Is she messing up?
Every action that a parent takes will affect their child one way or another. This is a huge amount of responsibility for anyone, let alone a teenager. But as the Teen Mom cast have gotten older and more mature, they’ve started to realize how important their parenting choices are.
When Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra first realized they were pregnant as teenagers, they knew they weren’t equipped to raise a child. They decided to place their daughter Carly up for adoption to prevent her from having the same difficult childhood that they had.
But when they chose to have another child, Nova, they knew they could provide something more stable. Is that stability shifting now?
As Catelynn Lowell continues to work through her own childhood trauma, she’s concerned about the effects her life will have on her daughter. In fact, she thinks she may be traumatizing Nova!
Catelynn Lowell‘s childhood was extremely difficult, and it’s something she works through on a daily basis. Between her father abandoning her and her mother fighting addiction, she had a lot of trauma that she is finally getting help for. In fact, she recently revealed that this trauma is part of the reason why she went into a rehab center for suicidal thoughts.
Ironically, it’s her treatment that she thinks may be continuing the cycle. Catelynn has been in and out of rehab for several months, leaving her daughter Nova in the care of her husband Tyler Baltierra. Even though Catelynn is getting help, her decision isn’t the most popular among fans.
Catelynn has made some controversial choices about the way she explains her treatment to Nova. Fans were critical when she decided to drop Nova off at school the day she returned to rehab, essentially disappearing without giving Nova any warning. According to Tyler, when he brought up concerns about their daughter, Catelynn simply said “[Nova] will manage.”
Now, Catelynn is grappling with the idea that she may be traumatizing her daughter the same way her parents traumatized her. In a sneak peek of the Teen Mom OG reunion, Catelynn spills her thoughts to Dr. Drew.
In the clip, Catelynn fights back tears about her daughter. “When I was in treatment, I struggled with the fact of like… You know, ‘Am I putting her through the same stuff that my parents put me through? Traumatizing her?”
“It’s different though, right?” asks Dr. Drew, and Catelynn replies, “I’ve learned that but it still scares me.”
Dr. Drew offers to frame it for her in a different way. “The pain you’re feeling is not your daughter’s, it’s yours,” he says. “The deep pain you’re feeling is your pain, not hers.” Luckily, Catelynn agreed, taking some of the guilt from her shoulders.