So the British experiment is now an American TV show. The basic gist of it is that there are 5 couple of teenagers who think that they are ready to get married and have kids. Okay fine, the show gives them children to take care of. For 3 days they have infants, 3 days toddlers, 3 days young children, 3 days teens and for 3 days the elderly. Sounds interesting. But I have to wonder if this will teach the kids that they are not ready to be parents or will it reinforce a bad decision.

So, the couples are driven up to some houses that they would never be able to afford in cars that they wouldn’t be able to afford. They also get a ton of baby stuff to put together and they take a baby prep course. Oh yeah, they are so not ready for this. After a 2-3 day honeymoon period the real work starts. The babies arrive.

Now the parents can watch everything that is going on at the houses and they can intervene at any time. Each house also has a professional nanny who will not intervene unless the child is in immediate harm.

What I have been noticing so far int he premiere is that the girls have been pretty whiny and full of themselves. Kelly has a complete meltdown over the pregnancy belly and Alicia can’t take criticism. The first mother to intervene was the mother of the baby that Alicia had and rather than learn from the mom who, I don’t know, knows what her baby needs, Alicia tried to justify everything that she was doing wrong. I can’t stand when people do that.

Overall I guess it was an interesting show. I missed the second ep and it is not on Hulu yet so I don’t know what happens next.

I have no idea how, as a parent, I could let a teen couple take care of Eva. I’d be over there all the time because they wouldn’t be doing things right. I guess that is the idea, they have to learn. I liked Miley’s Dad, he was really good with her and the kids that are taking care of her, the boy at least, started to get it.

I’m annoyed that this show has sucked me in. I hate reality shows.

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No Responses to “The Baby Borrowers: Ep 1”

  1. Christine says:

    I’m not sure what to make of this show. On the one hand, if it teaches these kids about how much work it is to take care of a baby, and it discourages them from having one until they are more mature and prepared for it, that’s good.

    But, as you point out, they are living in homes and driving cars that they wouldn’t be able to afford IRL. And what about all of the baby stuff they were just “given”? These kids are not being taught about the financial responsibility that having a child involves. And that kind of worries me.

    Christine’s last blog post..Wednesday Wstuph?

  2. BenSpark says:

    Christine,
    Well, I just watched the next two episodes and it is even more interesting. However, I don’t you can actually simulate the exact real situation. There were quite a few meltdowns of the couples but overall I think they are learning their limitations a bit.

  3. Tim Appleton says:

    That was my first thought. Who in their right mind would let complete strangers take care of your kids? I would prep my 10 year old and say have at it. Here’s the chance to do all things I have taught you not to do. and see what happens.

    Tim Appleton’s last blog post..Alone for the weekend again….sort of.

  4. BenSpark says:

    Tim,
    I think that some of the pre-teens may end up doing that, but the teens, the teens are going to sterilize the baby borrowers for sure.

  5. Chica says:

    i love the show too! Only today I found out that it was local. I just think that is so cool. :D

  6. BenSpark says:

    Chica,
    The show is local, that is pretty neat. I got sucked into last night’s episodes as well.

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