There has been speculation that Falcon Heene, who shall forever be remembered as “Balloon Boy”, may have been put up to pretending he was in the experimental aircraft by his parents for media attention. His father, a meteorologist/inventor became very flustered when the boy was being interviewed by reporters and his father asked him why he didn’t respond, he responded “You guys said we did this for the show.” His older brother insisted that he saw Falcon climb into the contraption, but a neighbor also stated that he saw the entire family out working on the aircraft shortly before it was released. This is example # 1.
She is single, has no job, and already has six children. Yet she is seeking out a doctor for fertility treatments so she can have EVEN MORE KIDS. Then, after all is said and done, she pimps her kids out to TV execs to pay her bills. A court appointed monitor had to be sent to make sure the kids were being treated fairly and within the confines of child labor laws. This is example # 2.
Now they didn’t start off crazy, but I think the fame went to their heads. Her children are constantly crying, their father is in and out of the picture, and his face has been seen with more women than most rock stars I know. This is example # 3.
I could list dozens of other examples of why I think future parents need psych evals, but I won’t. I’m not saying that people are incapable of parenting. I’m just saying that certain people need to realize they are not fit for being parents. Shows Like 16 & Pregnant, 18 (now 19) and counting, and the media portrayal of people like Nadya Suleman and Falcon Keene just go to show that certain individuals should not be parents. Furthermore, we should NOT be supporting (watching, buying merchandise, etc) the people who insist upon parading the people who use their children as props to boost their hollywood dreams. Call me idealist, but where did the sanctity of the family go? I’m not saying that everyone should be in a “traditional” family (mom, dad, 2.5 kids, and Fido), but the family should be sacred above all else. It’s where kids should feel protected and safe. To parade these kids around like the latest fashion trend is sick and disgusting to me. It’s as though we’ve moved beyond traditional forms of abusing our children and are finding more socially accepted ways of harming them emotionally. Just because you can’t see the scars you are leaving, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.