Amber exclusively tells HollyBaby.com that as a parent, she knows she must educate her daughter on the consequences of having intercourse in your teens!
Being a Teen Mom has taught Amber Portwood a lot about how she wants to raise her 2-year-old daughter Leah. Amber, 21, doesn’t want Leah to make the same mistake that she did by getting pregnant as a teenager — and Amber now knows that it’s her responsibility to educate her daughter about sex.
“I would never want to be stuck in my situation that I’m in right now,” Amber tells HollyBaby.com exclusively. “You can only blame your parents, guardians, the people that raised you. That is me as a mom, the way that I feel is if Leah gets pregnant at the age of 16, that is my fault for not educating her, because I was not educated.”
Amber will also let Leah watch Teen Mom when she’s older so that Leah can learn from Amber’s story. “I’m not going to make her watch the seasons, but I will make sure to tell her what her life was that we were apart of when she was younger,” says Amber. “I don’t feel like I need to keep it a secret from my daughter when Teen Mom sends out a great message no matter what anybody wants to criticize it for.”
“I don’t see in any which way or form how my story could ever glamorize teen pregnancy,” continues Amber. “If I hadn’t had a kid and I was watching it at that age — 14, 15, 16 — and I saw my story, personally I would stay the h*ll away from any p*nis possible. I’d jump right on birth control.”
Amber wants Leah to make better choices than she did as a teenager. “She will learn from my mistakes,” she explains. “I think that’s a mentality every parent should [have], but what’s very sad is that that’s not the case.”
So how does Amber plan to guide her daughter away from the wrong decisions? Amber says that it’s important for parents to have good communication with their kids and advise them on the consequences of certain choices. “You know how I did it [got pregnant as a teen]? Because I kept it a secret!” she shares. “You know why? Because I didn’t want my mom to know. You need trust with your daughter. You need trust with your son.”
Amber already is fostering an open relationship with Leah. “Me and Leah — at the age of two — have a communication already which is so insane,” explains Amber. “You know who it’s up to make sure that you live your life the right way? Your parents, that’s who it is up to.”
“I was never educated on the fact of sex until I was 14-15 — but sex was already introduced to me earlier than that,” adds Amber. So “I will take full responsibility if my daughter ever gets pregnant.”
- Lindsey DiMattina
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