By Lauren Mann of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
On Tuesday’s episode of “Teen Mom 2,” Adam filed a petition for increased custody of Aubree, and Chelsea was shocked. When Chelsea found out she was pregnant, she stressed that she wanted her ex involved in their daughter’s life, no matter what the cost to her own personal sanity. However, since Aubree was born, Chelsea has been her primary provider, with only sporadic visitation and assistance from Adam. So why his sudden desire to be more involved now? And is it a good thing? Well, it could be…if he follows through.
A father’s involvement in his child’s life is directly related to his or her well being. Studies show that kids who have high quality relationships with their dads are less likely to drop out of school, abuse alcohol or drugs or end up in jail. They’re also less likely to demonstrate problem behavior. Still, half of teen mothers report that the father of their child did not visit at all in the past month, and only about half of those men did so more than a few times.
It remains to be seen just how serious Adam is about having more custody of Aubree, and if he’ll be dedicated to fulfilling the responsibilities that come along with it. As Chelsea sees it in the “Teen Mom 2 Featured Moment” below, the petition is more for his parents’ benefit, and while she actually thinks that they’re “great,” the shuttling of Aubree between homes has sometimes caused her daughter to act out. “Going back and forth has to be stressful,” she says.
Re-watch the moment when Chelsea received the custody papers from Adam, and hear the young mother explain her “WTF?” reaction. Plus, for more information on teen parenting (and avoiding having to think about co-parenting with your ex), check out MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life website.