Thursday, April 26, 2012

I'm Not Defending Octomom--or Am I?

I was listening to the news in the background yesterday when I heard that someone had called the authorities on "Octomom" Nadya Suleman because her kids were seen going potty in the back yard.

Now, I'm all for calling CPS on Octomom (more on that in a minute), but let's think this through. The octuplets are three years old. The photos clearly show the kids sitting on potty chairs. Are we not allowed to toilet-train our kids in the backyard anymore? I always have at least one boy running around the yard with his doodle hanging out as soon as it gets warm. Is somebody gonna call the cops now? We also need to cut her some slack for having to potty train eight kids at once. I would have run away from home.

A quote from TMZ actually made me laugh out loud: "And there's more ... a pic shows some of the kids in the backyard, barefoot, dirty and wearing no pants."

This could totally be my house!

Octomom's hairdresser, who provided the information to the authorities, reports there is only one working toilet in the home. In all seriousness, this could pose a problem for a family of 15 if it is indeed true. But further allegations of drawings on the walls and "forcing" some of the kids to sleep on mattresses on the floor are laughable (at least to me). Does this hairdresser have any kids of her own?

(Update: I take it back about the "drawings on the walls." I have a few drawings on the walls, but nothing like this.)

Switching gears somewhat, Octomom called into the Howard Stern show last week and prattled on and on about noting (or everything, depending on your point of view) like my four-year-old, seemingly unaware that Howard was talking to her. I can't find a decent clip of the bulk of the interview, but you can call her for $14 a minute and see for yourself. I'm not qualified to make any judgments about her demeanor on the phone, so let's just say she seemed quite peppy. I mean, really peppy.

I guess we'll see how this plays out in the next few days. It'll probably amount to nothing, but I, for one, would be all for getting another Octomom interview out of this incident. I love me a good train wreck.

(Update: she has talked to ABC News. Get a load of those eyebrows! She's starting to look like Bert.)

There's more in the news I want to address. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. If kids peeing in the backyard is grounds for calling the authorities on someone, it's a miracle I'm not in jail! As a mom of 4 boys, I've found the best way to potty train is to wait until summer time & let them run around bottomless for 2 months. I never thought I'd agree with Octomom on anything, but she's not wrong here. God forbid our children aren't shiny clean & wearing a 3 piece suit at all times! Doesn't anyone remeber that "playing ' used to include making mud pies & jumping in puddles? Also, not everyone can afford a home with 3 bathrooms. As long as she has indoor plumbing, who cares how many toilets there are? Our society needs to butt out of families' private home lives.