Usually I don't even bother to post about this show and only watch it on ocassion but last night really irked me. First off, both families were so incredibly inconsiderate and disrespectful concerning each other's beliefs or non-beliefs.
It was extremely rude for the father to throw the Bible down on the floor. He prides himself on being open-minded yet is not allowing his children the chance to decide for themselves through his displays. On the otherhand I don't think the mother should have focused mainly on "saving" the family. Introducing church as a way to see what her life is like is fine, but pushing religion onto them is not. I find that casually discussing ones beliefs and lifestyle is far more effective then shoveling it on them. I do agree with Big Momma's assesment that mom needed to cut down on work and have more quality time rather than just plain time with the children and also make a sacrifice to buy their child something he would like rather than what they always want. I don't feel the children were deprived like the new mom kind of made it appear.
For the atheist mom to take away all Christian items in the house and prayer was too much. I don't think taking away something important is necessary or effective in the point one is trying to make. I do agree that making the "men" of the house do all the chores while the "woman" got to do whatever was an excellent way for them to see the error of their ways. And I do applaud the new mom for allowing the oldest daughter to spend time with her friends without the constant supervision of her parents. After all the girl is 17 and is nearing her end of highschool, did they expect her to be married right after or stay locked up in the house until then? Allowing some trust, as long as it's earned, is doing the right thing. I also thought the 17 year old kind of talked in a babyish tone and I can see why.
I hope that both families truly gained from the experience as far as what they can do to better their family but more so I hope that they learned the lesson of being respectful towards others.