Teen Mom 2 is infamous for bringing the drama. Tonight's episode was less dramatic and more just odd. Between Leah asking Corey for more child support (and getting it) and Kailyn deciding to move out of state with Isaac without even telling Jo she is getting married, tonight's show presented us with a number of situations for which there is no right answer.
It seems like we often end up saying the boys on these shows are bad because, in many cases, they are. But that isn't always true. Jo has been a very devoted dad. So has Corey. And they are both getting the shaft.
I don't pretend to know how frustrating and complicated it is to share a child with a person you no longer love. And I don't pretend to have a solution to Kailyn or Leah's problem. But I also feel really bad for those boys.
How is it fair that Jo and Corey have almost no say in their own lives? How is it fair that Kailyn can just move Isaac away to be with her boyfriend/husband and barely even have to tell Jo?
Leah and her husband make three times what Corey does (or so he keeps saying), so how is it at all fair that she can get so much more money? Child support seems like an incredibly unfair calculation that doesn't take realistic living expenses into account and doesn't count the income and any stepparents. How is that fair?
I genuinely feel like Corey is a good dad and I genuinely feel like he is getting hosed by the child support agreement.
For all the many ways that the girls get screwed on this show -- and there are many -- it's not just them. Sure, Jenelle and Chelsea were left holding the bag (er, baby) when their ne'er-do-well boyfriends split. And sure, that's the cliche. We see it time and again on 16 & Pregnant. It's a real thing.
But it's also true that some boys who want to be involved get screwed as well. I have no idea whether Ali and Aleeyah need the money Corey will provide. Maybe they do. Maybe Leah could have just asked Corey and left it alone.
I have no idea if Kailyn really had a choice about leaving the state or not, but to me, it seems like once you make the decision to have a kid with someone, you also agree to stay near them. Period. End of story. Don't like it? Don't have a kid with a person.
Do you think Kailyn should be allowed to move?
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