Real Housewives and 4 More Shows I Never Want My Daughter to Star In

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Did you ever watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey and think, Oh Gawd (remember, it's Jersey), their mothers must be so embarrassed?

I think we all raise our daughters with the thought that we want them to grow up to be anyone and anything they want.

But when your tween daughter spots Miley Cyrus doing her pole dance and says, "Mom, she's soooo beautiful, I wish I could be her," you wonder where exactly you went wrong. And if you're overly dramatic (guilty), you experience a FlashForward type moment that's heavy on the raunch and your own red face. 

I love my daughter so much that I never want to see her on any of these TV shows:

1. Real Housewives ... of anywhere. Let's just get it out there. These women are CRAZY! From Teresa's impulse control issues to the train wreck that is Danielle, I don't think I could afford the therapy bills -- for either of us.

2. 16 and Pregnant. I have applauded MTV for putting real faces and real consequences on the problem of teen pregnancy. That doesn't mean I want my kid to be America's what not to do story. Let's double wrap that sucker.

3. The Biggest Loser and/or Losing It With Jillian. No knock on people trying to turn their lives around, but if my kid has that kind of problem with her weight, you know where they're looking: at the parents who created an unhealthy attitude toward food.

4. The Bachelor. Gee, nothing sounds more enticing than watching my daughter ditching her self respect to cat fight it out for a man's affections. And now for the coming attractions: a gander on AshleyMadison.com?

5. The Bachelorette. If fighting with other women for a guy isn't bad enough, she can turn around and give her heart to the one guy in 25 who doesn't make a complete ass of himself. Those are some high standards for a sperm donor son-in-law.

Do you cringe when your daughter watches reality TV?


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LoriA... LoriAnn87

thankfully I don't have a girl right now I have a boy but I don't even watch these maybe for 16 and pregnant but all of the others show I can't stand because NJ housewife are bitches and not everyone in NJ acts or dress like that but also doens't have a sliver spoon coming out of there mouth,  biggest loser and losing with jilluan she is nuts and liek you said it's good they want to lose weight but do in your home not where everyone can see and as for the bachelor and bachelorette money can make you do anything and i guess they rather go on tv looking for love then doing it the old fashion way.

nonmember avatar Beret

My daughter doesn't watch reality tv. I've never even seen an episode of The Real Housewives of Anywhere, 16 and Pregnant, or the Bachelor/Bachelorette. I have watched The Biggest Loser though. I try really, really hard to promote a healthy relationship with food. We never use the "F" word at home (fat). We eat right and exercise only to be *healthy*. I never complain about my weight or body shape at home either. If the kids take seconds and decide they only want one more bite, they can throw the rest away.


It's SCARY what is out there these days as far as role models go. The Hills? Paris Hilton? Teenage girls dressing like complete trash? Yikes. The reality shows we watch are The Amazing Race, Survivor, etc. Even then the kids don't really watch with us. For the record, my 9 year old thinks Miley's look is "gross".

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I agree with Julie, don't want to see them on Celeb Rehab along with your list.

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