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Big Brother 7: All Stars – What It’s Really Like to be the Mother of an All Star


Janelle Pierzina’s mother forwarded me the following that she had written, from a parent’s perspective. We only stop to think of what the parents’ perspective is occasionally, and usually it’s when the Reality TV child is doing something embarrassing. Reading this, though, I felt it portrayed an accurate picture of what they must go through, and spoke of things that fans never think of. Especially as a parent to someone on Big Brother, as these people become almost family to us, if not our friends, for two months every summer. By the time we watch them sleep, eat, bathe, share romance, etc., we feel as if we know them. It must be quite different when you don’t just feel you know them, but really do, and from a more intimate point-of-view, such as from a parent.

Truly, I can only speak for myself. But I can only imagine what the other parents went through also. Many of the same things. I will start by addressing CBS; I believe we should have had the contact numbers or emails of the other parents from the get go, or at least a private chat room for venting and support. Here goes…

As an All-Star Mom, we’re pro’s at this now right? This is our 2nd time around. Yikes!! For four of us, it’s pretty fresh.

Let’s go back to round one. When I was first told by my kid, that she was going to be on a reality show, I asked; “What’s that?” All she said was; “Oh Mom, just watch it on July 6. You’ll see me there!” When she entered the BB house last season, it was my very first episode of Big Brother. Let’s set the record straight. This is not a reality show. This is an “UN-reality show!”

And Oh Boy, Did I ever see her there! And in 15 million other places on the internet.
For the first 2 weeks I was totally stressed out! It dawned on me that 2 million people were watching every move my kid makes, and picking her apart like a rag doll. I was shocked into “reality” when I browsed all the BB sites! I wasn’t warned about this!

I did not want to see my child slandered, made fun of, or hurt in any way. Being a spiritually deep woman, I gave her to God. It dawned on me real quick, she would need His love & protection in this crazy & hostile environment. I also started asking others to lift her in prayer. I started seeing a change. It was a good change.

When it was announced once again, she would be going back on the show, it was like “Oh boy, here we go again..” Get ready for the emotional roller coaster.

Watching the feeds:
(And I‘d be surprised if there was a parent who did NOT subscribe for the live feeds.)
Lou Gordon hit the nail on the head last year when he said; “It was like getting my kid back for the summer!” He was right. For me it went a bit further…it was like really getting to know my kid as an adult for the first time. You raise these children to the best of your abilities; they go off into the big bad world. You really have no idea how they truly turned out. All you can do is hope for the best.

The feeds were a bit addicting (to say the least.) It was very comforting to watch your child sleep. It was funny to see many of the same habits & characteristics they had as children surface in the house. It is very endearing to hear them talk about you, and realize you mean more to them, then you could ever of hoped for or imagine.

“Seeds planted, and tended with care, build strong roots and bear beautiful fruit.”

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