“Kidnapped By The Kids” on OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK Monday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m.
As parents everywhere struggle to balance the overwhelming demands of work and family, “Kidnapped By The Kids,” a new series premiering Monday, April 4 (9-10 p.m.) on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, explores what happens when the kids are in charge. Can mom or dad learn to be a better parent from their child? In this forced work sabbatical, it’s goodbye to cell phones and hello to family time with the kids at the helm. In each episode, a workaholic parent is whisked away for a week of quality time with their kids, and given an eye-opening wake-up call. No computers, no blackberries, no contact with the office, just much-needed one-on-one family time. Not only do the parents find out what they’ve been missing, they walk in the shoes of the stay-at-home parent. The heart-warming journey culminates with a commitment ceremony where the kidnapped parent promises to stay connected to the family. “Kidnapped By The Kids” features parents with very diverse professions: a pastor whose kids never see him because he’s too busy ministering to other families, a mother whose second job as a longshoreman keeps her away from home every weekend in addition to her 80 hour workweek, and a couple who work all hours of the week to run their recently opened beauty salon. “Kidnapped By The Kids” is produced by Love Productions. Executive producers are Richard McKerrow and Pete Tartagilia. Co-executive producers are Emily Sinclair and Benny Reuven.