Man, oh, man, sometimes I feel sorry for the stars of Teen Mom. Every time you turn around, someone is trying to make them sound scandalous! Take the latest kerfuffle over Maci Bookout. The mom of 4-year-old Bentley is getting some heat for taking the 4-year-old out partying.
Turns out the football shindig Maci dragged Bentley to had not just beer, but drinking games too. And you know what I have to say to that?
Sounds like a pretty normal night out for a mom and her kid to me! Photos of the party have shown up online, but none of them show Maci or little Bentley drinking. In fact, the 4-year-old is hanging out with an Xbox controller in his hand in a bedroom, away from the actual football-watching and beer-ponging.
How many of us taken our kids to weddings, backyard barbecues, football parties ... where booze was served? Raising your hand? Yup, me too. I don't let my 7-year-old drink. I don't get smashed around her. And I never, ever, ever drink and drive. So what is the big deal here?
What's really disturbing is the criticism that is heaped -- often unfairly -- on the stars of Teen Mom who are really just trying to be good parents while the world butts in. Granted, some of it is warranted. Did you hear about the mom who waxed her 3-year-old's eyebrows? But not every one of them is a careless Jenelle Evans (who we all know does not actually have custody of her kid).
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Some of them are just normal parents who do boring things every day like potty training, bedtime story reading, and watching a football game with some friends while their son plays a video game.
It's true that these girls put themselves out on TV and opened themselves up to criticism, but when we're criticizing something as banal as letting your kid play video games while you sit around watching football, I have to wonder: who's the one screwing up here? Not the Teen Mom, that's for sure!
Sometimes I wonder if America WANTS these girls to be bad moms because it makes us feel better about our own parenting.
Do you think Maci was wrong here? Do you think she's generally a good mom? How about the other girls?
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