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'Teen Mom 2' Recap: Kailyn Changes 'Teen Mom' Stereotypes in a Good Way

by Sasha Brown-Worsham on November 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Teen Mom 2Teen Mom 2 is back and all of us can be thrilled to have Jenelle Evans, Chelsea Houska, Leah Calvert, and Kailyn Lowry back on our small screens. But the MTV show is never as simple as it seems and the girls are just as crazy as ever, even as they -- and their toddlers -- have evolved a lot over the years.

Obviously, Evans is the most screwed up of them all. Having just returned from rehab, Jenelle was ALREADY smoking pot on this episode while she is simultaneously applying for a job (with children!) and trying to stay clean. Yeah. Good work there.

Seems like few things have changed overall. Houska is still in touch with Adam, trying to work it all out, Lowry is still trying to get back with Jo, and Calvert (whose name isn't Calvert at this point) is still trying to figure out where she and ex-husband Corey stand.

Their lives are complicated and difficult, but not impossible. The beauty of so many seasons of the show (this is the third) is that we see the way things fall into place. A lot has been written about the shows in the past -- some say they cause more teen pregnancy by “glamorizing” it, others say it’s bad for these girls. But there is another element.

The more we watch these women grow up and change and care for their children, the more stereotypes about teen moms fly out the window. Sure, Evans is a stereotype, but my guess is she would have problems even without Jace. Clearly she has bipolar issues, family problems, and an addictive personality. But the other girls are all trying and they are doing as well as any other mom in the world.

I won't pretend for a second that I think it's a good idea for girls to have babies as teens. It isn't. But seeing some of these girls raise their babies and love them the same as I do and basically be MOMS regardless of age does sort of dispel some stereotypes. It doesn't glorify teen pregnancy or make it look like fun, but it does make the girls look real, like moms, like people I could be friends with.

That’s kind of a cool service. I know I will never look at teen moms the same again and maybe that's one big benefit of a show people love to hate.

Looking forward to the new season!

What did you think of the first episode?

 

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Comments

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  • Tara...
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    Tara Bannon

    November 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM
    I have to say, I completely disagree. Teen parenting is NOT at all like what MTV portrays it to be. Those girls aren't on food stamps, having to work 2 jobs wondering how you'll keep your apartment..and this is at 20, with a diploma.
  • KAV1970
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    KAV1970

    November 13, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    They ARE REAL Moms, they don't just "look like real Moms". They made mistakes, hopefully they'll get past this stage in their lives w/few marks to show, maybe they won't. But they are Moms all the same & to say that they are less because they aren't 30, college educated, w/o the perfect husband, house, minivan & dog is demeaning. I only wish them the best & hope that they rise above their situations & they become the best Moms & women they can possibly be.


  • momof...
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    momof3cuties987

    November 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I agree with Tara, these girls make over $75,000 per season.  I don't know many teen moms who are not on television that make that kind of money.  I love the show but they aren't typical cases of teen mothers.


  • Brandy
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    Brandy

    November 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM
    I disagree with you Tara. You make it seem like if you are a mom you need to be on food stamps working 2 jobs. Not all mothers live like that. They may not suffer financially, but they go through some of the same issues that regular teens go through. How dare you say Leah worrying about Ali walking isn't a real mom. Or that Chelsea trying to make things work with Adam to create a family isnt a real mom. If you are going to say that they aren't like regular moms think of a better excuse other than they aren't on food stamps.
  • Jasmine
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    Jasmine

    November 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    These girls ARE teen moms and started out on '16 and Pregnant', where they were followed with cameras and not paid a salary whatsoever. Now that people have watched their stories from when they first had their children, we want to follow their lives despite the fact that they are now getting paid. Their struggles with the baby's father, divorce, drama etc. doesn't change just because you have money, so yes it is very much showing "real" teen moms. Bottom line, I don't care how much money they make, it's just nice to see them progress, being a former teen mom myself.
  • ErinH
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    ErinH

    November 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    Just because you don't have food stamps don't make you any less of a mother! Even if that's not what mtv portrays, do you don't even know what they have to go through off cameras! Anything could happen with them. Boyfriend/Husband problem, Leah dealing with her babies walking problems are something that all teen moms go through. But yes making it to the next month without loosing your place is a challenge but so are the things these moms go through. I understand what these girls are dealing with! Having my first daughter young she's now 19 months & I had my second daughter just days after I turned 20. she's only a month and a half. We still worry about how we will pay the bills for month. & being a stay at home mom to help not pay for child care but yet cutting it so close with my boyfriends job. I could be doing college right now to help but it'd be to hard to pay for college & child care.! When you have a child your a mother no matter the age! A teen mother is a teen mother, no matter if you have money or not.
  • Candi
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    Candi

    November 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM
    A lot of you are not reading Tara's comment correctly. She is NOT saying that teen mom's are not real moms, she's saying that the average teenage mom is not making the kind of money they are for being on this show. The average teenage mom is working 2 or more jobs, going to school to get their degrees, etc. She's Not saying that their any less than regular moms.
  • ihave...
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    ihavetwo2

    November 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    I had my daughter at 19 and have never been on food stamps. Didn't need to work two jobs. I have never taken a college course, and never asked my parents for money. I have no debt or credit cpositive I ave a positive bank account. It is possible to be a teen mom and not depend on the government to be your baby daddy. I am now 25 with my second child. What's right for YOU might not be right for someone else.

     


  • ihave...
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    ihavetwo2

    November 13, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    credit cards and a positive*


  • ashleigh
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    ashleigh

    December 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    lol sucks to be you tara. if you can't afford kids don't have them. but i love kailyn! i just wish she and jo were back together irl
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