I'm totally addicted to this heart wrenching show.
I was surprised to see that a new season had started and I feel like it should be mandatory viewing for any child who's thinking about having sex. Obviously, it's MTV-ized so it's a reality-show perspective, but I feel like the also show a lot of the realities of being a teen mom.
Now, I don't have personal experience on the matter, but I can't imagine how difficult it would be to be alone and raising a baby while also going to school and working. There just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything and I can't understand how teenage girls don't live in fear of getting pregnant in high school - I was constantly paranoid about it, and still am (like being pregnant with my husband's baby is such a scandal, oh what would the neighbors say?...haha, anyway, moving on...).
I remember the guy that I lost my virginity to and man, was that guy an ass. I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I'd gotten pregnant by him, but I'm pretty sure it'd be in the horrific-nightmare category. Oh. I'm actually shuddering just thinking about it. Ew.
Yeah, so I may buy the box set of Teen Mom and make any future children of ours sit down and watch it. I know that you end up scarring your kids no matter how you raise them, but I'd like to be sure and scar them with the reality of what sex really means and how it can change your life in an instant. I'm so grateful that I got my teen years (and early 20s) to myself so that I could make all the mistakes I did without my actions hurting an innocent child and would want the same for my kids.
Blah, blah, blah, so I watched it this morning, followed by the new Real World: New Orleans (which shows promise on being excessively dramatic and maybe unwatchable, we'll see) and was left feeling sad after the first and happy after the latter. I guess I'll just watch both at the same time - it's not so long when you can eliminate the commercials...