Allen Family The Allens are a Georgia family who own and run a farm, with an eclectic range of animals. Teamwork, respect and discipline are the key principles practiced in their daily lives. Scott and June expect their children to start the day with a good attitude and a commitment to their responsibilities. Scott's motto: "I can't make you happy but I can make you miserable." For one week, the Allens take in visitors of a very different nature: two dysfunctional teenagers. Kelsey has a rebellious and angry disposition fueled by a painful past. Zach is a spoiled, defiant, and sneaky young man whose mother fears he's on the road to self-destruction. But will a week of demanding farm chores and inescapable consequences be enough to turn them around?
Malone Family The Malone Family is from Chardon, Ohio and believes that hard work teaches respect, values, and empowerment. Everyday chores are tackled before breakfast and everyone pulls their weight to get the job done. Terry is a retired SWAT commander and he and his wife, Pamela, share a keen eye for misdemeanors and don't miss a trick. They're "sensibly strict" with no tolerance for dishonesty. Any kid that tries to pull a fast one gets busted, and that means a dose of Pamela's "boot camp." For the next week, the Malones will take in Taylor and Gina, two dishonest and disrespectful teens who call the shots at home and turn their noses up at authority. But will a week with the Malones transform these teens and instill some integrity and a desire to tow the line at home?
Smith Family The Malone Family is from Chardon, Ohio and believes that hard work teaches respect, values, and empowerment. Everyday chores are tackled before breakfast and everyone pulls their weight to get the job done. Terry is a retired SWAT commander and he and his wife, Pamela, share a keen eye for misdemeanors and don't miss a trick. They're "sensibly strict" with no tolerance for dishonesty. Any kid that tries to pull a fast one gets busted, and that means a dose of Pamela's "boot camp." For the next week, the Malones will take in Taylor and Gina, two dishonest and disrespectful teens who call the shots at home and turn their noses up at authority. But will a week with the Malones transform these teens and instill some integrity and a desire to tow the line at home?
Pavoni Family Dino and Deborah Pavoni have instilled a strong work ethic in their kids. They run a tight ship, both at home and at their family owned pizza restaurant in Crestwood, Illinois. Being a team member is not optional - it comes with the territory. Both parents take a militant and non-negotiable approach to raising their kids. They believe they have no option, and both are tragically aware of the consequences that can come from children's bad decisions: eight years ago they lost one of their sons to drugs. For one week, the Pavonis open their home to Ashley and James, a pair of disrespectful teenagers who are used to calling the shots. Neither teen is prepared for the family's uncompromising way of life and both soon fall short of Dino's behavior expectations. But as the rules are enforced, can the fallout lead to some much needed self-reflection for the teens?
Bledsoe Family Jeff and Maria Bledsoe believe in parenting by example. They set the pace for their five children on daily long distance runs through the Nebraska countryside and insist on striving for goals, having a strong work ethic and being respectful to others. They have built a strong family unit by always supporting each other's efforts and spending quality time together. The Bledsoes believe hard work brings out one's true character, and they expect their kids to pull their weight in the three family businesses: breeding Rottweilers, running an auto repair shop and a pumpkin patch. Jeff and Maria are confident anyone can change their life's course for the better if given the right tools and guidance. For one week, the Bledsoes will add a pair of spoiled and entitled teenagers to their family. Sarah believes her good looks will get her everything she wants in life, and Peyton stubbornly refuses to comply with any of his mom's requests. But when the Bledsoes take charge, will a week of firm parenting change the teens' attitudes or simply add fuel to their rebellious fires?
Moyer Family Charles and Traci Moyer are a formidable parenting force. Traci is an investigative journalist and Charles has a military background. Between them, they rarely miss a trick. If their two boys are disrespectful, don't follow rules or properly carry out a task, Traci finds a creative consequence from her book of punishments that ensures the misdemeanor is never repeated. They acknowledge that as parents they are hard on their kids, but they see it as an essential part of ensuring their boys are raised to be honest, hard working and respectful. For one week the Moyers invite two teenagers into their Indiana home, offering them a chance to experience their unique style of parenting. Sierrah is selfish, narcissistic and believes her mother should do everything for her, while Gavin has isolated himself from his family which has led to a major disconnect between him and his stepdad. From the moment they arrive at the Moyer home, the teens discover they're in for a shock. Living under Traci and Charles' rules does not come easy, and it's not long before Gavin and Sierrah are both questioning their decision to enter the household. But by the end of the week, will they still feel the same, or will they begin to question their destructive behavior?
Tilley Family Susan and Eddie Tilley's parenting philosophy is rooted in communication. When their two children get off track, they're forced to evaluate their decisions with a constructive conversation. Their South Carolina home holds regular family meetings to discuss attitudes, priorities at school and what Matthew and Mary Kate are doing in their spare time. There's "nothing a good conversation can't solve." The parents feel this makes their children accountable for their actions, empowers them to make better decisions and gives them value, self-worth and confidence. The talking is backed up with firm rules. The Tilleys have a "no privacy" policy, so that they can keep a watchful eye on their teens' personal interests. That means cell phones and Internet activity are both closely monitored. Teenagers Christine and Jesse are used to much laxer regimes. Both teens are defiant and unruly. Out of options, their parents have turned to the Tilleys, hoping a week of their firm approach can lead to enlightenment. But from the moment Eddie discovers what Jesse has brought into his home, it's clear this won't be easy and things could get ugly.
Hughes Family The Hughes are a close knit family whose lives are centered on their Florida cattle ranch. Everyone pitches in, and parents Holly and Pat have raised their kids to understand their role in the family. Pat's position as lieutenant in the Orlando Fire Department has clearly influenced him as a parent. Rank and respect play an integral part in the family structure. Their children answer him by "yes, sir" and Holly by "yes, ma'am." Disrespect is simply not tolerated. If house rules aren't adhered to, walking around a field balancing a water-filled slosh pipe is the parents' consequence of choice. It's designed to give children the chance to reflect on their behavior, but with four well behaved kids, Pat and Holly rarely dole it out. All that is about to change, however. Visiting teenagers Jacob and Tyler are used to very different regimes than the Hughes', and they're going to make sure everyone knows it. They control their households with major attitudes and disrespect for their parents. Within hours of arriving on the ranch, they discover this won't fly with Pat and Holly. With the Hughes' parents keen to take an active role in both teens' lives, the week rapidly becomes as emotionally testing as it is physically grueling. But by the end of it, will the teens come away with more than just some sore arms from the slosh pipe?
Illig Family Tennesseans Ken and Mary Jo Illig are dedicated to making a difference in teens' lives. In addition to raising their own four children, they've been foster parents to countless kids over the years. Their experience has taught them that the best approach to parenting is to be levelheaded, honest and consistent. The Illigs believe in setting a good example and being positive role models in everything they do. To make the strongest impact on their kids, they have firm rules and guidelines everyone is expected to follow. A step out of line is met with a stint at the stumps of discipline, where the offender must saw off a thin piece of a tree stump by hand. The aim is not just unpleasantness. It's designed to give children time to reflect on their bad choices and to encourage them to make more intelligent decisions going forward. Teenagers Sebastian and Bekki are about to experience life with the Illigs for one week. At home, both are behaving in ways that could jeopardize their futures. Help from Ken and Mary Jo is the last resort. The Illigs' diet of discipline and respect will not be palatable to the teens. But will these experienced parents be able to handle the fallout and bring about a real change?
Fisher Family The Fishers are a large and optimistic family of nine, with children ranging in age from 5-17. Any challenges this poses are met by the family's committed teamwork and the hardnosed organization that parents, Rose Mary and Rick, have instilled. There is no tolerance for slacking or disrespect. Everyone pitches in and is expected to address their parents with "yes sir/yes ma'am" responses. Back talk or a bad attitude results in quick disciplinary action of having to do additional chores or running around cones. The family's resilience and unity was recently tested when the Nashville floods destroyed their first home. Faced with severe financial and practical pressures, the Fishers refused to quit and confronted the disaster with fortitude and perseverance. It literally forced them to turn life's lemons into lemonade. Every weekend they supplement their income by setting up a lemonade stand at the local farmers market. The experience has given them a deeper appreciation for their familial bond. For the next week, the Fishers take in two self-absorbed party girls who abuse the rules and put themselves in precarious situations. Rose Mary and Rick plan to show Amber and Stephanie that their family's approach to life can help them, too. Both girls soon show their stubborn sides, but will a week of Southern discomfort turn the teens around? Or will they stand their ground and play it their way to the end?