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Features by Kate M.

August 31st, 2011 |
  Having a good relationship with your parents is hard for anyone, even if you’re not a teen parent. Teens deserve a little freedom and independence, but if you’re under your parent’s roof, it’s their rules. In 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom we’ve seen all sorts of families, from close two-parent homes, single mother or father households, or even parents who have separated themselves from their child. Even after moving out, parents are an important part of...
August 24th, 2011 |
This week’s Teen Mom was all about identity, especially for Farrah and Maci. A lot of teens aren’t totally sure who they are, but being a teen mom only adds to the confusion. Are you a student, a mother, a daughter, a teen, an adult? It’s hard to play all the roles, and really confusing when you’re expected to play them at the same time. For Farrah, she hopes that moving away from her parents will give her the jump start she needs to start her own life. Since...
August 17th, 2011 |
When I look back at old photos from my time in middle school, everything my friends and I wore, watched, or cared about seems so silly to me now. Even in the last year, I have changed my mind dozens of times about what I want to do after college. Growing up is a time of constantly changing perspectives, and being a teen means you’re allowed to dream of being an actress, a doctor, and a writer in the same week. How you view the world changes after having a child. If I were to summarize...
August 10th, 2011 |
For better or worse, there are a lot of new things going on in the lives of the Teen Mom girls this week! We’ve got puppies, custody battles, birthday parties, and birth mom bonding sessions coming your way. Everyone loves a puppy. What’s even cuter than a puppy is a baby hugging that puppy and happily yelling “doggie!” So I completely understand why Farrah was charmed by the idea of getting a puppy for her and Sophia to celebrate her culinary school graduation. But...
August 3rd, 2011 |
Okay, so I know I sound like a broken record on this blog sometimes, but having a baby as a teen really means putting your life on hold. School, social life, even your future goals have to change when an unplanned pregnancy turns everything upside down. This season Teen Mom is all about the girl's transition into adulthood after putting their teen lives on hold. If 16 and Pregnant and the first Teen Mom seasons were about learning to be a mom, this season is about learning to be an...
July 27th, 2011 |
We all feel consumed by stress sometimes. Being a teenager is hard work, no matter what anyone says, and trying to balance school, grades, parents, boyfriends, and money is hard work, especially when you’re still trying to find yourself.  There’s a lot of pressure to grow up, find a job, and be an adult, but a lot of high school or college students still feel like kids at heart. With all these conflicting emotions, it’s really hard to stay positive all the time. For the...
July 20th, 2011 |
For most teenagers, dating the wrong person or having an angry outburst are mistakes we all make, and can actually help us grow as people. But what if one bad decision as a teenager (say, having unprotected sex?) changed your life forever? This week’s Teen Mom was all about the consequences of being a young mother. The girls are faced with obstacles that might not have been there if they hadn’t gotten pregnant. Let’s start with Maci. No matter what your situation, it...
July 13th, 2011 |
Wow, I didn’t think it was possible for me to get so weepy over a television show. The adoption episodes of 16 and Pregnant are always the most gut-wrenching, so it’s only natural that the reunion special required a box of tissues as well. In this special episode, Dr. Drew met up with two of the three 16 and Pregnant girls to discuss pregnancy, adoption, and moving on.  (Lori, an adopted teen who also chose adoption for her baby, wasn’t featured.) Dr. Drew gave the...
July 6th, 2011 |
Finally, Teen Mom is back to catch us up on the original cast—Farrah, Maci, Catelynn, and Amber—as they struggle with relationships, moving out, and the terrible-two’s. In case you didn’t catch the season premiere this week, here’s what you missed: Farrah gets a boob job! Hoping to boost her modeling career, Farrah decides breast implants are a solid investment in her and baby Sophia’s future. Her parents are surprisingly supportive…more so than I...
June 22nd, 2011 |
Wow, what an intense finale for this season of 16 and Pregnant! This year we’ve met all kinds of girls from all over the county and learned about the different struggles they’ve gone through as pregnant teenagers. But this season finale, featuring Allie, was especially heartbreaking. Allie has had a tough couple of years. First, during her sophomore year she was forced to leave her mother in New Jersey and move to Texas with her father for financial reasons. She made a few...

 
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