I recently viewed an episode of "Here comes Honey Boo Boo."
This is a reality show that follows Alana, Honey Boo Boo, and her family; Mom, June, Dad, Sugar Bear and 3 sisters, 17 year old Anna "Chickadee", 15 year old Jessica "Chubbs" and 12 year old Lauryn "Pumpkin." Of course the show follows daily life in the Honey Boo Boo world. From just sitting around watching t.v. to all out adventures like going out for a family photo shoot in the Georgia woods. There are trips to the little beauty pageants that made Honey Boo Boo famous on TLC's reality show Toddlers and Tiara's.
There has been some talk around the blogosphere and talk shows and all of the talking heads seem to have some sort of level of disgust with this family.
I have heard things like "offensive", "outrageous" and "exploitative".
Now I don't know how any of my readers' family dynamic is set up other than my own of course but, I do know the the family unit in America is more like the Honey Boo Boo's of the world than the so called Nuclear family of the 50's and 60's Leave it to Beaver pipe dream. I mean in my family alone I am married to my second wife and we have two children of our own ages 6 and 5 but, when you add in my oldest son, 20, from my first marriage well then you can just throw out the so called Nuke Family term. In fact I can't think of anyone I know in my close circle who comes from or has the so called nuke family!
It goes without saying the The Honey Boo Boo clan doesn't do things the way most families would but, rest assured this family loves each other UNCONDITIONALLY! The oldest daughter recently had a baby of her own and I never once witnessed an ounce of disgust with this family! I mean in any form! Honey Boo Boo herself couldn't wait to meet and hold this little baby. It is one thing to judge a family unit for what you might not consider an ideal situation but, we are taught from a young age how to just love and accept each other for what and who we are than I think we'd all be a little better off.
Learning something from this family is not what I thought the result of me watching this show was going to be but, dam-nit if it isn't what happened! The Mother and father may not be an ideal couple in many people's eyes but, dad goes to work every day as a chalk miner June stays at home with the kids and the siblings help out where they can. I understand it isn't what some would call perfect but it is perfect for them. Besides whom are we to judge?!?! Look around at your own personal circles and I'll bet you might find one "Nuclear Family" but, the rest of them are anything but.
After all; isn't it just about loving one another? At least that's what I was taught!
To all of you out there with pre disposed thoughts of this family unit and any other family that you may not believe is the "Ideal" family, ask yourself this; do they love each other unconditionally? Do they judge you or each other? And most of all why does it matter to you what someone else's family does or how they live?
We should all be so lucky to have a family unit like this one and we should all strive to be as accepting and loving as this family is!
Never judge a family or anyone else for that matter, without looking at your own. None of us are perfect but, if love is the ingredient that makes us whole than it shouldn't matter one way or another.