Should Octomom Be Forced To Put Her Babies Up For Adoption?
The Fourth of July is a good time to throw back a couple of cold ones, put a few burgers and dogs on the BBQ, and relax with your family. But on this Fourth of July, the last thing Nadya Suleman—nicknamed Octomom—wants to do is be with her family, which consists of 14 kids.
It’s a sad story really. Just a few years back, Octomom was a D-list celebrity thanks to her brood. She had a reality TV show that followed her journey as she attempted to raise eight newborns in addition to the six kids she already had. And she was in the tabloids every week with a new photo of her tending to her flock. But now, in 2011, she’s in the rags for a much different reason: She’s grown to hate her children and the overwhelming burden they’ve brought into her life.
“I hate the babies,” she told In Touch Weekly recently. “My older six are animals. [They are] getting more and more out of control, because I have no time to properly discipline them. The only way I can cope is to lock myself in the bathroom and cry. Sometimes I sit there for hours and even eat my lunch sitting on the floor. Anything to get peace and quiet.”
And if you think that sounds bad, she even took it one step further when talking about her octuplets, saying that she “wishes she never had them” and admitting to contemplating suicide in recent months. It all begs the simple question: Should the Octomom’s babies be put up for adoption?
The truth is that she may not have a choice. Her only source of income right now is the welfare she collects from the state of California. Her house is in danger of being foreclosed. She has no money to pay for school or food for all 14 of her kids. And in some of the pictures accompanying the In Touch piece, her house appears to be super rundown, with one photo even showing one of her children eating drywall. In other words, it’s not a pretty sight—and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Child Services get involved at some point in the near future.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t hard to see that Octomom was headed down this road. She managed to turn her 15 minutes of fame into a quick windfall that lasted her and her kids awhile, but with no real career and very little help with the children, she’s had to struggle to make ends meet. She also doesn’t seem interested in turning down all of the extra publicity that comes along with being Octomom just yet. Recently, she filmed an episode of a new HDNet celebrity dating show called Celebridate that features three regular men trying to find true love with her—as if a single woman with 14 kids is the most desirable girl in the world.
But the bottom line here—and the biggest problem that we have with Octomom—isn’t that she’s trying to use her kids to keep her name out there. It’s that she clearly doesn’t love her children and has now gone as far as to say that she hates them. In that case, we say she needs to find good homes for these kids before it’s too late.
We also think that all other prospective mothers—and fathers, for that matter—need to take a good hard look at someone like Octomom before they bring multiple offspring into this world and think that they’re going to just breeze through life without any problems. Have a plan, people. And plan for that plan to fail so that you’ve got a Plan B in place when everything falls apart.
Kids can be the most precious things in the world. But they can also be daunting and cause a lot of stress on parents who aren’t ready for them. And right now, it sounds like no one knows that better than Octomom. Silly as her story may be, it just got real. And all we can do is hope that it somehow has a happy ending.