MTV’s Teen Mom follows four teen parents after they revealed their story on MTV’s Sixteen and Pregnant. Now in the second season, Teen Mom has gone a lot deeper to explore the ups and downs of becoming a young parent.
Even though teenagers can take the most out of the show, there are lessons that can be taught to all ages, especially parents of young children.
Breaking down and analyzing each girl on the show will reveal important parenting tips and everyday lessons that the show conveys throughout the weekly drama.
Maci: Maci has a typical situation that many divorced parents deal with, co-parenting a child. In Maci’s case, she finds herself doing most of the parenting.
While her son Bentley has fits like any child, the bigger baby in the situation is her ex-boyfriend Ryan. First, Maci had to deal with child support and she made the right decision by avoiding arguments, weekly struggles and tension for Bentley by heading straight to court.
Managing your own child support may be easier and allow more leniency for parents who are not together, but anything can happen and it makes things a lot easier to just let your own state take care of things. Now Maci receives the money she needs to help support Bentley.
Another issue with Ryan is the introduction of new boyfriends and girlfriends to Bentley. Without informing Maci, Ryan introduced Bentley to his new girlfriend.
Introducing people into children’s lives is an important step and Maci has realized this by holding off the introduction of her new love interest Kyle. This is the best situation for Bentley, because a parent should get to know the person well enough before the child is subjected to the person.
It is obvious from the show that Maci has a lot of family support and this will continue to make a better life for Bentley. Even though she contemplated moving out, staying with her parents until she can easily support herself is the best decision.
Amber: Before Amber gave birth to Leah, her longtime boyfriend Gary already went through a lot of ups and downs. The sad part about this story is that even though how much they may claim to love each other, it is obvious that they do not belong together.
The constant arguing between the two is unhealthy for themselves, but things only get worse as Leah becomes the witness to nearly every fight and argument they have. Being exposed to so much negative influence is not going to be good for Leah and the best thing is for these two to seek counseling and eventually break up for good.
How many proposals is it going to take before these two realize that they are only in the relationship for the constant drama each one provides each other.
Farrah: Family is an important aspect for any child and that is one of Farrah’s biggest problems on the show. Even though Farrah disrespects, hates and is verbally rude to her mother and father, it is clear that these grandparents adore and crave more time with Sophia.
When Farrah was actually living with her mother, it is obvious that Sophia grew close to her grandmother and Farrah should allow them more time together. Every child deserves an extended family whether it is true relatives or not.
If Sophia is only spending time with Farrah, then she will not be able to expand and grow attachments to other people. Hopefully Farrah looks at the well-being of Sophia and extends her to more family members.
Caitlin: It was emotional and heart-wrenching to watch Caitlin and Tyler give up their daughter Carly, but after watching hours of footage on Teen Mom, it has proven to be the best decision for this young couple.
While the first season of Teen Mom mostly focused on coping with adoption, the second season has reached deeper into their seemingly perfect relationship and revealed the flaws.
Early in season 2 of Teen Mom, Tyler showed some immaturity and more reason as to why giving up Carly was a good decision. After proposing to Caitlin, the couple lived together at his mother’s house.
All of a sudden, Tyler reveals that he is spending way too much time with Caitlin and wants his fiancé to move out! I know that they gave up Carly, but what would have happened if he kept her? They would be a family and basically forced to live together.
Tyler’s immature reasoning and decision to make her move shows that creating a family and having a wife is a huge decision that mature adults should be making. All choices have consequences and that is why people should wait a long time to have children.
MTV’s Teen Mom obviously edits to show the most dramatic moments, but there is truth and lessons to be learned from those moments. As Teen Mom continues, hopefully the mothers grow and learn the most important lesson of all: the child should always come first.