MTV’s reality show Teen Mom follows the lives of mothers who became pregnant as teens. It attempts to show the struggles that each of these mothers, and in some cases the fathers, face on a day to day basis. One of the couples who are portrayed on Teen Mom are different than the rest, however. Catelynn and Tyler made the decision to give their daughter, Carly, up for adoption. Should they stay on the show?
Catelynn is Not a Teen Mom and Tyler is Not a Teen Dad
Although Catelynn is a biological mother, she is not the person who is raising Carly. In years to come, when Carly is asked who her mother is, she will not say Catelynn. The couple made the decision to give up their daughter because they felt it was best for her. The whole entire point of Teen Mom is to show teens the struggles which they will face if they make the decision to raise a baby at a young age. In the case of Catelynn and Tyler, this cannot be seen.
Catelynn and Tyler were first seen on MTV’s Sixteen and Pregnant, the prequel to Teen Mom. It is understandable for this couple to have been on Sixteen and Pregnant. The couple was faced with the decision of what to do after they learned that Catelynn was pregnant. Once they made the decision to give the baby up for adoption, however, their “fame” as reality tv stars should have ended there. They should have never made it on to Teen Mom because, as hurtful as it may be for them to cope with, they are not parents.
The Emotional Struggles Associated with Adoption
Many viewers of MTV’s Teen Mom feel that Catelynn and Tyler should remain on the show because their situation shows how emotionally challenging it can be to adapt to giving your baby up for adoption. Up to this point, however, Teen Mom does not seem to give a good portrayal of these struggles. Since giving up their baby for adoption, Catelynn and Tyler have struggled with their relationship. Their struggles do not seem a whole lot different than those which can be seen in any other teenage relationship, however.
While some viewers may love Catelynn and Tyler, it simply does not seem as though they are a suitable fit for Teen Mom. While the other couples on the show are busy taking care of their children, it seems that the show is focusing mostly on Catelynn and Tyler’s relationship. They would be better suited for a teenage version of Tough Love Couples with Steve Ward to work out their relationship issues.