It’s a beautiful Tuesday, everybody, so you know what that means! Thaaat’s right, another teen-filled, mom-filled, episode of Teen Mom 3. And, with reality shows about early parenthood, comes lists of lessons that I’ve learned secondhand. It’s the way of the world, it’s the circle of life! (I hope that you’re now singing that song from the Lion King. You know the one.)
This week’s episode is all about support in relationships. Well, I guess all of the episodes are kind of about being supportive and receiving support and buying supportive bras, but this one is even more about it. Another fun fact about this episode: it taught me 10 whole lessons about life in the parenting lane. So, here they are, beautiful internet dwellers.
1. Lying about drug use makes it go away.
When Alex accuses Matt of still using drugs, he tentatively denies it, which she understandably doesn’t believe. Instead of denying his problems to someone who actually cares about him, I recommend that Matt, oh I don’t know, face and deal with them.
2. Teen Mom can make you cry.
Who saw that one coming? My tear ducts did not, that’s for sure! When Briana confesses to her mom that she feels like a burden and her mom tearfully tells her that that breaks her heart, my heart was like “me too, guys!”
3. Maturity is possible!
It’s definitely subtle, but I noticed so many changes in all of the moms and even one of the dads. Holy heck, these kids are a changin’, folks!
4. Being a mom is both stressful and boring.
You might not think that those two near-opposite words could describe one situation, but that’s just isn’t true. As our pal, Briana, shows us, even when you are complaining of having no help, being home with your kid alone is still sometimes boring. Confusing? Yes. True? Yes, probably.
5. Confidence comes at a price, but at much too high a price.
Katie participates in a fashion show to help boost her confidence, and the ever-infantile Joey literally can’t stand to watch her walk down the runway because he’s so jealous that she’s wearing “lingerie.” I should point out that her specific lingerie is more covering than some people’s normal clothes and that she only agrees to do the show to help raise her confidence. But Joey is having none of it.
6. You should do what makes you happy.
On that same note, I applaud Katie for going ahead and deciding to do the show, despite Joey’s lack of support. You can’t please everyone, so sometimes you have to pick who’s more important to make happy. I’m glad that she chooses herself in this situation.
7. When you are sad, you should be a fun-ruiner.
Briana’s sister goes on a road trip with her friends, which makes Briana feel jealous of her sister’s freedom. And so, instead of chalking it up to “welp, this is due to my choices,” Briana calls her sister in the midst of her fun night to tell her she’s jealous of her. I can’t understand why she would do that, except that she’s more selfish than she realizes.
8. Absentee parents are super absent.
It wasn’t until the end of the episode that I realized that Briana’s baby daddy, Devoin, didn’t make even one appearance in the episode. Not one! What a shame.
9. You should support your loved one even in life-threatening hobbies.
I guess anything could be life-threatening when you really think about it; but bull riding is just dripping with danger and potential injury. Yet, when Mackenzie feels uncomfortable with Josh going back to the sport (after several concussions and a car accident), she gently sweeps those feelings under a rug and gives him her support. What could possibly go wrong?
10. It’s totally cool to blow up and apologize one million times.
He hasn’t hit the big 1 million in apologies yet, but Matt is sure on his way. After their crazy fight last week, Matt texts Alex an apology, which I’m guessing is a scenario that happens often. I’m guessing this because when she gets the message, both Alex and her mom are annoyed and so over it.
That’s all for this week’s episode! See you all next week when we learn even more golden knowledge nuggets from the ladies of Teen Mom 3. I’m pumped, are you pumped?!