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Teen Mom: Should Baby's Biological Parents Stay Together?

Teen parents are just kids themselves so do the rules change when it comes to couples calling it quits? Forty percent of LilSugar readers said they'd do everything to stay with their child's father, but for some young parents their relationships were on the rocks before the little pink line appeared on the pregnancy test. In last night's episode of Teen Mom, the bonds between Catelynn and Tyler and Amber and Gary were strained while Ryan and Maci dated new people. What's your opinion?

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Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
My parents split up last year after nearly 20 years of marriage. When I was about 8 they discussed divorce but decided to stay together because they thought it would be best for my brother and I. I don't think it was. They would fight pretty often and I knew my parents weren't in love with each other anymore. When they split up last year it was hard to deal with but now I can honestly say it was the best for all of us. I don't think parents should ever stay together only for the kids.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 6 years
Staying with someone for your kid? Sounds like a recipe for disaster... I'm yet to see the wisdom in kids having kids, and this is a prime example of why.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
Miss leanne has the perfect point. It's all about the example you're setting. Her father is the kind of man I would like her to marry someday, and our relationship is something I wish she gets to experience in her life. So, no, staying together for the kids can be toxic for the kids!
miss-leanne miss-leanne 6 years
I agree with everyone else. It's definitely unhealthy for a child to grow up around a dysfunctional couple. The last thing you could want is for them to think it's normal and have the same sort of relationship when they're older.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Well I certainly wasn't married or planning on having a kid when I got knocked up... I guess I haven't decided if I'm the marrying type or not yet. It depends relationship to relationship. This really isn't a yes or no question.
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
You should not be staying in a marriage for your kids. But your marriage/relationship should be stable enough that divorce/splitting up isn't really an issue before you bring kids into the mix. I honestly think you should be married or have plans to be married before you have a kid. (Doesn't apply if you're the not marrying type.) But you should be together and plan on being together for awhile. Kids can ruin relationships - you need to build it up and fortify before bringing home baby.
Bestest Bestest 6 years
I'm a single mother of 2 boys. I am 23 years old , and had my first son right after I turned 17, and his brother after I turned 19. Their father and I are no longer together, and my kids are not suffering at all from not having their dad around. So from experience I think if the parents are not healthy together then the babies should be with whom ever can care for them best, but excluding the parent (who does not care for the child mainly) is wrong if you do it solely out of spite. I also 100% agree with Diamond staying together just for the kids is just very unhealthy and shouldn't be done either.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
Agree with Amber. This is a very loaded question. Don't be together if ONLY for the kids. It's not good for anybody.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Teen or not, if the only reason you are staying with someone is the kids, then something is seriously wrong with the relationship!
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