Wife Swap Australia – Janine Was A Bit Delusional
Gym junkies Tracey and Russell had an interesting relationship philosophy they put each other first ahead of their children. This view came from the fact both had had previous failed marriages. There were pros and cons to this idea, as they certainly looked very happy together.
This fit and healthy lifestyle also appeared to extend to a lot of action in the bedroom. Lucky for Janine the Wife Swap rules did not extend to the boudoir otherwise she would have been in more trouble then the early settlers.
Tracey and Russell led an extreme healthy and active lifestyle. In fact they even fed their 12 year old daughter, Aijha, protein shakes for breakfast.
Aijha was also given a lot of freedom, no helicopter mothering here, and I don’t think it was a negative thing. For some strange reason Russell and Tracey remind me of Kath Day-Knight and Kel in their to camera pieces.
Janine was the complete opposite she had eight kids and led a sedentary lifestyle. She was a bit deluded about what she fed her kids and it was amusing when she looked in Tracey’s fridge and saw the salad and said that it was similar to what she served at home. Funnily enough a vegetable was never seen there.
Also Janine who had eight kids, thought the children should be the priority in the relationship, and Shane who looked like an exhausted sperm donor agreed. It was sad to see that even though she was looking after her kids, she did not really know what was going on in their lives, and the effect their being overweight had on them in the school yard.
Janine was upset that the kids were self sufficient. In fact Janine cried about everything -even having to do a personal training session.
Also you would think Janine’s family was living in the Gaza strip with her attitude about how dangerous it was outside the house.
What I did find interesting was whether Tracey actually abided by Janine’s rules for the first part of the week, as it looked like she had snuck her own food as their were protein bars on her lap in some of the interviews.
When it came to rule change time, Tracey obviously changed the diet and increased the exercise. She cracks a mean whip not taking any crap from the kids and she snarled at them “No more bitching and moaning about the food” as she turfed out all the junk.
She also forced the kids to go out and exercise, and it was sad to hear that one of the little girls had not been down the waterslide at the pool before.
Janine in the other house turfed out the protein shakes and replaced it with Milo and proper food for breakfast. She also drove Aijha to school, and gave her what she thought was a healthy chocolate treat for afternoon tea. Aijha was enjoying the attention.
She also stopped Russell from going to the gym and made him take Aijha to the beach.
What was probably the saddest thing about this episode was with Janine’s supposed hands on mothering however she really had no idea how nine year old Brionna was. Brionna or Boo was extremely funny and likeable girl, but she had no friends at school because of her size. Tracey told Janine this and she appeared to take the criticism in her stride, however when she arrived home Boo was trying to say something to her but could not gain her attention. Her husband Shane was very happy with the changes. What was so great was that they appeared to stay.
Tracey’s parenting epiphany only occurred after she had arrived home and torn down Janine’s rules. Aijha started crying and said she did want to spend more time as a family. Again another fairy tale ending with Tracey spending more quality time with her youngest child.