Child Bride Reality Show Is the Last Thing Parents Need

Courtney StoddenI've never been one for net nannies and locking down my TV, but teen bride Courtney Stodden and her creepy 51-year-old husband Doug Hutchison are bringing out the helicopter in a lot of us. So grab your remotes, ladies and gents. Because the story of how one child was allowed to do whatever in frig she wanted by her overly-permissive parents is about to be beamed into your living rooms via reality TV. And you thought Teen Mom had questionable content?

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It's been accused of glamorizing teen pregnancy, but at least the MTV show that follows girls who fell pregnant way too young makes a point to show their struggles. Proactive, involved parents can use it as a gateway to talk to their teens about sex.

But if you can put a positive spin on the life of a 16-year-old girl allowed to marry her decades older beau, you, dear reader, are a silver-tongued genius. We've all met the kid who whines that she's sooooo in love at 14, 15. Can't you just picture them pulling up this reality show and whining, "Look, HER mom let her get married because HER mom gets it! You're the worst mom EVER. I hate you!"

Oy gevalt.

I get it. I married young. Not illegal young -- I didn't need my parents' permission to tie the knot (although, let me tell you, having my dad walk me down the aisle was a big part of my happiness that day) -- but young enough that I can sympathize with the teenagers out there who say, "But I know what I want, and I'm a lot more mature than my friends." I was too. By the time I was Stodden's age -- she's now 17 -- I was already engaged and in college in a major metropolitan city, without my parents.

But my parents weren't about to let my dumb butt get married at 16. They wanted me to become a stable -- albeit imperfect -- adult. They made me grow up first. And thank God they did. I can tell my kid that I made my own decisions.

And I won't have to sound like a hypocrite when I tell my kid to put herself FIRST, before love and all that mushy stuff.

Courtney Stodden ... not so much. Her parents have indulged in her childlike fantasies that everything is unicorns and rainbows. And I suspect that's what a reality show of her life with her creepy husband (I'm sorry, can you think of a better word for a 51-year-old man who hooks up with a 16-year-old?) will show our kids. Not real marriage. Fantasyland. And I have an awful feeling puppy-love-struck teen girls will just eat that up.

Will you be letting your teens watch this one or "accidentally" deleting it from the DVR?

 

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