From Juno to Jamie Lynn Spears to the seventeen high school girls who made a pregnancy pact, teen pregnancy is all over the headlines.
So, how do you feel about the new NBC show The Baby Borrowers, in which five teenage couples have to set up a home, get jobs, and become parents first to babies, then toddlers, pre-teens and their pets, teens and lastly, senior citizens.
Remember in high school when students had to carry an egg around for a week and try not to break it, as if the eggs were babies? Well The Baby Borrowers is the modern day version of that.
At first I thought the show was a terrible idea as it might advocate teen pregnancy, which is the last thing we need in our society. However, the first episode kept my eyes glued to the screen. If this show teaches kids how difficult parenthood is, then it will be a success.
The teens must care for each child for three days, dealing with everything from diaper duty to potty training to outrageous teens to health issues.
It's obvious from the get go that some of these teens should not be getting pregnant any time soon. One teen "mom" even refuses to wear a baby belly simulator because it made her feel fat and ugly. There are one or two couples who seem responsible, but viewers' opinions might change quickly as we see them try to parent.
While three days is nowhere near reality, and more like an overnight babysitting gig, for these teens it might just be enough to keep them from having babies.
The Baby Borrowers premieres on NBC tonight at 9 p.m.