By Han Sang-hee
Cable channel Story on is bringing its new program "Super Mom" for the growing number of mothers balancing family and career.
Starring comedian Jo Hye-ryeon
, actress Lee Sang-ah
, musical star Choi Jeong-won-I
and English tutor Park Hyun-young
, the eight-episode "real variety" program is aiming to bring busy mothers and their children closer together.
"Education is one of the main priorities among mothers, and so we hope to offer advice and entertainment for those who are juggling two balls at once, their work and their children", Stephanie Lee, the executive director of Story on, told reporters at a press conference Monday in central Seoul.
During the short clip of the first episode, the four children of the hostesses expressed their feelings of having a busy mom.
"It's frustrating when people recognize my mother", complained Jo's eight-year-old son Woo-joo, while Choi's young daughter Su-ah, 11, said that her mother sometimes asked for too much, from piano and ballet lessons to other academic pursuits.
"When I grow up and become a mom, I would let my children do what they want to do, not what I want them to do!" she said during an episode.
After taking the Parenting Attitude Test, Jo, Lee, Choi and Park discovered that they could be categorized as certain mother types: the scary, emotionless, overachieving and the over expecting mom, respectively.
Throughout the program, the four hostesses will be given different missions, like learning how to dance, raising a pet pig and playing soccer, and the children will evaluate how well their moms put up with it.
"I was so surprised to hear my daughter say so many things about me. She's just 11 years old, and yet she had so much to say about everything!" Choi said.
Many children tend to have complaints about their parents, and the common problem with the children of the four hosts was that they did not get to spend as much time as they wanted with their parents.
The average time spent with their children was three hours and thirty minutes a week, and the four mothers said that it was indeed a shock to them as well.
"Sometimes, I just see my children a couple of hours a week. I'm in Japan filming a program for a several days, I come back to Korea and then shoot a show and finally come home at midnight", Jo, who also works in Japan, said.
"There was a time when I was asked to write my daughter's name in Chinese characters, and I couldn't fully write them, although I was the one who came up with her name in the first place. I was so embarrassed", Choi said.
So what did the "super moms" learn by the program with their kids?
For Jo, "Super Mom" became the opportunity for her to learn how to spend quality time with her son.
"I think my son enjoys shooting the show more than I do. I think he now understands my job and appreciates me being busy. I was always sorry whenever I arrived home late at night, but now, I'm trying to help him realize that he is actually more important than work and that his mom loves him", she said.
"Many mothers, including myself, think the amount of time is everything. But it's the quality of the time that is important. We may be given a limited amount of time, but we need to make the best of it and we will help other moms learn this from our program", Park said.
Story on's "Super Mom" will start airing Thursday at midnight.
From left, English tutor Park Hyun-young
, comedian Jo Hye-ryeon
and musical star Choi Jung-won-I
pose for the cameras at the press conference of their new show "Super Mom" in central Seoul. The show about working mothers will air Thursday at midnight on cable channel Story on. / Yonhap