Many of you took umbrage with my criticism of 16 year old sailor Abby Sunderland's parents for allowing her to set off on this extremely dangerous expedition while she is only mentally capable of utilizing about 20% of her reasoning capabilities (aka a teenager)...
So I wonder what the consensus will be now. Now that we learn that Mommy Sunderland is pregnant with child number eight (move over Jon and Kate) and the family is broke. And, surprise, surprise...there is now a REALITY SHOW contract in the mix.
"Standing in the driveway outside his home, Sunderland explained the theme he envisioned for the show.
"We thought it might be a good idea if it was encouraging to kids to get out there and do things," he said. Sunderland said he didn't initially get many bites.
But Magnetic Entertainment of Studio City, Calif., is already promoting "Adventures in Sunderland" and "Abby's Journey," a documentary, on its Web site. The studio didn't reply to e-mails and calls for comment yesterday.
Sunderland insists Abby's trip wasn't just a stunt. The reality show was, he said, "the last thing on my mind..." (source)
Please tell me, with 10 mouths to feed and a large check looming in the distance...how do you ensure it's not clouding your judgment? How do you ensure you're not putting risk on your children's soldiers hoping they could provide when you couldn't...?
I didn't like these parents when I wrote the first post and I like them even less now. Sometimes it's the ability to SAY NO that makes you a good parent.