Bristol and Willow Palin, daughters of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, trade lives
with one of TV’s most popular mother-daughter duos, Joan and Melissa Rivers.
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Tripp Palin has started his transition into a disciplined young man while the Rivers family has introduced more spontaneity and fun into their lives after their respective week-long experiences on what ABC dubbed “the Mother of all Wife Swaps.” While the swapped families had their tense moments and situations that could have turned very ugly – this is reality TV after all – the net experience turned out to be a win-win for all parties concerned. Both the Palins and the Rivers got to learn new things, doors were opened, barriers were broken and lessons were learned. The Palins were exposed to a new market, and Joan Rivers likely walked away with a more conciliatory attitude toward the Palins.
One of the three overarching themes in this episode is: carpe diem. Life is meant to be lived. Life is neither a spectator sport nor a dress rehearsal. When opportunities are handed to you on a silver platter, they are to be seized. Those who risk nothing learn nothing, and gain nothing. In raising a child, neither the extremes of over-discipline nor the licentious permissiveness typified by the Dr. Spock mentality are good paths to travel. A child should be disciplined, but still allowed to have fun and be a child. Breaking barriers, whether they are built from political ideology or past hurts is hard work, but the rewards are well worth it.