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Bad Idea of the Week: "The Baby Borrowers"

Bad Idea of the Week: "The Baby Borrowers"

Some ideas are so jaw-droppingly bad, they make fun of themselves, and this new reality show from NBC is one of them. Called "The Baby Borrowers" and based on a BBC series of the same name, the premise involves five teenage couples being made to take care of babies, toddlers, pre-teens, and aging grandparents over the course of a month. I can't possibly be funnier than NBC's own press release, so here are excerpts:

As the five young participating couples are asked to literally grow up overnight, their journey begins when they are given a quiet suburban home and attend pre-natal classes as the "mother" wears a simulated "empathy" belly to prepare them for the arrival of their "baby."

When a real one appears at their door — courtesy of five real mothers who each entrusts her infant to one of the five couples — the fumbling new teen parents are in for three long, arduous days that make chilling out a distant memory. They must stick to rigid routines (under supervision), handle the feeding chores, diaper duty and crying jags that might be shared by both baby and teens.

Five real mothers are going to give their babies to some teenage fools surrounded by video cameras for three days? That sounds like a surefire way to irrevocably screw up your child. Could you imagine showing your son or daughter that video later? "Look, honey! That's when your fake mommy put Sprite in your bottle!"

There's a lot more, so

Back to the press release:

After the first three days, the late-teen couples will bid bye-bye to the baby and will receive a toddler as their fast-forward adult life progresses. As a result, they will have to cope with the "Terrible Twos," pouty tantrums and other messes for three more days. One of the couples will have to care for two siblings while another will have to handle three — and all of the twosomes will be given family pets to add to their responsibilities.

Do you think the pets will be goldfish or, like, a pony? It looks like the BBC kids got stuck with a goat and a ferret.

And finally:

After the three days, the weary couples must now face the reality of parenting a sassy pre-teen — or "tweener" — thereby perhaps providing them with a mirror image of their own recent relationship with their own parents. To complete the cycle of life, the couples are graced with the opportunity to care for an elderly grandparent, who will represent what might be in store for them in the distant future.

Aside from all the legal and ethical issues here, apparently the moral is that life sucks. "Hey, kids! First you get fat and pregnant, then you deal with children who spit up and poop on everything and sass back to you. Isn't growing up great?" Yeesh.


downwardblog downwardblog 9 years
I am looking forward to The Baby Borrowers. I hope it helps to educate!
JR80 JR80 9 years
My friend did production on this show and got me turned onto it. I checked it out and it looks pretty funny. You have these bratty teens who are just horrible at taking care of kids, at the same time you actually have some people who are trying to learns some parenting skills. And oh Daisy, how did you get hooked up with the cush life.
Mikelle Mikelle 10 years
Correction five STUPID mothers, what real mother would give their child to a teenager wanting to play house, give your head a shake
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
typo- I had a neighbor :)
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I'm making another comment. Those three ladies are too big even for pregnant woman.
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Because you don't work doesn't mean your lucky. I'd a neighbor whose children where at school age, but she wouldn't work because she was too addicted to the computer& tranquilizers. Her husband lost all respect for her for not trying to help him out. All she did was ruined her marriage, and lost her Husband and Kids. She had too many animals living in their home and didn't bother to even clean up after them. (I don't blame him for leaving her) He tried to get her help, but she refused. She even put her animals before her children. So sad. I've three Kids and one dog, (outside) and a Wonderful Husband. I just recently quit my job to stay home and raise my Kids, and teach them all about responsibilities that one day they will have. I agree most ladies who don't work don't care for their Family, or have poor education with no means of getting a good job. I've a 9 month old baby girl, who needs me with her teaching her things. I also have a son who is 7 and a daughter who is 8. They've never stayed with anyone but my Mother and my Mother-in-law. I've several close friends whose Kids are close to my older two Kids age, and I let them stay over at night with us. But these friends are like my sisters :) They feel the same way I do about babysitters. _______________________________________________________ A Good Mother Never Neglects Or Puts Anything Before Their Children! I thank God Each Day For My Normal And Healthy Children. My Husband respects Me for taking excellent care of Our Children. I've the Highest respect for him than most wives :)
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
oops their grandmother. I'm so tired I didn't catch it until I sent it. ______________________________________ My Husband And Children Are My Life
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I've been very blessed. I don't have to work if I choose not to. My children are 7 and 8 :) & they love to stay with your grandmother. I get off at 4 everyday, and they don't have to stay with my mother but 1 hour a day. In my opinion if your children aren't babies, why sit at home and depend on your husband for everything. The ladies I know have a great education and have high paying jobs. My husband and I both have our Masters Degree in great fields (as I stated on another blog here at Pop) In the summer when my children are out of school, I have the option not to work and be with them. So it works out where I can work, and be at home with my children. This way you've plenty of money to buy your children what they need or want. And be a stay at home mom too. This works great for both of us. _____________________________________________ "My Family Has Been Very blessed!"
Cairo Cairo 10 years
_I am so Lucky that I never had to work when my Kids were Babies! My Kids are now 8 & 10 & I'll be a Stay at home Mom till they are in High School!___________________________________________________________ "Yes! I Am Every Canadian!"
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
laluna, i am with you on this one. My kids are my life, and nobody keeps them while i work. Just my mom.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
:oy: that was 'wasn't funny' in the first comment.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
Oh, and I forgot to add that the majority of couples were very responsible and caring with the children (elderly and pets). One boy especially did amazingly well, even with his immature girlfriend.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
It was a 'funny' show over here, it was more to do with Educating teens, for the teen life season on BBC Three(all programs of which were interesting). The children had a nanny permanently in 'the wings' waiting to step in if something went wrong and the parents were in the room next door. If any good came out of it, there are probably 6 less uneducated, teenage couples with an unwanted baby.
laluna laluna 10 years
If i had a baby i'd worry about it all day if i left it at child care or with someone i trust, i couldn't see myself handing it over to teens. ~...she's poison in the well, razors in the apple core...~
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
From the comments on the BBC page, it looks as though the show has been received favorably by some. Confirms that the Brits do have a strange sense of humor, for sure. What a bad idea for a show!
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
I would never, EVER trust my baby to some teens that a show wanted to "grow up" overnight. The whole hook for watching has to be how horribly they handle everything- what a nightmare!
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