There are more than 1.3 million single parents in Britain – that’s 23% of all families, and for many of them the hectic schedule of children, work and boring domestic chores leaves little room for anything else in their lives – particularly romance!
So why don’t single parents take a gamble and involve the kids in the process?
Children certainly don’t mince their words, are quick to judge, are adventurous, uninhibited and, of course, know their Mums and Dads inside out – so who better to do the groundwork?
Love Me Love My Kids is the family entertainment series that sees single parents from all over Britain hand over control of their love lives to their children. Will they have better luck - or judgement! - when it comes to finding that illusive suitable suitor?
Have the kids got the same ideas as Mum or Dad about who is Mr. or Ms. Right? Will Dates try to impress the adult…or the children in order to win-over the family and win over their rivals? Can children really play Cupid?
In this series, six brave single parents allow their children to run their love lives and hopefully find romance for Mum or Dad.
Each episode focuses on one single parent family with two or more children. It is the children’s job to pick out a suitable Date for their parent.
The children attend a selection day, normally held on a weekend, where they interview twenty singletons in order to pick two that they feel are suitable for their parent and who will move into the family home for a weekend each. The children are unaware that their Mum or Dad is watching the interviews in a nearby room via a video link but is powerless to influence the children’s decision.
The following Friday, chosen Date number one moves into the family home. They arrive to be greeted by the children who give them a tour of the house, before the parent arrives home from work and meets their Date for the first time. The Date spends the entire weekend at the house and the whole family participates in an activity on the Saturday, chosen by the kids. The Date then leaves the family home on Sunday lunchtime. The following weekend this format is repeated with Date number two.
During the course of the weekend, the idea is that the kids are in charge, and they often interrogate their parent on how the date is progressing as well as giving their advice on what their Mum or Dad should be doing in order to create a good impression on their Date. The family and the Date also film personal video diaries to reveal their feelings on how the weekend is going.
After both Dates have visited the family for the weekend, it’s then up to the children to decide which one they would like to send on a final date alone with their Mum or Dad. After much deliberation, the children write cards to each of the Dates to tell them whether they have been chosen or not.
The final date takes place the following weekend. The parent waits at the location for the arrival of his/her Date – they still have no idea who the children have picked.
After the date, the parent returns home to report back to the kids on how it went.
The programme ends with a brief update on what has happened to the parent and his Dates in the weeks following filming.... Read more.