Everyone's talking about the new NBC show The Baby Borrowers. We went straight to the mom who offered up her kids to teach a couple of teens a lifelong lesson.
Can you imagine leaving your children for three days with two teens barely old enough to vote? Well, that's what one mom did to make an impact on today's teen pregnancy epidemic. Momlogic talked to Natalie Nichols, the brave mom who handed her then 6-month-old and 2-year-old over to two teens for this summer's drama-filled reality show The Baby Borrowers.
Momlogic: When did you have your first baby?
Natalie Nichols: I had my first baby when I was just shy of 18 years old. My boyfriend and I made a pact to get pregnant at the time, and then we were married when I was 8 months pregnant. One of the hardest things about being a teen mom is dealing with relationship issues--you're just not mature enough to handle everything.
ML: What did you struggle with as a pregnant teen?
Natalie: Everyone looked at me so rudely, because it wasn't as accepted then. Now it's more celebrated in the press, and there are more pregnant teens.
ML: How many children do you have now?
Natalie:I have a 13-year-old, an 8-year-old, a 3-year -old, and a17-month-old.
ML: Which children did The Baby Borrowers use for their social experiment?
Natalie:They used Etta, who was 6 months, and Benjamin who was 2 at the time. The best thing about this was that Etta and Benjamin are so different, but from the same house. Etta was really clingy at the time, and Benjamin was going through his terrible twos. You just never know what you're going to get!
ML: Why did you allow the show to use your children?
Natalie:Well, because I have already made the mistakes in my life and we are all living with the consequences--me, the kids, my ex-husband. I wanted to make a difference and give these teens a chance to learn from my mistakes.
ML: What do you say to the people who criticize your choice to let your kids be part of the show?
Natalie: I've been beaten up in the online blogs, and I could care less. A lot of people are repulsed that I would allow my children to be used in a social experiment on TV, and I'm OK with that. I did this for teenagers to learn from the experiment, and that's my social responsibility. I don't care what anyone else has to say about it. I think this is why we have a huge teen pregnancy epidemic, because no one talks about it.
ML: Were you surprised by the teens' reactions to your kids?
Natalie: We were all very surprised. You automatically think that the girls will immediately have motherly instincts, and the boys will be turned off by fatherhood and be lazy about it, but it wasn't that way at all. The girl checked out mentally, and the boyfriend had to step up to the single parent role. The boys stepped up and grew up overnight while the girl took the backseat to parenthood. My kids stayed with them for three nights, and the boy became a father and the girl stayed a teen girl.
ML: Would you offer up your children again for an experiment like this?
Natalie: Yes, I would do this all again in a heartbeat, because kids evolve, and teens can learn about parenthood no matter how old a child is.
Who steps up to the plate, and who takes the backseat to parenthood? Find out tonight at 9/8c on NBC's Baby Borrowers.