Parenting experiment proves worthwhile

Posted Aug. 01, 2008, at 12 a.m.

Even after I told you I couldn’ t stand an hour of screaming, crying and whining on “The Baby Borrowers,” I became interested (not entertained) and have been following the show for the past few weeks.

At the end of last night’ s finale, in which each couple had moved up the age scale to take care of senior citizens, each gave a recap of what the experience had been like, followed by a short look at where they are now.

Surprise! All of the couples have broken up.

For those of you who missed it, “The Baby Borrowers” is a social experiment in which teen couples live in a home together and every few days the scenario would change from taking care of an infant, to a toddler, to a preteen, all the way up the age ladder until it was time to care for the elderly.

They discovered that life isn’ t all fun and games, that babies aren’ t cute all the time, and that it is hard work to raise a child. In the end, they said they appreciated their parents more, respected the challenges of a good relationship and none of them was ready to have children despite what several thought at the start of the show.

What a great way to prepare teens for what life is all about. I realize that we all have to learn from our mistakes, that everyone is different, and that some teens make excellent parents, but this would be a good example to show high school students in health classes everywhere about what it takes to make a relationship work.

I’ m not talking about preventing teen pregnancy or attempting to lower our country’ s divorce rate, but as a teenager you listen and learn more from your peers than from adults who you think don’ t know anything.

It doesn’ t happen very often, but I’ ll admit that I was wrong and this show should be on TV, maybe not as primetime reality TV, but as a social lesson for teens (and everyone else) about the challenges of building a good relationship. Thank goodness I have The Man on the Couch.

Speaking of The Man, he finally got his wish. Coffey Anderson finally was booted off “Nashville Star.”

But I don’ t think we’ re through with him yet. The self-described urban country singer told Reality TV World that he already has appeared in a few commercials and is thinking about acting.

Unfortunately for Coffey, I don’ t think we’ ll see him gracing the big screen anytime soon.

One more quick self-promoting reminder. Don’ t forget to stop by Fox’ s Eastern Maine Idol competition Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Bangor Mall. In case you missed last week’ s column, you can get all the details on the Reality Bytes blog at or by visiting

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