happy when the swapped wife brought meat back in the house and an oven.
post #15 of 26
I understand lots of people need money (myself mega-included), but leaving your kids in the hands of a stranger for a week? The producers purposely choose wives with opposite values. Even though the kids' dad is there, he doesn't get to make any decisions.

I really don't think I'd leave my cats in that situation.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
I understand lots of people need money (myself mega-included), but leaving your kids in the hands of a stranger for a week? The producers purposely choose wives with opposite values. Even though the kids' dad is there, he doesn't get to make any decisions.

I really don't think I'd leave my cats in that situation.


I agree. If it was just spouses (adults) - then go ahead, but it's the kids I worry about. That can be a little traumatizing to the younger ones. Older ones I think would understand, but not the little ones and for $50K?
I have to admit though that I do like the SuperNanny. I think that show is great! The kids learn a lot there and the parenting gets better and I don't think the risk to the kids is there because both parents remain and do the discipline (just through the nanny).
post #17 of 26
Yah I like supernanny too. Though you can't help but wonder about peoples parenting skills.. I like some of the techniques the nanny's use with the children to give them goals in daily life. Important lessons are learned early.
post #18 of 26
Yeah they do choose opposites for effect. Fireworks make for good tv I suppose. It's kinda like watching a train wreck.
A lot of those episodes I think the kids learn something valuable. Either, that their mom is pretty good compared to what else is out there, or they get a chance to witness a better style of parenting from the new mom.

Super Nanny kicks some major butt! Those nannies really make a difference in people's lives. Watching that show, it's disheartening to see how many people just seem to go into reproducing without any thought to the realities of having kids. I remember one mom who was fustrated because she couldn't continue to run a business full time from home & raise her son & twin girls at the same time. Hello? Children take a lot of work! Oh really? Wow...
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
I remember that one! That PETA lady was a little over the top! She cried becuase there were stuffed birds and stuff on the wall! I don't loke looking at that stuff either but I wouldn't cry over it!
That was the first one I ever watched! She was crazy. Not only did she smoke all the time, she made all their friends watch some video about animal torture while she was bawling, she hit their dog when it misbehaved, and then at the end she decides she is going to try alligator!
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by zak&rocky
That was the first one I ever watched! She was crazy. Not only did she smoke all the time, she made all their friends watch some video about animal torture while she was bawling, she hit their dog when it misbehaved, and then at the end she decides she is going to try alligator!
WHAT??? You've GOT to be kidding!

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Originally Posted by lisasha3
I have to admit though that I do like the SuperNanny. I think that show is great! The kids learn a lot there and the parenting gets better and I don't think the risk to the kids is there because both parents remain and do the discipline (just through the nanny).
At least "Supernanny" is attempting to fix a problem. "Trading Spouses" causes them.
post #21 of 26
Did anyone see Wife Swap last night? I know a lot of people who get really into medieval stuff but living in it 24/7 is like living in a bubble. Unfortunately I know a couple people that would easily do that if given the opportunity...escapism.
post #22 of 26
i watched wife swap once, there were two totally family's, one very rich and the other poor.

the poor family made the woman feel accepted straight away, you could tell she was uncomfortable in their home but it didn't go to bad.

but the rich family made the other woman feel like dirt, they held party's and all the female friends said horrible things to her, she ended up crying a lot of the time and i thought it was discusting, there's no excuse to treat someone like that, whether you have money or not, we are all the same...i have no respect for shows like that, it's nasty.

i guess it hurt even more because my mum is poor, i help her when ever i can but she gets the same treatment from her mother in law all the time, nan will show mum photo's of her friends houses and talk about all the stuff she can buy and it makes my mum feel so bad especially because she can hardly afford to pay her bills...iv'e pretty much disowned my nan because of this behavior yet mum still tolerates her

i used to be poor too and ni know how bad it can make you feel when people with money look down on you.

i guess some episodes may not have been so bad but after the one i saw i never watched it again.

why go out of your way to make someone feel bad? i can never understand that, it's much more rewarding to make someone happy.

i'll get off my soapbox now lol...sore subject for me
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
WHAT??? You've GOT to be kidding!

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Yup, the family she was with lived on a bayou in Louisiana and raised alligators, and they went to some place where it was served and she talked herself into trying it! Her kids were kind of mad when she got home.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Did anyone see Wife Swap last night? I know a lot of people who get really into medieval stuff but living in it 24/7 is like living in a bubble. Unfortunately I know a couple people that would easily do that if given the opportunity...escapism.
Medieval stuff aside, the fact that the kids never go outside or socialise with other people was disturbing.

The daughter didn't even know how to use a cell phone.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by missymotus
Medieval stuff aside, the fact that the kids never go outside or socialise with other people was disturbing.

The daughter didn't even know how to use a cell phone.
that is strange, i don't get the medieveil thing, do they live how they did beack then? no electricity etc?
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by pandybear
that is strange, i don't get the medieveil thing, do they live how they did beack then? no electricity etc?
They ate off medieval style plates/cups and she cooked the kind of meals like they used to eat.

I do think this family had electricity, but they didn't have even a land line phone.
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