The end of the world as we know it?

Or more of the same? Only I haven’t been paying attention–in fact, this brief item in a recent NYT was the first I’d heard of a program called “Baby Borrowers.” To wit:

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry said that NBC should end “The Baby Borrowers,” a reality television show that separates babies and toddlers from their parents and places them temporarily with teenage strangers. “A child’s sense of security should not be gambled with,” said Robert Hendren, the president of the academy. NBC has said that the “Baby Borrowers” is a social experiment that can educate teenagers on the responsibilities of parenting. The parents are able to monitor their children through video cameras.

Oh, then I guess that’s okay…

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Charles Cosimano

posted July 15, 2008 at 11:56 am

I can see the producers of the show having a meeting, laughing their heads off and saying, “They say that as if they think we would somehow care.”

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posted July 15, 2008 at 9:32 pm

No, it is not OK. We have enough children without parents without creating more for our own entertainment.

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posted July 18, 2008 at 11:43 am

I have watched all three episodes thus far of this show with my daughter~a social worker with adolescents. First off; the show is titled wrong. The babies were only a part of the experiment, there are professional nannies right in the house and the parents are next door. Each age group is with the couples for about 2 1/2 days. The premise is all ages of life that a married couple would encounter in a family. Babies, toddlers, preteens, teens, anf finally seniors. So maybe a different title would take some of the stigma away.
I think~in my humble opinion that it is a very interesting and valuable social expereince that will teach parents and teens alike about family, parenting, and marriage-relationships. It is very provacative but also very valuable and if I had a teenage child, I would definatly watch it with them and discuss the show as a learning expereince.

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John F. Higgins

posted July 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm

An adult human(Male or Female) is a very fragile and dependent being. In it’s maturation process he or she must be surrounded by the assurance(stability)of ‘LOVE’ that exist in family life.

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