'Teen Mom' Good For Teens?

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'Teen Mom' Good For Teens?
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Wed, 01-12-2011 - 10:57am

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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 1:31pm

Good for teens? It gives them some insight into the daily grind (in some cases) and I don't think the show "glamourizes" pregnancy or parenthood...I've also only seen random clips, never watched an entire episode.

What I do find greatly disturbing is the ragmag "celeb" stories about these girls going on extended vacations in Hawaii, their expensive shopping trips, the limo that one girl was "riding in style"- think I saw that one yesterday...all on MTV's dime. Yup, these girls would be just more low income teen moms without those fat MTV paychecks. How many girls might purposely get pregnant in the worst of circumstances JUST to have a chance of being a juicy enough story for a new season? THAT scares me!

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Thu, 01-13-2011 - 7:25am

did you two even know what a condom was back then?"

I'm a few years older than you are, (my baby is 19, had her when I was 31), but when *I* was 17, the prevailing "wisdom" in our small, very religious community was that "kids don't need to know about that until they're married."

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Registered: 01-13-2011
Thu, 01-13-2011 - 4:58am
I find shows like this provide a great opening for discussion about teen pregnancy. Being a teen parent many many moons ago (I was 17 when I had my first son) I want my children to live a lot more before they become fathers. After walking in on one episode and watching it with me my 17 year old son said "Ahhh Mum you and Dad were the same age I am now when you had me...I am so not ready to be a father...did you two even know what a condom was back then?" and walked out of the room. Its good, it opens up discussion about sex and birth control. However horrified my poor sons might be about the discussion...it helps me start it!
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Registered: 10-16-1999
Wed, 01-12-2011 - 7:31pm

I've watched 16 and pregnant and Teen Mom with my DD quite a few times, and I've never thought it glamorized teen pregnancy or parenthood... though it wasn't afraid to show the rewarding moments in parenthood either.