By Safety Mom
Overall, I’m not a fan of reality shows. I’m tired of seeing people belittling other people, backstabbing and the other nonsense all for the sake of “good TV.” There are, of course, exceptions. Shows like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance? which allow ordinary people that just need a break to shine.
And that’s why I’m entering Oprah’s contest to get a show on her new channel. As The Safety Mom, http://www.safetymom.com, I have had the opportunity to speak with so many incredible people. Parents who have either lost a child or come very close to it but have taken that tragedy and helped others. People who have formed organizations to fight cyber bullying, locate missing children and tackle issues of obesity. I’ve also received amazing e-mails from parents who thank me for opening up about my struggles and hardships because it’s helped them realize they’re not alone in their battles or because I’ve given them resources on where to turn for help.
Mark Burnett (the creator of such hit shows as Survivor and The Apprentice!) and Oprah are teaming up to –yes – create a reality show about finding the new show for Oprah’s network, OWN. If I were to become a finalist it seems I would have to go through “boot camp” for six weeks to win. Hmmmm, not exactly thrilled by that idea.
But, when I lost my son Connor to SIDS and when I learned my oldest has severe intellectual disabilities, I knew that I was meant to be on the path I’ve chosen. Talking to other people about family tragedies and struggles and helping them realize they’re not alone! That, after all is what got me through some of my darkest days – still does.
We are incredibly resilient creatures and we can overcome just about anything. Sometimes we just need to hear that someone’s out there willing to help us and even lend a shoulder to cry on once in a while. So yes, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to create a show that will feature everyday parents like you and me who have experienced incredible tragedies but have gone on to change the world. I also will talk to amazing kids who are making a difference in their communities and others who are still going through struggles and need a little help.
So, I’m asking for your help and support – CLICK HERE to view my video and vote as often as you like until June 25th.
Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.