Rosie O’Donnell told reporters at the Sundance Film Festival that she watches Teen Mom with her 13-year-old daughter.
“My daughter is 13. I watch it with her. The rate of teenage pregnancy is up, so when my daughter saw that ['Teen Mom 2'] was on the air, I said ‘Let’s watch it.’”
The former talk show host said she uses the show as a learning experience for she and her daughter:
“At the end of almost every episode the mothers say they wish they used protection or waited, ‘My whole life is over,’ or ‘I can’t live the life of a teenager.’ I think it sends out a positive message.”
I’m gonna have to agree with Rosie on this one. I hear people say all the time that Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant have a bad influence on teens, but I beg to differ. Even as a 20-year-old college student and an avid viewer, when I watch the show I’m forced to consider my current situation and make the realization that I’m not ready to have children. I’m a huge fan of the show and the message it sends teens; like Rosie explained, it’s an opportunity to learn a lesson.