If you’ve been a reader of Misadventures for a while, then you know that I have an obsession with reality TV and one of my favorite shows is the Teen Mom franchise on MTV. When I received an email last week with the opportunity to interview one of the moms from Teen Mom 2 I knew I had to say yes!
Though interviews are something that I normally say no to, I just don’t seem to have enough hours in the day as it is, I said yes because Chelsea, and her tumultuous relationship with her baby daddy Adam, reminded me a lot of myself and of the relationship that I had with my oldest daughter’s father. I have to say, that I was pleasantly surprised by how well spoken and down to earth Chelsea seemed during our interview, I think she said it best when she said, “I’m just a regular 20 year old girl, with a baby” that seemed to describe her perfectly. You can check out my interview with Chelsea Houska below, let me know what you think, about Chelsea, the interview and about the show Teen Mom 2!
Q: What aspect of your life has changed the most since Aubree was born?
Chelsea: Everything is drastically different. Before Aubree, I was party girl, I was all about social, like, always out doing something and ever since I had her I rarely go out. I am just a hermit crab, I’m always home with her and so basically my social life has changed the most.
Q: What aspect of your life has changed the most since being on Teen Mom 2?
Chelsea: When people come up to me when I’m in public and stuff, that’s the thing that I still am not used to. I’m so awkward, but people are always so nice when they come up so I love when people do, it’s just so hard to get used to.
Q: What is your current relationship with Adam?
Chelsea: Adam and I aren’t together! He sees Aubree once in a while, but his parents are great, they are awesome, they see her from time to time, but we’re not together or anything and we haven’t been for a while…most people would probably be happy to know that!
Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception about "teen moms"? Do you feel pressure to use your "celebrity" to change those misconceptions?
Chelsea: I think that people just immediately judge teen moms because they think they're just not gonna be good enough no matter what. I think that there are a lot of teen moms who are better moms than older parents, but people look at it differently. they just assume that because we’re younger that we are no capable of being good parents.
I don’t think that I feel pressure because it’s something, it was almost like encouragement that I wanted to be the best mom out there because I don’t want anyone to think that I’m a bad mother. I just want to show people (that) you can be young and be a good parent, so it’s something I wanted to do and I wanted to do it for my daughter and so it’s kind of like a push to do better.
Q: What do you say to those people who think that the show glamorizes teen pregnancy and parenting?
Chelsea: If you watch the show, I don’t think anything that goes on is glamorous on the show. I think, and I know that people don’t always understand, but I’ve read stories about me doing stuff that weren’t true and that kills me, that makes me so mad and so for me, being my age and having stuff written about you is not as fun as people probably think it is. I think that shows almost, like 95% ends with all of the girls crying or something and every episode, I feel like someone cries. It’s not glamorous at all, I don’t know why people think that. I’m not partying, I’m not on drugs, I’m not married, I’m just a regular 20 year old girl that has a child.
Q: What's the best advice you can give to a teen girl who's thinking about becoming sexually active?
Chelsea: Use protection and make sure that you’re with someone that if you do end up pregnant or something happens, no matter who you have sex with you have to know the consequences…you could get pregnant, you could get an STD, you just want to make sure the person you’re with is someone that really cares about you and that would stick around with you though anything that happens. The person that you’re going to be with should be someone that you could see yourself with a long time from now.
Q: What are your plans regarding having more children in the future? Do you want more children, is one enough?
Chelsea: I definitely want more children, but not anytime soon! I want to be married, and settled, and everything before I have another child, but I definitely want more kids.
Q: Aside from having more/not having more children, what are your plans for the future? With Teen Mom 2?
Chelsea: I want to finish school, hopefully open my own salon someday and just be happy, me and Aubree for now…we’ll see what happens!
Q: How does being seen as a role model affect you or make you feel?
Chelsea: I’m glad that I am and I think that I want to help girls who need advice and if there are other teen moms out there who are looking at me and what I do, I pay really close attention to what I do for other people. I don’t go out and stuff because I want people to see that when you have a child you have to change your life and step up to the plate. I still have awesome friends and you can have everything, you just have to prioritize and make time for everything and yourself and girls need to know that.
Q: What’s your best Mommy tip?
Chelsea: Take time out for yourself and make sure that you fell good about yourself, because when you feel good about yourself then you are a happier, better person and kids just pick up on that!
I’m not sure about y’all, but to me Chelsea appears to have the whole Mommy role down pat! She’s an ambitious, smart, level-headed girl who seems to adore her daughter and take her role as a mom and role model very seriously. I look forward to seeing all of the changes that Chelsea and her daughter Aubree (and the rest of the case) have been through when the new season of Teen Mom 2, returns to MTV this fall!