Seventeen-year-old Chezdan Mills used to be, in his own words, 'every parent's worst nightmare'. He jokes about how, if every potential parent had to meet his younger self, they'd run a mile from having kids at all, 'and the human race would die out'.

17岁的Chezdan Mills,用他自己的话来说,曾是每个父母的噩梦。他现在开玩笑地说,如果有哪个快要做爸爸妈妈的人见到他从前的样子,会吓得这辈子都不想要孩子,“而且人类就会因此灭绝”。

Mercifully for his mum, there's a reason for Chezdan's use of the past tense. These days he may not exactly be a model son, but there has been a radical improvement in his behaviour.


He is now at college in his hometown, and is second to top in his class; he has high hopes of university. At home, his bedroom is neat, his love life is carried out discreetly, and his mum hasn't been in tears at his overt defiance for a long time. Earlier today, he even made her a cup of tea, which still appears to be a novelty for all involved.


What changed was that Chezdan, who always told anyone who would listen that he was a 'lost cause', signed up for a TV programme about parenting strategies.


In truth, he appeared on The World's Strictest Parents 'to get on the telly and have a giggle', but the programme makers - and his mum - seem to have had the last laugh. A year after the show was filmed, he is a very different young man.


"I'm a reformed character, and nobody is more surprised about that than me," he says.


The format of The World's Strictest Parents involves finding parents around the world with very rigid ideas of discipline and child-rearing, and sending the most wayward British teenagers they could find - a boy and a girl - to live with them.


Not every wayward kid involved in this show has had a positive outcome. Several stormed off halfway through filming, unable to even complete the programme, never mind change their lives. But many of them are back in the UK, supporting each other in their new 'respectful' existences.


'We talk online about what a nightmare other teenagers are, and how they really need to get a life and grow up,' laughs Chezdan, sounding like the father he never had.


In one of the most moving moments in the series, the two teenagers in Botswana were asked to write their versions of Martin Luther King's famous speech which starts, 'I have a dream'. Hannah Moorehead was asked what her dream was. She replied, 'I don't have one. I've never had one'.

在最感人的一些节目场面中,博茨瓦纳的两个孩子被要求写下对马丁路德金的“我有一个梦想”演讲的感想。Hannah Moorehead说:“我没有梦想。我从来都没有。”

'That's where it's changed,' says Chezdan. 'We all have dreams now.'