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June 27, 2008

Borrow my Baby…Please

Has anyone out there heard of the newest reality tv show? It’s called Baby Borrowers. It takes real teenage couples and has them live together and attempt to care for an infant one week, a toddler the next, then an adolescent, a teen, and then an elderly person.

Here are a few questions I have for the producers of this show:

1. Who are these parents who are going to allow their babies to live with teens for a week? Have these parents ever been around teens? Don’t get me wrong, I think teenagers are great…as kids…as people. But as “play parents” to a helpless little infant? Hell no.

2. How did you choose the old person? Did you go to a nursing home and look for the most crotchety guy in the room? Did he want to go live with teens or did his family send him? Do they have to change his diapers?

3. Do they need two more kids? I happen to know a couple who are available – I could use a week off.

I haven’t made up my mind about this yet – part of me wonders why these teens are interested in doing this at all. Why aren’t they enjoying their friends? Visiting colleges? Lifeguarding at the pool? What teen couple is so serious that they wonder, “Hmmm… could we raise a family together?”

Then I am reminded that I was married before my 21st birthday. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why I want to grab these teens and tell them to run for the hills. No reality show could do the whole marriage and kids thing justice. Don’t get me wrong. I love my life and I don’t regret a single choice I made – it just wasn’t the easiest thing ever. Then again, easy isn’t always better.

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