05-16-2007, 09:54 AM #1
New Americas most improved dad - Reality show.
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The show focuses on the lives of
five diverse men living together for six weeks
while competing against each other in a variety
of competitions to have their child support
balance paid (up to $25,000) and a contest
prize of $25,000. In their own words they will
uncover as we discover some of the reasons they
fell behind in the support of their child. Our
Counselors will give assistance to each man in
hopes to improve parenting skills and
relationships with child and childís mother.
The men will earn money by working various
jobs and through weekly competition. Money
earned will go towards outstanding child
support balance. If there is no outstanding
balance the money will go as credit for future
child support payments.
The contest begins with a series of
contestant interviews and the issuing of five
life-like infant dolls. The dolls has a
computer chip and a hidden mechanism that makes
the dolls wiggles, cries and keeps data to help
judges determine if itís being properly cared
for. During the six weeks, the men will fill
the role of custodial parents. This will allow
men to share the experiences of most single
As of yesterday, 543 contestents have applied.
I'm not sure what to think of this. I think the counseling and such is a good idea, but wouldn't it be a better idea to do that for both parents? -or- is there some kind of screening process to ensure the 5 contestents chosen have a mother who is willing to cooperate with them?
Is it somewhat condescending to men? That crossed my mind. But I guess participants would be doing so of there free will, so maybe not. Plus, not all single dads are attempting a relationship with a newborn. Why limit it to just newborns? Think of all the never married absent fathers, children and mothers who could benefit at an older age.
Then there is the issue of cse ( child support enforcement ) including the winnings as income. Which it should not.... Wonder if the show got that straightened out.
Do you think the show will fly? Will it get the ratings it needs to stay on the air? I didn't read/see it was picked up by any station.
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05-16-2007, 10:01 AM #2Former Member
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the idea that a dead beat dad can become famous bugs me. the fact that the kids will get money they need is great. the improved parenting skills may offer a long term benefit for these kids. i don't think i would watch but i am not a big reality TV fan.