Maci Bookout Leaving 'Teen Mom' For Bentley? 'I Don't Want To Steal His Childhood!'

Wed, July 20, 2011 9:41am EDT by 41 Comments

Will Maci go ahead with a heartbreaking decision to leave MTV behind? Should she? Would YOU?

It sounds like one of Teen Mom‘s tiniest tykes might not be gracing the small screen for much longer. Maci Bookout is worried about 2-year-old Bentley growing up in the spotlight and is thoughtfully planning out his exit from reality TV. Do you think she’s making the right choice?

“I don’t want to steal his childhood,” Maci, 19, tells Life & Style magazine. “I don’t know if being on TV in elementary school would be difficult for him. I want him to have a normal life.”

Although it might not be happening soon, Maci’s decision to leave behind her MTV life will be a difficult one, especially considering Bentley LOVES being on camera!

“He actually enjoys it,” Maci admits. “Bentley thinks it’s cool to watch himself on TV and to have the cameras around.”

But still, Maci knows that her $60,000 a season paycheck isn’t worth the risk of ruining her son’s childhood, especially when he is old enough to notice that his mommy and daddy, Ryan Edwards, are constantly fighting.

“I think there’ll come a time when he’ll be like, ‘Mom, we’re not normal! Why does everyone want to take my picture? Why does everyone know my name, but I don’t know them?'” Maci confesses. And although that time will be tough, Maci will decide what to do when Bentley’s concern arises, even if it will change her life.

“Without the show, I would have had to have a full-time job and be in school full-time, and I’d rarely get to spend time with Bentley,” Maci says. “It’s been difficult, but it’s also been a big blessing.”

Do you think Maci is doing the right thing by taking Bentley away from the cameras?

–Leigh Blickley

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