When I saw a commercial for the latest reality TV show, Baby Borrowers, I was annoyed.
As the social experiment begins, the five young volunteer couples are asked to literally grow up overnight when they are each given a home in a quiet cul-de-sac outside Boise, Idaho and attend pre-natal classes as each “mother” wears a simulated “empathy” belly to prepare them for the arrival of their “baby.”
When a real baby (all aged six-11 months old) appears at their door — courtesy of five pairs of real volunteer parents (some of whom were teen parents themselves) who entrust their infants to one of the couples — the nervous, fumbling teens are in for three long, arduous days that make chilling out a distant memory. They must stick to rigid routines, handle the feeding chores, diaper duty and crying jags that might be shared by baby and teens — all the while under 24-hour supervision by nannies and the real parents who are stationed next door, watching via monitor, and able to step in at any time. Plus, one teen from each of the couples must start a job, ranging from working in a local vet’s office to a lumberyard, leaving the other alone as caregiver for the day.
After three surprising, intense days, each teen couple will bid bye-bye to the baby and receive a toddler as their fast-forward adult life progresses. NBC
After reading what this show is about, I have mixed feelings. On one hand I think it is great to show how much work having a child is, but would you volunteer your child? On the other hand, I feel it is not reality…they are setting the teens up for failure (maybe that is their goal?) As a teacher, I understand that it takes more than 3 days to get to know a child (their behaviors, routines, their likes/dislikes, what sets them off, etc), then they get a new child in a completely different age level. Just bizarre.
Will you tune in? Jury is still out in my house…