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Last season, MTV’s ‘Teen Mom,’ gave viewers a glimpse into the lives of four teenage girls who became mothers at an age when they should’ve been more worried about getting a date to prom. Well, Maci, Amber, Catelynn, and Farrah are back for season 2 of ‘Teen Mom,’ as they adjust to new realities of motherhood, love, life, and moving on.
I had a chance to speak with Farrah, a single mom as she faces the new reality of work, motherhood, trying to make ends meet, and trying to find love. This season, she seems to have matured quite a bit. Check out the interview.
Kat Ahn: Great to speak with you. So tell us, this is season 2 of “Teen Mom,” are you used to the cameras following you around now?
Farrah: I’m very used to the cameras. I mean, its been 2 years now, but some of my friends aren’t used to it. I’m actually friends with the crew and they don’t get in too much of my space.
Kat Ahn: Cool. So, what do you think it is about ‘Teen Mom’ that is resonating with viewers?
Farrah: I think ‘Teen Mom’ has more truth and responsibility to it. You know I don’t really follow the shows that encourage, getting drunk and having sex with more than one partner. There is a responsibility that does go on when you do have sexual intercourse. Young people/old people all watch our show because its for every type of group and everyone can relate.
Kat Ahn: Well said. Last season, you dealt with being a young mom and living with your parents. But after a recent incident with your Mom, you moved out. How are things now between you and your Mom?
Farrah: Right now…um..my Mom and my relationship is better than ever. We’re in family counseling now. I recommend that to every mom because it will help the relationship between mom and child. Kid and Mom. You have to in order to have great relationships.
Kat Ahn: Tell us about Sophia. How is she doing?
Farrah: Sophia is 17 months and she’s wonderful. She’s getting cuter as she gets older. I love her walking around, trying to help me, and learning different words very quickly. She’s having a growth spurt on learning vocabulary because my parents and grandparents help to learn words. They want her to learn 200 words by the time she’s 2.
Kat Ahn: So cute. So, what do you think this whole experience is teaching you? What can we look forward to seeing from you this season?
Farrah: I can’t speak for the other girls because we have unique situations. For me, this has gotten me through the barrier with my parents. We can be honest and not get frustrated. We will never have bad communication again. It has helped me, I would say..you know, being portrayed as going out all the time, now I make sure I’m not out all the time. I’m a teenager, going to school, and being responsible for my daughter. I’m the only parent for hero so it matters more to me that I’m more responsible. I can’t always be depressed. The show has helped me move on.
Kat Ahn: That’s good to hear. So, do you think this show glamorizes teen pregnancy?
Farrah: I don’t know how this show does that. The context needs to be looked at. I mean, I work hard, go to class and I don’t get glamorous things. I don’t think it is at all. I don’t get people who say that. We all have issues and problems.
Kat Ahn: There are viewers who love your show, but aren’t so kind about their views on your parenting style. What would you say to them?
Farrah: You know..I used to look at what they did say. Going to counseling has helped me get my priorities straight and looking at those don’t matter anymore. I understand that you have an opinion, but I don’t get why you’re saying that to me. I do have respect for my parents but I know that my parents aren’t right all the time. They have to look at both sides.
Kat Ahn: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Farrah: Getting my Associates degree iin culinary management, opening a restaurant. I also want to get a Bachelor’s for law degree. I want to be there for Sophia, save money for her to go to college.
Kat Ahn: Again, awesome to hear. So are we ever going to meet Sophia’s Dad?
Farrah: When you watch this season, you will see what happens with me and Sophia’s Dad. That’s all I can say.
Kat Ahn: If you could talk to your 14 year old self, what would you say?
Farrah: You know I recently did a panel discussion with Bristol Palin and I kinda touched on how before I met Sophia’s dad, I wanted to go to college and focused on expectations in guys when I was 14. I knew I wanted to wait and like many girls, they need to fill a void of wanting to fall in love. That got in the way of expectations of myself. Shortly after I turned 15, I got off track. Now, though, I’m back to normal. I’m back to who I was before I met Sophia’s Dad.
Thanks for your time, Farrah. And check out the Season 2 premiere of MTV’s ‘Teen Mom,’ tonight at 10 PM ET/PT.