In Da Club

Rosie is Number 1!

The Privilege of Parenting

Ouiji Board Nights

I'm a Believer

Dating Disasters

Bump Up Your Style

Traffic Terror

Dreams Come True

Queen Victoria's Toupee

Daddy Issues

Simple Needs

Babymoon Bonanza

Fluent in Rosie

Difficult Decisions

Push It

Mr. Roboto

One Size Doesn't Fit All

Epic Moments

Something to Chew On

Bye Bye Baby

An Amazing Journey

The Nanny Olympics

Great News

You Got Served

Gagging the Children

The Root of the Problem

Culture Clash

Phobias and Leather Bandeau Tops

Au Naturel

Edgy and Outdoorsy

Serious Stuff

Lisa's Diary

Fashion Rocks

Scared Like the Rest of Us

Crazy as Usual

Serving and Gagging

Rosie Pope, Negotiator

Mina's Diary

Back to Reality

Holy War

In Da Club

Daron thinks a club-like environment will bring out the child in anyone.

I’ve seen nightclubs transform otherwise intelligent grown men into children. Forget the booze and the loud music. It’s the environment. The black lights, the neon, the mirrors, the chrome, the velvet-upholstered sofas, the crystal -- for some reason, this type of excess lavishness seems to bring out our most basic primordial instincts. 

Throughout my 20s, I probably spent a couple dozen evenings in nightclubs with my friends. And without fail, a couple guys would inevitably devolve into children and humiliate themselves. I’ll spare you the details, but the nightclub always seemed to bring out their inner 6-year-old. So this begs the question -- if the nightclub environment inspires grown men to act like uncontrollable 6-year old children, how would it impact an actual 6-year old? Clearly, you can’t bring a child to a nightclub (Rosie can confirm this for me). But you can bring the nightclub to the child. Just ask Jessica and Carlo.

As you may have noticed, Jessica and Carlo built a gorgeous home/nightclub (if you missed it the first time around, check it out on the encore showings of Pregnant in Heels) that would make Steve Wynn envious. From the chrome, to the mirrors, to the velvet --they nailed the nightclub vibe to a tee. Replace the booze and loud music with a mountain of toys and multiple miniature electric European sports cars, and you’ve created a nightclub paradise for little Leah.

Here’s the downside to home-gone-nightclub: When an otherwise adorable and precocious 6-year old (like Leah) grows up in a nightclub environment, she may, at times, take on the traits of a crazed 28-year-old man who is acting like a 6-year old at a nightclub. Take another look at the black-and-white guerilla-style surveillance video of Leah if you need a better explanation.  The footage brought me back to my nightclub days. Leah looked about as controllable as one of my unfortunate buddies on an amped-up, black-lit nightclub dance floor.

The good news is that Leah has so much potential, has a great support network around her and has proven that she can overcome any challenge (Rosie clearly challenged her). My friends? Well, the jury is still out.

The Privilege of Parenting

Rosie wanted to deal with her own issues so she could be the best parent possible.

People often ask me why I do what I do. I think it is so important for people to understand the passion I have for helping people be the best parents they can be and to get educated about the process. Parenting is truly a privilege. This episode I decided to open up a little about my past to help you understand a little more about where this passion comes from. You were all so supportive when I was honest about my struggles with fertility, so I wanted to be honest with you about my relationship with my own mom as well. The thing is, as parents we help to shape our children. Of course, there are many other things that go into who they become, but parents have a lot to do with it. This honor should be taken so seriously, and I think it’s at the core of what I do.

Honestly at the beginning of the season I had no idea things would take such a personal direction. But finding out I was having a girl and coming to terms with my speech issues brought to the forefront so many issues from my past that I think I had chosen to lock away. I'm good at locking things away in tiny boxes in my head! It’s a survival technique...probably not a good one, but hey, I am a work in progress! Pregnancy is really a time to come to terms with the parts of you that you don't like, because as a parent, we have to love who we are. We have to be proud of ourselves so we can be role models to our children. If there is any self-hate in there, it will get brought out the moment you look into your child's eyes, because you'll want to hide those sides of you and doing that in my opinion always leads to disaster. Children know when you are not being honest with them about whom and what you are.

So I decided to take a long, hard look at who I am, why I do what I do, and to try and get to a better place with what I think about myself so I can be the best role model possible for my children. I hope in some way that understanding better who I am will help all of you in your own lives get to a place of love for yourself. Whether you are becoming a parent, already are a parent, or not one yet a parent, you deserve it! Life is just too short to live so full of pain. If I can do it, so can you.

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