Flashback Friday: Unexpected (2017-Present)

Children are a blessing. They are also the biggest job any adult can take on. Ideally, it takes a mature and responsible person to become a parent. What happens you have a child and you are still a child yourself?

The TLC program Unexpected has been on the air since 2017. Like its sister show, MTV‘s 16 and Pregnant, this show follows young girls who are in the family way. While dealing with the standard growing pains of that age, they are living with the very adult responsibility of becoming a parent.

This is another example of a reality show in which the viewer has to question what is real and what has been created to build up drama. While watching this show, I have two thoughts. The first is that I have to question if these children are being exploited for the sake of viewership. The second is that these kids appear to be so blase about this abrupt change in their lives. What bothers me is that there are many couples in this country (one of whom I am very close to) who are ready, willing, and able to become someone’s parents, but cannot do so the old-fashioned way. While these kids pop out their own kids like it is no big deal, adults who want to children are unable to make it happen.

Do I recommend it? No.

Throwback Thursday-16 and Pregnant (2009-2014)

Becoming a parent is the hardest task anyone can take on.

It’s even more difficult when the mom to be is still a child herself. 16 and Pregnant aired on MTV from 2009-2014. Each episode follows four young ladies who find themselves to be pregnant. Not only must they deal with everything that comes with being a teenager, they are also faced with the fact that within a matter of months, they will have a child of their own to raise and care for.

Shot documentary style, 16 and pregnant explores what it is like to have a baby when you are still a baby yourself. Some have argued that this program glamorizes what it is like to become a teenage parent. Other have argued that it has helped to decrease the level of teen births in America. I watched this show briefly as an adult, so I can only review the show based on my experiences as an adult. My perspective on 16 and Pregnant is that while it is still a reality show, it takes a hard look at a what it is like to make adult decisions when you are still young yourself.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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