Over time, we now have heard numerous dialog about whether or not Teen Mother is exploiting children.
That’s no shock. Exploiting the real-world drama and struggling of youngsters — significantly, pregnant teenagers after which teen mother and father — is the entire premise of the franchise.
Has that exploitation handed on to their children? Properly, in some instances, actually. However some instances are higher than others.
Life coach Dr. Cheyenne Bryant (you recognize, Coach B) is instantly addressing followers’ considerations.
The title of this franchise is a complete misnomer. The mother and father haven’t been teenagers for a very long time. And the present additionally spends time on the Teen Mother solid’s companions and oldsters and exes. There’s loads of speak in regards to the children.
Generally we see Leah Shirley, daughter of Amber Portwood.
Usually, we see Maci Bookout’s son, Bentley. These aren’t little children anymore. They’re sufficiently old to have actual discussions, and even on-screen remedy periods, about their lives and their respective households.
Followers have apprehensive for years that these on-screen moments are exploiting the solid’s youngsters for TV rankings.
And, particularly, many fel that it’s straight-up inappropriate to even contact the kids’s remedy periods.
Remedy periods are non-public by nature. Youngsters’s remedy periods much more so.
With that in thoughts, the nice of us over at The Ashley spoke to Dr. Cheyenne “Coach B” Bryant in regards to the on-screen remedy and extra.
“I think that if it’s not done in a very protective, safe space way, it can [be exploitive] to film on-camera,” Dr. Bryant acknowledged.
Nevertheless, she added: “As long as the environment is safe… If not, it could be something that could cause damage.”
Dr. Bryant then emphasised: “It just has to be done right and be done very delicately.”
A part of doing it the appropriate means, she says, contains numerous off-camera steps to guard the kids.
“I make sure Bentley always has a safe space,” Dr. Bryant shared.
“Bentley and I always pre-brief before we film, and we de-brief after,” she detailed.
“We have a full session on what filming will be like,” Dr. Bryant famous.
“What he’s comfortable speaking about,” she detailed. “What is he uncomfortable speaking about.”
“We also have a non-verbal cue that he is allowed to give me when he’s in a space where he’s feeling unsafe or uncomfortable,” Dr. Bryant revealed.
“Or,” she continued, “he doesn’t want to go down that route while we’re filming.”
Coach B added: “So I have gone above and behind to make sure Bentley — and whoever I am filming with who’s a minor… is very protected.”
“And,” Dr. Bryant went on, “that they trust me and that I’m advocating and showing up for them within their comfort zone.”
She additionally defined why Bentley is so prepared to look on digital camera to debate these points.
“Bentley is such a young man with a big heart that he usually says yes [to filming],” Dr. Bryant described.
“… But he also is mature enough to know where he needs to be reserved,” she noticed.
“And,” Dr. Bryant added, “what he does not want to talk about or what the viewers are not privy to.”
“Maci and I make sure we have this conversation with Bentley,” she famous.
“And,” Dr. Bryant then introduced, “we totally leave it up to Bentley to say if he wants to or not to film.”
“Maci checks in with me before Bentley films ever, and Maci and I have a full session just discussing what that looks like,” she dished.
“We both — her first as the mother — ask Bentley if he’s OK with filming and is comfortable with filming?” Dr. Bryant added. “And if he is, we do. If he’s not, we don’t. There have been times that Bentley has said no and we did not film.”
She added that this is applicable to different children as nicely. Moreover, she is all the time ensuring that issues are okay.
“I have to make sure I’m very aware of the non-verbal cues. I check in a lot, [asking them], ‘Are you OK? Is this OK with you? Do you feel comfortable talking about this? If not, I’ve got your back. We can stop,’” Dr. Bryant defined.
“That is not for the cameras and that’s why they don’t show that part on the show,” she shared. “That is for Bentley or whatever adolescent is filming on-camera.”