By Amy Kramer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
On last night's episode of "Teen Mom 2," all of the women, especially those who didn't grow up with a father present, made it clear they want a good male role model for their kids. Kailyn, who didn't get much support from either of her parents, knows that Javi can be an important male figure for Isaac to look up to when Jo, Isaac's biological father, isn’t around. She also knows that being able to provide a stable two-parent household for Isaac is very important.
Similarly, Leah -- who grew up with a stepfather -- knows the positive role they can play in a child's life. Her girls are lucky that Leah's ex-husband, Corey, is devoted and involved, but also extremely fortunate that Jeremy excels at parenting, too.
While Chelsea still struggles with Adam not taking his role as Aubree's father seriously, Chelsea's support system of family and friends extends to her daughter, and Aubree is constantly surrounded by adults who love her. Here’s hoping that the arrival of Adam’s new baby will awaken a more paternal side of him that he’s able to channel into co-parenting Aubree effectively.
Jenelle ultimately wants to regain custody of Jace and parent him full-time. She is aware of the impact not having a dad had on her own life, and doesn't want the same for Jace. Hopefully, the constant parade of guys in her life will slow down, and her new boyfriend, Nathan, will help her stay focused and sober. He could also potentially be a positive male influence for Jace.
Everyone has exes they never want to see again, but that’s usually not an option when a child is involved. Like the girls have said, you’re probably not thinking of the future when you have unprotected sex at 16. However, an unplanned pregnancy means the person you sleep with could be connected to you forever, whether you want them to be or not. Protect yourself from having to make tough decisions down the line or being stuck with a partner who’s not right for you by finding a reliable method of contraception BEFORE you have sex. For more on preventing pregnancy and answers to sexual health-related questions, head to MTV's It’s Your Sex Life website.