Anyone watching The Baby Borrowers?? I'm not one to typically blog about tv shows, but I find this one... umm... interesting? (background they took 5 teenage couples... gave them a house, a job, and then they "borrow" children to see how hard it is to parent. They get an infant, toddler, pre-teen, teenager and an eldery person... each for 3 days)
As a mother I find it hard to believe that these families were willing to let teenagers watch their child for 3 days, yes the parents are right there monitoring the whole thing, and yes there is a nanny in the house (only for the just in case moments), but still. On one hand I think it is a great thing to show teenagers how HARD it is to be a parent. There isn't a whole lot glamorous about waking up at 3am to feed and change a baby. Baby's aren't all fun and games, laughs and giggles... babies/toddlers/ kids are hard work.
Yes, I think the show is beneficial if teenagers watch it and see that these teens are struggling. But, we are allowing the teenagers to "play house". Doesn't anyone have an issue with the fact that the show gave them a house (even if they have to "pay rent"), and are allowing them to sleep together on the show? Doesn't anyone have an issue with them being responsible for the health and safety of another families child? Or the fact that the teens refer to it as an experiment... yes I know it technically is an experiment, but if it is seen that way, then they may not look at the outcome as real.
Anyway.... I will tune in on Wed (actually it's being taped on my DVR who knows when I'll get around to watching it) and see how they manage with toddlers.