Now that Jenelle has completely turned her life around, it’s time for the ‘Teen Mom 2’ star to take back full legal custody of her son, Jace.
On season 5B of Teen Mom 2, we watched as Jenelle Evans, 22, struggled with the idea of taking her son, Jace Evans, now 5, back from her mom, Barbara Evans. Fans of the show have been torn on whether or not Jenelle is ready, but here’s why I think it’s time for her to take Jace back and finally move on with her life.
‘Teen Mom 2’s Jenelle Is More Than Ready To Take Back Jace
Alright, let’s be honest: the Jenelle Evans we saw on Teen Mom 2‘s 5th season is not the same Jenelle Evans we’ve watched on previous season.
During the first half of season five (taped around April 2013), Jenelle separated from her troublesome husband, Courtland Rogers, moved back in with her mom, and sobered up.
Soon after cleaning up her act, Jenelle met her boyfriend, Nathan Griffith, on a dating app in May 2013. The two quickly fell in love, and before Jenelle’s mom, Barbara, could blink, Jenelle moved out of the house and rented a place with Nathan. Maybe it wasn’t the best move, but that was what she wanted — and over a year later, in Sept. 2014, they are still together and in the same house.
Not to mention, Jenelle quickly enrolled in school, and has been working hard and keeping her grades up so that she can further her education and work on providing for her children one day.
A few months after moving in with Nathan, Jenelle got pregnant with her second child. The couple were more than thrilled to have a baby together, and while her fans didn’t think she was ready, they were definitely wrong. Kaiser Griffith was born on June 30, 2014, and he’s probably the cutest baby ever.
While all of this was going on, Barbara slowly but surely let Jenelle spend more and more time with her first son, Jace. It started with outings and play dates, but soon Jace was sleeping over (he has his own room at Jenelle and Nathan’s house), and then her visitations were escalated to sleepovers.
Towards the end of season 5B, Jenelle and Nathan talked about nothing else but having Jace living with them. During the season finale, Barbara finally agreed that it was time to give Jace back — but over time, in a slow transition that would be appropriate for him.
While some fans were thrilled to see Jenelle get her son back, others were outraged at Barbara’s decision. But why?
Jenelle Is Sober, In School, & Has Fixed Her Relationship With Jace
Jenelle has more than proven that she is capable of being a responsible adult. Sure, her and Nathan have experienced some bumps in the road over time, but when it comes down to it — they are still together. And, most importantly, they work on their issues together.
I would also like to point out that Jenelle has not touched heroin in over a year. That is a huge milestone for her, and not just a huge step in the right direction — it’s a gigantic leap.
Jenelle has spent the past year fixing her bond with Jace. Slowly but surely, the more time she spent with him the more he came to rely on her. Their bond is stronger now than it has ever been before, and it’s time for her to be able to care for him as his mother.
Despite her and Nathan’s arguments, which is normal for anyone in a relationship, not once has Jenelle backtracked into her troublesome behavior. She divorced Courtland, she’s stayed out of trouble, off of drugs, and her focus right now is being a mother to Kaiser and Jace.
Quite frankly, I’m so happy for Jenelle. Her growth in such a short period of time is phenomenal, and while many viewers choose to hold her mistakes against her, I believe that everyone deserves another chance. Jenelle is no exception.
Tell me, HollywoodLifers — Do YOU think Jenelle is ready to take Jace back? Tell me why or why not by commenting below!
— Lauren Cox