Mom to Mom
Reality Shows for Parents
Could you survive this?
-Kristen J. Gough
Think you’ve seen ’em all? Check out this list of made-up reality shows that’ll have even the best of moms cringing!
Contestants are taken to an exotic location – a gourmet supermarket – and given a list of items to retrieve. Contestants take their entire tribe, three children under the age of eight, through every aisle. Challenges include going by the candy section without getting any sweets; fitting four bulk items, groceries and children in the cart; and maneuvering through the checkout lane without hitting anyone.
Moment of Guilt
Contestants/parents quizzed by their mothers-in-law about parenting techniques. Contestants and their children spend an entire week at their mothers-in-laws’ homes. At the end of the week, contestants are critiqued in a variety of areas – weaning babies, disciplining toddlers and cooking.
The Amazing Pace
Contestants endure a grueling cross-country road race – with two children under the age of four. Roadblocks require contestants to find their way through an unfamiliar airport after a six-hour flight with their children (one hour spent sitting on the runway). Detours include difficult tasks such as changing diapers while in the car, in the airplane, and in a dirty gas-station restroom.
Contestants introduce their new babies to their preschool-aged older brothers. Challenges include new brother showered with gifts while the older brother gets none, nursing new brother when the older brother wants lunch, and entertaining visiting relatives while getting no sleep and potty-training the older brother.
Celebrity Dooty Camp
Celebrities are given children at various ages – two months, 12 months, and three years – and asked to change their full diapers. Contestants are given three wipes and an undersized diaper for each change. Theme episodes include prunes, carrots, peas, crayons and Play-doh.
Kristen J. Gough is a freelance writer who frequently covers family issues – that is, when she’s not chasing around her own kids.