Teen Mom 2, Season 3: Caught in the Middle
This week on Teen Mom 2 everyone finds out that moving forward is easier said than done, especially when your past is still part of your present.
Leah is confused after the bomb Corey dropped on her last week when he told her he missed her and wanted them to be a family. She decides to be open about the situation and explains it to Jeremy who is not happy about it. Besides the fact that she still has feelings for Corey, Leah can’t ignore the fact that they already have a family together. She tells her parents that she doesn’t want her girls to say that she didn’t try hard enough to keep their family together. She goes over to talk to Corey and is even more confused when he doesn’t give her a definite answer. She wants their relationship to work but she doesn’t want to be the only one trying to make it work. Corey isn’t really sure what she wants and Leah is reluctant to leave Jeremy and try to start over with Corey. Her parents also don’t think it’s a good idea and think that nothing in their relationship will change.
Chelsea is focusing on her future and trying not to think about the fact that her and Adam aren’t speaking. She passed two of her GED tests and now she only needs to pass two more to receive her GED. 30% of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite pregnancy or parenthood as a reason. These girls often never get their diploma or a GED and therefore have a harder time finding jobs that can support their families. Looks like Chelsea is finally back on the right track and one step closer to beauty school!
Kailyn goes to Texas to take a break from her life in Pennsylvania and reconnect with some family members. Kailyn and her cousin have a really good time and she is even able to meet up with her half-sister. She’s nervous about this family she went most of her life without knowing but they are very welcoming. Kailyn has such a good time in Texas that the only reason she wants to go back is to see Isaac. She considers moving down to Texas for a while but doesn’t know how Jo would take the news or how they would both see Isaac. Kailyn does seem to be in a better place since she left Pennsylvania. Do you think her break from Pennsylvania will keep her spirits up, or should she permanently relocate to Texas to be near her family?
Jenelle moved in with Josh after only knowing him for a week and now she is concerned that she’s moving too fast with him. She is back on her bipolar medication and even though she’s been having mood swings, she’s also been spending more time with Jace and wants her mom to let him stay at her new place overnight. Jenelle has slowly been gaining back her mom’s trust but her mom and her get into a fight when Jenelle bails on a family outing they had planned because she’s too sick to get out of bed. Her mom is tired of her always disappointing Jace and Jenelle is tired of the restrictions her mom is putting on her spending time with Jace. She also thinks she might have to drop out of school because her personal issues are making it hard to focus.
A child changes your whole life. If Leah didn’t have children with Corey she could probably focus on her new relationship with Jeremy. Chelsea would have finished high school and would probably be in beauty school already. Kailyn could move to Texas if she wanted to and not worry about being separated from Isaac or separating him from his father. Jenelle would be able work out her personal issues and she probably wouldn’t fight so much with her mom. These mothers all love their children but it’s clear that having a child puts added stress and limitations on a young woman’s life. Most teenagers just aren’t ready for this kind of lifestyle.
How might your life be different if you had a child or multiple children to take care of? Comment below!
Bisi is an intern for The National Campaign. She is an undergrad at Georgetown University studying Economics and is an avid reader who loves experimenting with different fashion trends. One day she hopes to be considered a decent cook.
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