By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 at 11:14 am in Baby Borrowers.
The parents of NBC’s “Baby Borrowers” are fighting back. Even before the show aired last month, critics slammed the parents who allowed their children to be “raised” for three days by teen couples. Now, NBC has taken the rare step of creating a special forum for participants in a reality TV show. The forum is designed specifically so the parents can share their experience and respond to critics. (Click here to see the forum.)
The posts from parents are quite enlightening. Take this one from Danaka Wagner, parent of 3-year-old Isaiah, who will appear in tonight’s episode. Alicea and Cory — who as a couple bombed badly with their borrowed baby — minded Isaiah. And for her part, Wagner has no regrets about allowing her child to participate. She even wrote, “While watching from the outside I was able to appreciate some of the small moments in my child’s life that we usually rush right thru.”
Natalie Nichols, mother of baby Etta and toddler Benjamin, has answered her critics before on morning talk shows. Her post reveals even more about how she ended up a teen mom and why “Baby Borrowers” serves as an important message to other teens who think of following her lead. She writes, “Looking back now, as a happily re-married 31 year old mother of 4, I realize that I didn’t know a thing about love and I didn’t do a very good job, by my standards, of being anyone’s mom then. I wish that someone had been able to get through to me at that time in my life.”
Critics and fans of this show definitely should drop in on the forum. It’s quite intriguing.