Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom 2: We Already Know This Is Going To End Badly

Last night was my first-ever viewing of Teen Mom 2, though I’ve known about the combined assault charges, medical problems, and leopard print of Leah Messer, Jenelle Evans, Kailyn Lowry, and Chelsea Houska for awhile now. But except for a knock-down, drag-out fight between Jenelle and her mom that I suspect is par for the course, last night’s season 2 premiere wasn’t too dramatic.

Mostly I was shocked at how self-destructive these girls can be; what’s bizarre is how in the long run they’re certainly putting their kids’ needs ahead of them, but they get selfish regarding short-term stuff like seeing friends and risky relationships. Also, there’s a weird dramatic irony to knowing that since filming for season 2 wrapped, one relationship has broken up and someone’s violated her probation. It makes it even more cringeworthy to see those cracks develop in the first episode.

LEAH

DON’T: Underestimate the importance of making a living

What I didn’t get was how everyone was so unenthusiastic about Leah getting a job. At first I thought that her reluctance was because she couldn’t afford to be full-time, but it sounds as if they’d have no problem wrangling day care since they leave next door to Corey’s mom and could probably pay for the remaining time needed. Then I realized it was because Leah just didn’t like leaving her daughters Aleeah andAlianna because of their health problems. That makes sense and must make her every day tougher, but at the same time, wouldn’t she want to earn more money to pay future medical bills?

DO: Support your spouse

I just learned that Corey and Leah have since filed for divorce, which makes these moments resound a lot more. Because even after Leah became enthusiastic about her dental assistant job, Corey looked annoyed whenever she brought it up.

DONT’: Be jealous

Part of Corey’s insecurity was that Leah would flirt with people; no matter what job she ended up with, this would be his fear, apparently. She definitely mentions in the voiceover that he’s not supportive enough about her working.

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    • Rachel

      I have to disagree with you about Kailynn. As a long time 16 and pregnant/teen mom watcher, I think she is one of the most responsible moms featured. She has a good head on her shoulders, and does put her kid first most of the time.

      I thought it was really unreasonable of her ex, Jo and his parents to have the attitude that her wanting to date other people was so unacceptable. She and Jo broke up, is she supposed to stay single forever because they supported her (and therefore HIS son that he SHOULD be supporting)? Their attitude towards her was really poor last season. This feeling might just be because Jo seems like an absolute spoiled brat ALL of the time. I mean, whenever he doesn’t get his way, or at no loss to him, Kailynn gets some of her way, he freaks out and calls her a whore and an idiot. He is such a sore loser, even when he isn’t losing. Really, he just seems so bitter when Kailynn is not entirely miserable. He seemed to be getting it together last night, but last season was so rough to watch because he was so unreasonably mean to her, and his parents always took his side.

    • Brenna

      Kailynn is a really responsible mom, but Natalie was spot on with her assessment of her character. She’s definitely put her needs before her son’s, and she comes off just as spoiled as Jo. To live with someone and then disobey their rules and think that you can just get off scott free with it is beyond stupid. What kind of person thinks it’s okay and acceptable to live with an ex and then date another person? And she definitely doesn’t take responsibility for her situation. Everything isn’t always someone else’s fault. The fact that Jo’s parents and siblings are continuously supportive of her proves just how good she has it, and she continues to conspire behind their backs. Jo might be a brat but she’s just as spoiled and irritating.

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