Teenagers can be extremely stupid. It's a fact. They make bad decisions every single day and our jobs, as moms, is to stop them from making them and try to rein them in so they don't kill themselves. On MTV's Teen Mom franchise, we see an extreme example of this dynamic going so, so wrong.
Many of the moms on the show were teen moms themselves, and they don't have the tools to teach their own daughters how not to make the same mistakes. Now, three of the 16 and Pregnant moms are pregnant AGAIN. Because they needed another baby. Right.
The three girls -- Ebony Jackson-Rendon, who appeared on the show’s first season, Brooke Smitherman-Tarrant, and Kristina Head (the girl whose baby’s father drowned last season) -- are all pregnant with their second children. I don't think I need to tell you that none of these girls needs baby number two any more than they needed baby number one.
Of these three girls, at least one is still in her teens. The fact is, teen minds aren't mature enough to make these kinds of decisions. And they're kidding themselves if they think baby number two is going to be any easier. In fact, as a mom of two, I can assure them that what you THINK will be double the work is, in fact, more like an exponential amount more.
So how do we stop these teens from making idiotic decisions? We parent them. Sadly, much to most parents' chagrin, parenting doesn't become "easier" at 13. If anything, it becomes more complicated and difficult.
Teens still need guidance. They are still children. Ebony may be in her early 20s now, but she is still not even mature enough to have one child given that the child was taken away from her because of their home's condition. Is two really going to help her figure her life out?
It's a shame in this day and age when so many moms who are well-equipped, financially stable, and mature can't have kids that these girls just keep on getting pregnant.
Their ovaries work better than their brains. It's a real shame.
Do you think these teens will be good second-time moms?
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