I agree - if they do not follow the rules to the T (exceptions made for something against religious or moral grounds, and I mean those strictly, not "it's against our morals to let our kids have candy" - come on...), then they do NOT get a PENNY from the show.
How hard would that be to put into the contracts?? Then there's no way the family could sue for the money and win, if they did not do anything the guest mom said. Cos they'd have the proof of contract breakage ON TAPE. It's only for a week and they get $20,000 - I mean, come on already. It's annoying.
There's been a couple guest dads who just seemed cray-zee though. I thought Tattoo Dad had a bad temper. Cowpuke dad seemed certifiable. And I still hope CFS checks out that child labor situation. I can even buy a 12 yr old doing heavy chores, but a toddler?!