ABC News’ Jovanna Billington reports:
Having kids is generally seen as a good thing. Grandparents crave it; parents find it meaningful; our genes’ evolutionary mandate requires it.
But can there be too much of a good thing? Is eight “enough” — or way more than enough?
In 2009, Nadya Suleman gained fame and the moniker, ”Octomom,” when she had octuplets. She was criticized when it emerged she already had six small children and was an unemployed single mom on public assistance. She denied she was on assistance until April 2012, when she confirmed she received $2,000 a month from the state of California.
“How Would You Do It?” contest finalist Trena Shines, from Palo Alto, Calif., submitted a scenario idea based on her experience as the mother of eight. Shines has simply always wanted a big family. Her children, all biological, range in age from 21 months to 21 years. She said people have said rude things to her when she and her big brood have been out together.
We took our hidden cameras to Stacks Pancake House, in Paramus, N.J., to film a scenario in which a waitress insults a mother of eight, accusing her of irresponsibly relying on tax dollars. Shines stood behind the scenes. Would anyone stand up to our waitress in defense of the mother?
Find out by watching the whole scenario on “What Would You Do?” Friday at 9 p.m. and tell us how you feel by voting below.