Staying in the US of A has exposed me to so called “reality” shows. It was my guilty pleasure for sometime, I used to watch some of these and heckle them mercilessly. I truly love one or two of these (Hello Top Chef! ). After I had the baby, the TV got cut down and I spend most of my time on kid related forums; I came across two so called reality shows while reading the threads. One about teenage moms and the other called toddlers and tiaras.
On what planet is it okay to provide publicity for teenage mothers? Especially those who became moms at 16 by choice? I’m going to be 29 years old (no, not squeamish about announcing my age to the world) and I’m terrified about being a parent. I think a 100 times before taking one decision and I’m paranoid half the time about doing the right thing by my child.
The night time feeding left us feeling and looking like monkeys on tequila shots the next morning. Do not even remind me of the first few days where we didn’t know when one day ended and the other began. Parenting is a learning process and one that needs some amount of maturity. Show me one 16 year old who is mature enough to handle a kid and I’ll eat my socks. These kids are actually given money to appear on TV. I’m speechless. Yes rage does that to me. These vacuous emptyheads are not even fit to take care of themselves, let alone another life.
The other show - toddlers and tiaras - I stumbled across this by pure accident. I saw the picture of a 4 year old girl dressed like she was about to go hawk herself. Pardon the language but that is the brutal truth. I was disgusted on who would let a kid dressed like that walk out of the house let alone be photographed. Then I learn the mothers actually encourage it. You could have knocked me over with a feather. As a child I remember only jumping around, eating what I wanted, sleeping, yelling and jumping off the couches. In short an extremely naughty but fulfilled childhood. How are these kids even children? Bill Watterson had the right idea when his Calvin said “Childhood is short and maturity is forever”.
I don’t know who to pity more, the moms or the kids.