Raise My Kids


Is parenting all it’s cracked up to be? Is it as easy as people would like you to think? Are three kids easier than one? RAISE MY KIDS is a brand new series, which takes one couple thinking about children, gives them an instant family to find out the answers! No experts, No Nannies!

This is not a reality show where the aim is to catch people out.  There is no first prize or reward – the experience is the prize – much like actual parenting. RAISE MY KIDS aims to give couples debating the issue of children the chance to try their hand at parenting in a controlled situation with children they already know.
The show is designed is to give couples a true taste of raising children and the chance to practice their child rearing theories in a real life setting.  There is no experience like loving and raising your own kids, but no better reality check than actual extended time with children to know what parenting is all about. 

Over a five day period RAISE MY KIDS experiences the couples parenting theories and how family life functions. In other words, they are confronted with the reality of no sleep-ins, the sometimes dirty, the often hilarious, and of course the daily complications of raising children. There are tears, tantrums, laughs and love as the couple continue to work, attend hobbies and try to live ordinary ‘instant’ family life.

It’s not all just playing happy families. The couple not only have to look after the children, but via a video letter they receive 3 tasks proposed by the children’s real parents… which need to be solved over the course of the weekend… as a family!


Promotional Trailer

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Production Details

Producer: Roger Wylie

Thanks to: The families who participated

Exec producer: Andrea Lamb

Network exec: Tony Manson

Director: Michelle Walshe

Post Production Director: Bridgid Davis

Researcher: Margaret Brott

Writers: Derek Stuart, Bridgid Davis, Paul Little

Offline Editor: Fiona Gudsell

Online Editor: Phil Dodds

Production manager: Ingrid Larsen

Production coordinator: Amy Toogood

Camera: Tony Burrows, Daniel Apiata

Sound Mix: Graham Wallace

Sound: Al Wilson

Narrator: Gerard Johnstone

Production accountant: Liz Goddard

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TV2