27 children by 17 women? Are you for real?

In his 38 years of life, Nathaniel J. Smith of Dayton, Ohio has produced 27 children by 17 different women.

Now this dude has the nerve to want a reality show. Please! You need a truckload of condoms or an operation.

When asked by a judge on the TV show “Divorce Court” how he had fathered so many children, Smith gave a one word answer, “sex.”

Well, duh!

One of the most memorable lines in the 1991 film “Boyz n the Hood” came from Furious Styles, played masterfully by Laurence Fishburne. He was counseling his son Tre (Cuba Gooding) on sex and responsibility.

“Any fool with a d*** can make a baby, but it takes a real man to raise his children.”

I guess Smith was too busy to watch the movie. His children range in age from 1 years old to 21. His estranged wife is 23 and his 21-year-old daughter now has a child of her own, according to the Dayton Daily News. The former barber, who calls himself a poet and performer, told the newspaper that times are hard so the mothers of his children have had to step up and do more. He was called into court recently on failure to appear charges related to a child support case. No surprise there since Smith has 21 child support orders.

Smith is an idiot. I’m not going to waste any more time on him. But here’s what I want to know from the mothers of his children: why would you lay up with a man who has 2 or 3 children he isn’t taking care of let alone enough for at least two basketball teams? It’s unfair to you and it’s especially unfair to your children.

If a man won’t take care of his own children, he’s surely not going to take care of you. I’ve been in court trying to get child support from a man who did not want to pay. It is humiliating but sometimes necessary. In my case, I had a job; and he was working on his Master’s degree and working on and off. I decided it wasn’t worth going to court for what at that time would have amounted to $25 to $50 a week.

Don’t get me wrong, women and men with children should be required to pay child support. But before we have children with someone, we really need to examine that person’s character.

We must love ourselves enough not to deal with a man who doesn’t take responsibility for his actions. There are too many unwanted children in the world already longing for someone to care for them. If you really want a child and you can’t find a decent man to marry, perhaps you should consider adoption.

But whatever you do, don’t get with the likes of Nathaniel J. Smith.