The 'parentology' of parenting

Parenting never stops, so it's lucky for all the new and veteran parents around the Capital Region, that Paula Gretzinger is here.

It deals with everything. Usually people think when you talk about parenting it's only newborn to 2 or 3 years old, but it's also teens and beyond, said Gretzinger.

Gretzinger, of Clifton Park, is referring to her new television show"a mix of reality series, lives guests and pre-produced stories"that premiered on the CW Sunday, Dec.5. "Parentology" is a survival guide to parenting, packed into a weekly half-hour show, and will touch on topics like nutrition, family profiles, activities, juggling kids and work, and anything else that can help make the busiest caretaker's life a little easier.

"I wanted to have a show that targets everybody"moms, dads, grandparents. Some of my guests will be teens and every week I'll profile a different family. I have experts, local doctors, local parenting experts, nutritionists and fitness experts," said Gretzinger.

The first show, which aired at its weekly time of Sunday at 8:30 a.m., featured a stay at home mom with five kids, a stay at home dad with two kids and a single working mom. The three very different families discussed whether or not parenting was a difficult job.

"A single mom has a different perspective compared to a stay at home dad. He thought it was very difficult, and the single working mom said 'No way,'" said Gretzinger.

Offering perspectives and a platform to share parenting tips, challenges and stories, is what "Parentology" is all about. Gretzinger said she hopes the show comes off as authentic and real, because after all, she's no expert herself, she's just a mom.

"The reaction has been very positive one of the things a parent said was that she really liked the show because it showed real parents and it's not a show like 'The Nanny' that talks about making one family look bad," said Gretzinger. "Mine is about giving tips to other parents in similar situations; it's a feel good show because nobody really has the answers for parenting. You think you know everything but you don't."

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