Teen Mom may be a show aimed at teenagers, but many of the parenting struggles the girls go through resonate with anyone who has kids. And for Teen Mom 2 star Chelsea Houska, one of the biggest challenges is making it all work as a single mom.
The mother of 3-year-old Aubree sat down with The Stir recently to talk about life after getting rid of loser ex-boyfriend Adam Lind for good. And Chelsea confessed her biggest struggles as a single mom.
Chelsea on how she'll explain to her daughter why she's not still with her ex:
I'm glad I made my decisions so I don't have to explain myself. He's going to feel like crap probably.
I feel like me and her are always going to be really close. From the beginning we've been little best buddies. It's just me and her. We're best friends.
Of course I have to take the mom role too, but I just feel like we're going to be really open with each other ... I don't want to ever feel like I'm scared to talk to my child about anything.
On doing it alone:
Disciplining is hard, especially when you're a single parent. I almost feel bad! I know that sounds silly. I do discipline her, but then I feel bad. And 3 is much worse than 2 with the tantrums, for sure!
I never know what to do; I'm always just, like, oh my God. Oh my god. Like in the middle of the store, sometimes she'll just lose it!
I will leave my grocery cart and walk out of the store. And then I'm scared because you can't do anything in public. Especially when people know I'm on TV, they're, like, oh my God, she is so mean to her kid. And it's, like, what do you want to me do?
Are you a single parent? Do you relate to what Chelsea is saying?
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