'16 and Pregnant' Megan McConnell Not Ready for Real Life Motherhood

Sona Charaipotra
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16 And Pregnant

These 16 and Pregnant mamas are really starting to piss me off. Blame it on stress, the lack of a reliable babysitter, or the never-ending pile of work I'll be buried under through the holidays (because, you know, we freelancers don't get paid vacations), but I'm really starting to resent how easy parenthood seems to be for these made-for-TV mamas.

Case in point: Megan McConnell, the Colorado teen mom whose baby daddy Nathan was more interested in video games than his son Blake. Apparently, these days, Nate has magically cleaned up his act and got a job. And Megan's working, too, hoping to get her degree in nursing. Good for them, right?

Except they make it seem so easy. And Megan says parenthood is a breeze.

And we all know it's not.

But I guess it would be a lot easier if I could crash with my husband at my parents' place and scrape some cash together to pay for the occasional pizza or to make a bit of a dent in the tuition my parents pay for me, all the while relying on my mom to watch the baby while I go to work or school.

Maybe it's just me, but Megan, real life doesn't work that way. Balancing work and school and money and maintaining a healthy relationship with your significant other, it all takes its toll. I'm here to tell you -- and I'm sure there are many mamas who will echo this sentiment -- that having a baby does not make you a grown-up. Not by a long shot. 

Am I being too hard on Megan? She hardly seems like the most indulged of the bunch, considering the likes of Teen Mom's Farrah, who gets to live with low rent in her parents' spare apartment with free babysitting and still bitch them out regularly. 

But for the most part, it seems that these pregnant teens are getting off easy because of their support systems. Add to that the celebrity factor and you've got the reason MTV has teen girls actually trying to get pregnant so they can try out for the show.

Do you think shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom make parenting look too easy? Does it make you angry?

 

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