Post # 1
I have just been watching some episodes of Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant. (I am in Australia so for Teen Mom we are up to the episode where Gary proposes on the beach in Florida and 16 and Pregnant has finished season 2, but spoilers are ok).
It occurred to me that in the future, the children are going to be able to watch these episodes. In such a tech savvy world, I’m sure that they will be able to find the episode that their mum and dad are in. How do you think that this will effect them? The footage shown often displays the parents not caring for their child as much as going out, or whining about having to give up school and being a teenager.
I like the show and I hope that it helps to enlighten teenagers as to the importance of safe sex etc But it will be interesting to see the interviews with the children when they are old enough. I can see the reunion specials now.
Post # 3
i think a lot of them will resent their fathers especially. but maybe they’ll learn to be more careful than their parents!
Post # 4
I think the kids by that time will be old enough to say “Mom had me really young and it was a struggle at first, but we really grew up and learned together and yaddayadda” Except for Janelle. She’s beyond defending.
I sense a lot of anger towards the fathers though, if there’s any relationship at all …. some of them have been straight out douchebags. Just horrible, horrible little boys.
Post # 5
These shows are so f*cked up. Do not even get me started. I know you are in Australia as you said but there have been reports here in America of teens trying to get pregnant so they can be cast on the show, which is the exact opposite effect that the show should have. It should not be allowed to continue to air but it makes money for MTV because people want to watch these stupid kids. It is a crime that MTV is allowed to make these shows.
ETA: It is also sad that these children will as you said be able to watch this when they are old enough to understand. There is no way that will not affect them negatively. It all makes me sick.
Post # 6
If I were Amber’s kid, I would be so ashamed of my parents ….
Post # 7
I wonder if it will make any of them feel guilty for altering the course of their parent’s life. Obviously the children are not to blame in any way shape or form, but children sometimes blame themselves for their parent’s divorce. I wonder if this will be similar? Just random thoughts.
@busterbluth: Are you serious?! All I can hope is that these are the teenagers who would have become pregnant anyway, so that in the end it doesn’t change much. And that’s not really a nice thing to hope for. I just don’t get it, don’t they watch the show?!
Post # 8
@busterbluth:Personally, I don’t think that they are ALL stupid..Amber Yes! That girl needs a HUGE reality check. But Caitlynn and Tyler gave up their child. No matter what age you are, that could not be easy. Giving your child up so they can have a better life is anything but stupid. Maci seems to be trying. The babys dad is a total jerk. But so far she seems to be trying her hardest to make ends meet and make her child feel loved. Farrah…Yuck! I really don’t like her. For the rest I haven’t mentioned, they don’t seem to be “stupid”. Sex happens and when that happens so do babies. Sure they should of been more careful but we all make mistakes and some mistakes cost more then others.
I personally don’t feel better then these girls just because I didn’t get pregnant at 16. Its not the mistake you make that should judge you, its how you over come it.
Post # 9
I understand that mistakes happen and that your strength of character comes out in how you deal with these situations. The “stupid” comment is in reference to children having unprotected sex in the first place and then going on television about it. Some of them are dealing with the situation better than others but they should be doing so privately. There should not be a television show based around exploiting teen pregnancy for money, which is what MTV is doing. Also stupid is that they are not thinking about the future when, as the OP said, their children will see this.
ETA: I REALLY hate these shows so sorry if I’m very opinionated on the issue. I am not judging all teen mothers.
Post # 10
@busterbluth: ooookay…I get what your saying! BTW DITTO! I do agree with what you said!
Post # 11
I love these shows but I do wonder how the kids will feel later in life. I’ve seen a couple of episodes where the moms make comments that are bascially “even though I love the baby I regret it”… That would suck to know your parents regret you.
Post # 12
I think their Caitlyn & Tylers story should be shown to every teen, if not everyone. What they experienced is real and should be discussed. It’s a real life lesson. It should be shown on a PBS special or something.
I am on board with totally disagreeing how MTV again exploits.
Post # 13
@youhavemyheart: My mom was 16 when she became pregnant with me and my dad 17. My mom flat out told me since I was little, I’m now in my early 30’s, that she regreted having me so early. She tried making it sound better, but… My dad never came out and said it, but said it without saying it. Yes, it was painful to know that my life was never wanted, caused tons of heartache, and made my parents’ lives more difficult. However, my thought is now that I’m no longer a teenager with a grudge that their mistake is my gain and if their mistake made me, well, we all deal with our mistakes. Their’s just happens to have produced a person.
And for what it’s worth, I have never seen any of these shows so I’m speaking without that, but I do know it’s like for the children without cameras: it’s hard. Pesronally, I can’t wait for these shows to go away.