So, I’m a bit ashamed to admit it, but I love watching MTV’s Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant shows. It’s such a lame show, and a lot of the conversations seem scripted. But it’s still interesting.
I actually started watching the show during the first season of 16 and Pregnant. I watched these girls who were so different go through basically the same experience. It never failed to shock me when the boyfriend would bail, and I would always root for the couples to stay together. Just knowing that the poor kid was going to have to deal with the problems that come along with separate parents kind of hurt my. My parents split when I was nine, so I know how hard it can be to try to split your time.
Then, they started the spin off show. They picked four girls from the previous season of 16 and Pregnant, and they followed them as their story went on. In general, none of the parents stuck together, and it always ended up with some sort of court hearing about custody or child support. Some of the girls tried dating again, while others just focused on their self and baby.
I got really attached to these girls. I felt like I knew them because we got to see the intimate details of their lives, and the cameras showed pretty much everything. You really get deep into their world.
Right now, Teen Mom 2 is going on. It follows Leah, Kailyn, Jenelle, and Chelsea. Three of them have already had a second pregnancy since their teen years, and two of them are divorced and remarried. It’s so crazy to think that they have already lived through so much, and they’re only 21 or 22 years old.
I also like the show because I feel like I can kind of relate. No, I wasn’t a teen when I had my kid, but I feel like I struggle to be a good parent. I want to give my child the very best, and I want to make the right choices. I think that, no matter what age you are, it always feels like that. You are never really prepared for the experience.
I’m bummed because the season finale is coming up. I hope the next season will start again soon…