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 Happy Mother’s Day From MTV’s Cutie-Pie Kiddos 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Abraham Lincoln — a man credited with leading the United States through the Civil War — once said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” And you know what? We would have to agree. Whether they’re changing their babies’ diapers or supporting their adult children through every new endeavor, mothers are the backbones of many families, and we at MTV, who are completely familiar with their talents, want to give a little bit of thanks to all those matriarchs out there.

This Mother’s Day (it’s Sunday, for those of you who’ve flaked on your 1-800-FLOWERS order), we’re honoring some of MTV’s finest female caretakers. Maci Bookout of “Teen Mom,” for example, whose son, Bentley, is one of four tots featured in our very own card above, sets an incredible example for little B through her patient coaching and teen pregnancy prevention efforts, as does Chelsea Houska of “Teen Mom 2,” who recently graduated from beauty school to make a better future for her little girl, Aubree. And they’re not the only ones worthy of a round of applause.

Snooki is so in love with her boy, Lorenzo, that she flew back home to New Jersey from L.A. every chance she got while competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” And if we’re talking about supermoms, we can’t not mention Kailyn Lowry-Marroquin, who prepared for a second son late last year while juggling wedding planning, a job and caring for her firstborn, Isaac. Very impressive!

Whether moms pass on their senses of humor to their kids, like Nikki Deloach of “Awkward,” or demonstrate the value of speaking up, like Kristin Cavallari, they are certainly deserving of more than a day to be admired.

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Lovingly yours, MTV.

Photos: Getty Images, Chelsea Houska’s Instagram, Kailyn Lowry’s Instagram, Maci Bookout’s Instagram
Design: Akiko Yamamoto

 Happy Mother’s Day From MTV’s Cutest Kiddos 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Abraham Lincoln — a man credited with leading the United States through the Civil War — once said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” And you know what? We would have to agree. Whether they’re changing their babies’ diapers or supporting their adult children through every new endeavor, mothers are the backbones of many families, and we at MTV, who are completely familiar with their talents, want to give a little bit of thanks to all those matriarchs out there.

This Mother’s Day (it’s Sunday, for those of you who’ve flaked on your 1-800-FLOWERS order), we’re honoring some of MTV’s finest female caretakers. Maci Bookout of “Teen Mom,” for example, whose son, Bentley, is one of four tots featured in our very own card above, sets an incredible example for little B through her patient coaching and teen pregnancy prevention efforts, as does Chelsea Houska of “Teen Mom 2,” who recently graduated from beauty school to make a better future for her little girl, Aubree. And they’re not the only ones worthy of a round of applause.

Snooki is so in love with her boy, Lorenzo, that she flew back home to New Jersey from L.A. every chance she got while competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” And if we’re talking about supermoms, we can’t not mention Kailyn Lowry-Marroquin, who prepared for a second son late last year while juggling wedding planning, a job and caring for her firstborn, Isaac. Very impressive!

Whether moms pass on their senses of humor to their kids, like Nikki Deloach of “Awkward,” or demonstrate the value of speaking up, like Kristin Cavallari, they are certainly deserving of more than a day to be admired.

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Lovingly yours, MTV.

Photos: Getty Images, Chelsea Houska’s Instagram, Kailyn Lowry’s Instagram, Maci Bookout’s Instagram
Design: Akiko Yamamoto

 5 Reasons Future + Kanye’s Video Game Sucks For Guys Too 

Reported by MTV Act.

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By Jazmyn Tuberville

Two men sit on a beach with all the power to pick whichever women they want by throwing gold chains at them and turning them into “trophies.” This is the premise of “I Won” the video game, and since its release on Future’s website last night, it has been described as “sexist,” “terrible” and “horrifying” by a number of outlets for its blatant objectification of women.

However, this game is problematic for far more reasons than just those on the surface. And, particularly for guys, it brings up a whole host of issues around what’s expected of a “real man.”

Here are five reasons that this game should piss guys off, too:

+ Being ‘That Guy’ Staring At Women

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Maybe you’ve heard about “male gaze,” which refers to the use of women’s bodies (in the case of Ye and Future’s video game — the half-naked women walking past on-screen) as a spectacle on display for men. The fact that the two men sit back on gold-plated thrones and literally turn women into prizes to be envied by others suggests a power dynamic in which men are aggressive and creepy. We know you’d actually prefer to go up and talk to a girl rather than just staring at her. Your mom definitely taught you better than that.

+ Throwing Things at Girls

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We pretty much all can say with confidence why throwing things at someone is wildly uncool — but it takes on a different level of gravity when a video game shows two men throwing heavy, gold chains at women, knocking them to the ground and turning them into inanimate objects. Not something I’m thinking most guys — or anyone — would be proud to admit they’ve done.

+ Objectification of Women

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Players earn a somewhat random number of points for each woman they hit. Once the women in the game do get hit by a flying gold chain, they’re now — with no spoken consent or mutual desire — the property of the man. Literally, they become an object in the guys’ possession. Cars and bling are one thing, but owning women? Nope. Not cool, man.

+ The ‘Gold Digger’ Stereotype

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What Drake did with ‘YOLO,’ Kanye did with “Gold Digger.” The video game tells guys that if “you throw expensive s at women, they can be yours” In other words, forget about having a personality or anything substantive, all you need is cash. However, in reality, two-thirds of women are the breadwinners of their families — so the gold digger stereotype should prob stay back in 2005, when Ye released his mega-hit.

+Macho/Masculine Stereotypes

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At the end of the 60 seconds in which players fling gold chains at women, they’re given a score on how many trophies they earned — a virtual pat on the back for getting so much action. Let’s be honest, IRL, women don’t necessarily always go for the ultra-macho, hyper-masculine guy. For example, Drake seems to be doing all right in the relationship department (Hello, Rihanna!) without being an over-the-top macho dude like the guys in this game.

For more on challenging hidden bias, head to MTV’s LookDifferent.org

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 Maci Bookout Honored For Her Efforts In Helping To Prevent Teen Pregnancy 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Maci Bookout, Sean Lowe and Vanessa Hudgens with their awards.

Over the years, Maci Bookout has made it her mission to help spread awareness about teen pregnancy, and on Wednesday’s thirteenth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the former “Teen Mom” cast member was recognized for her efforts. Along with actress Vanessa Hudgens and reality star Sean Lowe, the young mother was acknowledged at a Candie’s Foundation event in New York City.

“Blessed to be honored by the @candiesorg for my efforts in teen pregnancy prevention, on the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy,” the MTV alum posted on her Instagram page. “Means so much to me! xo #NoTeenPreg #NYC,” she added.

Every year, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy strives to draw attention to the issue of teen pregnancy and provide education on how best to deter it. Maci, as well as all of the young women who have appeared on  “16 and Pregnant” and the “Teen Mom” franchises, have had an incredible impact on the decline in teen births.

In research released earlier this year, experts found that one-third of the drop in teen births since 2009 can be attributed to the MTV series. They concluded that watching the struggles and heartaches of teenagers who became parents before they were ready demonstrates how difficult teen parenting can be, and discourages other youth from doing the same.

For more information on preventing pregnancy, head to MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life website.

Photo: The Candie’s Foundation Twitter

 Amber Portwood And Daughter Leah Pose For ‘Goofy’ Selfie 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Amber and Leah are a photogenic pair!

Kids…they grow up so fast.

Amber Portwood’s daughter, Leah, is no longer the little tot we saw on ”Teen Mom” — the vibrant 5-year-old is looking more and more like a big girl these days. While Amber is a fan of posting selfies, as well as sweet snoozing snapshots of her lil’ one, this is the first time in quite some time we’ve seen the beauties together in one frame.

“Me and booboo just being goofy…sending love everyone,” Amber tweeted yesterday, along with a heartwarming photo of the pair enjoying a cute cuddle. The young mom is giving her best kissy-face, while her little lady is looking away from the camera with an adorable wide-mouthed expression. Amber mini-me alert!

We last saw the mother-daughter duo in action on MTV’s catch-up special, “Being Amber,” in which they shared a loving reunion after Amber’s release from prison, and later celebrated Leah’s 5th birthday.

Keep the sweet snaps a comin’, ladies!

Photo: Amber Portwood’s Twitter

 Listen Up, Guys: Teen Pregnancy Isn’t Just About Teenage Moms 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a day to talk about things like birth control and other ways to keep unwanted pregnancies from happening. It’s also a day where you’ll hear a lot of statistics about teen moms, like how less than half of teen moms ever finish high school, and how many teen moms live well below the poverty line.

But where are all the stats about teen dads?

It takes two to tango, but most of the country and media’s dialogue on the issue of teen parenthood concentrates on women. Part of this is because of a (sexist) double standard, in which it’s seen as the girl’s sole responsibility to take care of birth control (I mean, seriously, why isn’t there a pill for guys yet?), and the guy is just being a guy (see: horny).

Part of it is also because, even though it takes two people to make a baby, time and again teen moms  do more of the childrearing than teen dads. On shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant,” the guys are so glaringly absent, that the message being communicated is that becoming a teen mom also means becoming a single teen mom. And unfortunately, this is actually pretty true. As of 2012, only 1 out of 4 teen fathers lived with their child’s mother at the time their child was born, and only 8 percent of teen dads were married to their child’s mother.

Looking up stats on teen parenthood, you can find plenty of specific numbers on how hard it is for a teen mom to finish college (let alone high school), advance her career path, and get out of the cycle of poverty. Same stats on teen dads? Basically nonexistent. In fact, when you do get stats on teen dads, they usually have to do with teen moms, too. For example, while we don’t have exact numbers, we do know that teen dads, like teen moms, are much less likely to graduate high school. They also tend to make less money than men who wait longer before deciding to become dads.

To top it off, teen dads are more likely to become dads again soon and before they get themselves fully on their own two feet: when they’ve reached their early 20s, about half of teen dads have had a second baby. Lack of stats on teen dads is also tied to lack of resources and help for teen dads, which isn’t fair for any of us. Perhaps if there was more of a cautionary tale about the downsides of becoming a teen dad, more young men would feel the burden of responsibility and think twice before skipping birth control. But then again, you never know, because no one is really asking them.

I do remember being in seventh grade health class, and some teen parents came in to talk to us about not having kids before you’re ready. There were several young women and one young man. I remember being struck by how they all had the same expression: exhaustion. They all told the same stories about how stressed they were and how much they wished they weren’t in this situation. The guy was in the same boat as the girls: he talked about lack of sleep, diapers, not being able to chase his dreams. My teacher remarked about how unusual it was to have a teen dad speak up; I think she might have even said they’d never had a teen dad come to speak at the school before.

+ Read ’10 Things You May Not Know About Teen Pregnancy.

Raising a baby is hard, whether you’re a teen mom or a teen dad. Babies aren’t as constantly adorable and easy as they might look on TV. Kids who are born to older parents in stable relationships are also more likely to do well in life and not repeat a cycle of poverty. Studies have also shown time and again how beneficial dads are when it comes to raising a kid, and how important they are to their child’s well-being. The expectation – perpetuated by TV shows, music, and society generally, is only creating a low standard for teen dad’s to meet. According to ncsl.org, “teen fathers may pay less than $800 a year in child support, compounding financial difficulties for the parent responsible for day to day care. Teen fathers are often poor themselves; research indicates that they are also less educated and experience earning losses of 10 to 15 percent percent annually.”

So what does all this mean? It means it’s time to include dads more in the talk on teen parenthood, and it’s also important that both guys and girls are educated about and dedicated to using birth control, and have easy access to it. While it takes two people to get pregnant, it only takes one to prevent it. You can be that one– be bold and speak up!

Teenage guys need to be held accountable long before they become teenage dads.

Whatever your gender, if you’ve got Q’s about how birth control works, check out It’s Your (Sex) Life to get your answers. Teen parenthood is 100% preventable and you’ve got lots of options.

 Listen Up, Guys — Teen Pregnancy Isn’t Just About Teen Moms 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Today is National Day To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a day to talk about things like birth control and preventing unwanted pregnancies. It’s also a day where you’ll hear a lot of statistics about teen moms, like how less than half of teen moms ever finish high school, and how many teen moms live well below the poverty line.

But where are all the stats about teen dads?

It takes two to tango, but most of the country and media’s dialogue on the issue of teen parenthood concentrates women. Part of this is because of a (sexist) double standard, where somehow it’s seen as the girl’s sole responsibility to take care of birth control (I mean seriously, why isn’t there a pill for guys yet?) and the guy was just being a guy (see: horny).

Part of it is also because, even though it takes two people to make a baby, time and again teen moms tend to do more of the childrearing than teen dads. Watching shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant,” it seems like the guys are so glaringly absent that part of the norm of becoming a teen mom is also becoming a single teen mom. And unfortunately, this is actually pretty true. As of 2012, only 1 out of 4 teen fathers live with their child’s mother at the time their child is born, and only 8% of teen dads were married to their child’s mother.

Looking up stats on teen parenthood, you can find plenty of specific numbers on how hard it is for a teen mom to finish college (let alone high school), advance her career path, and get out of the cycle of poverty. Same stats on teen dads? Basically nonexistent. In fact, when you do get stats on teen dads, they usually have to do with teen moms, too. For example, while we don’t have exact numbers, we do know that teen dads, like teen moms, are much less likely to graduate high school. They also tend to make less money than men who wait longer before deciding to become dads.

To top it off, teen dads are more likely to become dads again soon and before they get themselves fully on their own two feet: when they’ve reached their early 20s, about half of teen dads have had a second baby. Lack of stats on teen dads is also tied to lack of resources and help for teen dads, which isn’t fair for any of us. Perhaps if there was more of a cautionary tale about the downsides of becoming a teen dad, more young men would feel the burden of responsibility and think twice before skipping birth control. But then again, you never know, because no one is really asking them.

I do remember being in seventh grade health class, and some teen parents came in to talk to us about not having kids before you’re ready. There were several young women and one young man. I remember being struck by how they all had the same expression: exhaustion. They all told the same stories about how stressed they were and how much they wished they weren’t in this situation. The guy was in the same boat as the girls: he talked about lack of sleep, diapers, not being able to chase his dreams. My teacher remarked about how unusual it was to have a teen dad speak up; I think she might have even said they’d never had a teen dad come to speak at the school before.

+ Read 10 Things You May Not Know About Teen Pregnancy.

Raising a baby is hard, whether you’re a teen mom or a teen dad. Babies aren’t as constantly adorable and easy as they might look on TV. Kids who are born to older parents in stable relationships are also more likely to do well in life and not repeat a cycle of poverty. Studies have also shown time and again how beneficial dads are when it comes to raising a kid, and how important they are to their child’s well-being. The expectation – perpetuated by TV shows, music, and society generally, is only creating a low standard for teen dad’s to meet. According to ncsl.org, “teen fathers may pay less than $800 a year in child support, compounding financial difficulties for the parent responsible for day to day care. Teen fathers are often poor themselves; research indicates that they are also less educated and experience earning losses of 10-15% percent annually.”

So what does all this mean? It means it’s time to include dads more in the talk on teen parenthood, and it’s also important that both guys and girls are educated about and dedicated to using birth control, and have easy access to it. While it takes two people to get pregnant, it only takes one to prevent it. You can be that one– be bold and speak up!

Teenage guys need to be held accountable long before they become teenage dads.

Whatever your gender, if you’ve got Q’s about how birth control works, check out It’s Your (Sex) Life to get your answers. Teen parenthood is 100% preventable and you’ve got lots of options.

 10 Things You May Not Know About Teen Pregnancy 

Reported by MTV Act.

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By Melissa Unger

Education is key when it comes to sexual health and avoiding teen pregnancy. Though teen pregnancy rates in the US declined 44% and teen birth rate 52% since the early 1990s, 3 in 10 girls still get pregnant by age 20. So it is not surprising teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. far outpaced those of other nations, according to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Moreover, according to their national survey, the organization found that 4 in 10 teens say they never thought about teen pregnancy.

Today, May 7th, is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. This day is sponsored by the not-for-profit group The National Campaign whose aim is to focus teens attention on the importance of avoiding too-early pregnancy and parenthood through an interactive online quiz. The quiz can be found at www.StayTeen.org and challenges teens to think carefully about what they might do “in the moment” through a series of “choose-your-own-adventures” type scenarios.

We caught up with Lauren Mann of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, to get some honest answers. She set the story straight from what is fact to what is fiction.

Here is a list of 10 things you might not know about teen pregnancy.

+ The Truth About Safe Sex and Safer Sex

Lauren says, “basically if you have sex…you can get pregnant.” She adds, “the only 100% effective way of not getting pregnant is not having sex, but if you are going to have sex you have to use an effective, reliable form of contraception. ”

+ You Can Always Say No

You don’t have to be a virgin to say no to a partner. Lauren points out, “just because you said yes [to sex] before doesn’t mean that you can’t say no now. Just because you have had sex in the past doesn’t mean that you have to have sex with every partner or every person you date in the future.”

+ Every Time Counts

So, if you’re having sex, Lauren says, “you have to use an effective reliable form of contraception every single time not just once, [or] not just most of the time, [but] every single time.” She adds, “If you have sex without using any type of contraception for a year there is an 85% chance of getting pregnant.”

+ Not Every Teen Is Doing It

Despite popular belief, Lauren says, “not everyone [every teen] is doing it [having sex]. You may think that everyone around you is doing it, but actually less than half of teens in high school have actually had sex, which means that half of teenagers are virgins.” Lauren stresses the notion of “staying teen”…[by] delay[ing] sex for as long as you can.

+ Guys Don’t Always Want To Have Sex

Lauren says that the truth about a guy’s libido is a lot different than we think. She says, “2 out of 3 teen guys say that they would rather have a relationship than sex. 1 in 5 guys have said that they have been pressured by a girl to go further sexually than they wanted to.” She added, “2 out of 3 guys agree would be okay with being in a relationship that doesn’t include sex, and more than half of sexually experienced guys would rather give up sex for a month than give up going online for a month.” She explains “nearly 3 out of 4 guys say they have more respect for girls who say no to sex, and 77% of teen guys say that sex can be intimating for guys among sexually active teen guys, and men, nearly half, say that they have had sex with someone and have regretted it afterwards”

+ The True about Birth Control

Lauren notes that there are a lot of myths when it comes to birth control. She say, “the pill is not completely effective from the first day you start taking it.” She adds, “you have to be on reliable form of contraception for a full month for it to start to become effective. So just because you took like 3 pills doesn’t mean that you can’t get pregnant, which is why if you just started the pill or the shot that you should definitely be using a second form of contraception, a barrier method, like condoms for the first few weeks. As for side effects, Lauren say birth control can’t make you fat or infertile. She stresses, “There is tons of contraceptive out there it is just about finding the right one for you. If you are uneasy about putting hormones in your body, there are kinds of barrier methods or non-hormonal methods of birth control out there. If you’re not good about remembering a pill, there are monthly types or yearly types that you don’t have to think about every day.”

+ When You Can Get Pregnant

Lauren points out the truth about getting pregnant. She says, “a lot of people think that you can’t get pregnant the first time [that you have sex] or that you can’t get pregnant during your period or you can’t get pregnant if you never had your period or you can’t pregnant if you’re standing up or if you’re in a hot tube. She points out again, that “basically if you have sex, any single time you have sex, you can get pregnant unless you are already pregnant.”

+ The Truth About Responsible Girls

In Lauren’s book, “just because a girl is on birth control or she carry condoms doesn’t means that she is even having sex. It just means that she is smart; she is being prepared.”

+ The Truth About The Effectiveness of Contraception

Lauren notes contraception is absolutely necessary when having sex, but the effectiveness depends on you. She says, “the male condom with perfect use is 98% effective, with typical use it is only 82% effective.” Lauren stresses that perfect use “means putting it on before you have sex, not starting to having sex then put[ting] on a condom…or taking it off in the middle.” With birth control, Lauren says, “the pill with perfect use [the] rate is more than 99% effective, but with typical use only 91% effective. She notes that perfect use includes never skipping a day and taking the pill at the same time of day every day.

+ Having A Baby Is Not The Answer

Lauren stresses having a baby does not strengthen a rocky relationship or make a guy stay in a relationship. She says, “that is not the case, a baby won’t make him stay.” She adds, “some teens think that having a baby [means] that a baby will love you unconditionally even if no one else does. [So] that is not a good reason to have a kid. Babies require more than love. They require money and energy and that is a 24/7, 365 yearlong commitment. It is more than just, this will be fun and this thing will love me forever.”

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 Amber Portwood Sets Troubled Teens Straight On ‘Maury’ 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Having gone to prison for violating probation surrounding a case of drug possession, Amber Portwood knows what it’s like to hit rock bottom. Fortunately, she also knows what it takes to get back up, and on today’s “Maury,” the former “Teen Mom” cast member appeared as a guest mentor for young girls who’ve flaunted their drug use and risky sexual behavior. Thankfully, Amber wasn’t afraid to show them some tough love.

During the episode, called “Sex and Drugs Are Going to Kill My Teenage Girls,” a group of mothers who were at the end of their ropes with their delinquent daughters pleaded with Maury for help in saving their girls’ lives. Instead of just lecturing the troubled teens himself, the talk show host invited Amber to the stage to share her own story of self-destruction, heartache and, ultimately, recovery.

“The pain I’ve experienced, you don’t even know,” Amber sternly told the girls, who said she acted out for years to get attention before wising up, putting herself behind bars and getting sober. “You don’t want that life right now.”

Alongside author and motivational speaker Raphael B. Johnson, Amber assured the girls that if their dangerous habits continued, they’d eventually be locked up, and with a trip to the New York City Rescue Mission — where Amber put them to work mopping floors and cleaning toilets — she began to get her point across. “I want you to know what could happen,” Amber warned, adding that she sometimes spent eight hours a night cleaning while in jail. “You’re not the biggest and baddest.”

At the end of the episode, Amber said she felt hopeful about the progress the young women had made, but we’ll have to wait and see if they stick to the straight and narrow on a future catch-up special. Tell us if you caught the episode, and check your local listings for future air times!

Photo courtesy of Maury’s Facebook

 Maci Bookout Practices Pop-Ups With Her Slugger Son, Bentley 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Maci Bookout poses with her little all-star, Bentley.

Now that spring has finally sprung, and Maci Bookout and her son, Bentley, are no longer forced to travel by sled, the former “Teen Mom” duo’s taking advantage of the warmer temps by really getting into America’s favorite pastime. To ensure Little B gets the most out of his very first baseball season, Maci guided him through some fundamentals yesterday, and considering 2014 marks Bentley’s premiere year in uniform, we have to say — we’re very impressed!

“Working on pop ups” Maci tweeted with this Keek video, in which she challenges Bentley to catch some high-flyers. Each time Bentley successfully gets his glove around the ball and tosses it back to his mom, Maci lobs the next a little higher, until her throws are practically scratching the clouds. We know Bentley previously had his sights set on being a stuntman, but it looks like he might just have a future in the big leagues ahead of him. Next lesson: proper sunflower seed-spitting etiquette!

Check out the clip, and tell us how you’re getting into baseball season!

Photo courtesy of Maci Bookout’s Instagram

 Catelynn Lowell And Tyler Baltierra Announce They’re Trying To Have A Baby! 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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On “16 and Pregnant,” after some incredibly emotional soul-searching, teenagers Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra decided to make an adoption plan for their daughter, Carly. In their eyes, they simply didn’t have the means to offer a child a suitable living environment, but they’ve grown up a ton in the five years since they appeared on the show, and now, both in their early 20s, Catelynn and Tyler have announced on Twitter that they’re trying to have a baby!

“I am an adult and I can tell when I’m ready and idc what ANYONE says I’m gonna do me! We ARE READY for a baby,” Catelynn posted yesterday, and also told InTouch that she and Tyler, who both have full-time jobs caring for developmentally disabled adults, are now a solid enough couple to take on the responsibility. “We’ve learned from what our parents did wrong,” she said. “Tyler and I own our own home, have two cars and actually have money to support a kid.”

Though Tyler called off the couple’s planned wedding while on VH1′s “Couple’s Therapy,” and he and Catelynn continued to sort through relationship issues on the recent “Teen Mom” follow-up special, “Being Catelynn,” 79 percent of Shows Blog readers who took our poll said they still think Catelynn and Tyler belong together, with reader damngina noting “They have all the big, tough commitments of a long-term relationship down.”

Tell us what you think of Cate and Ty’s big news!

 Selfless Snaps: Vinny Guadagnino’s Big-Ass Box Of Condoms Would Provide A Lot Of Protection IRL 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Vinny Guadagnino, of “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny,” is back on MTV, and this time it’s to talk about the importance of condoms!

But it’s no super-serious PSA he’s behind. Vinny has a fake condom ad (and a later cameo) in this video from MTV Other’s “Two Guys Named Josh.” He Tweeted:

Deciding that condom boxes are too small, the fake ad presents the solution: Vinny’s Big-Ass Box of Condoms. How big-ass? Well, there are 364 condoms in a box, and this number was picked on purpose. “That’s a condom for every day of the year, except one: Don’t have sex on Halloween,” he jokes. “That’s too scary.”

The ad may be for LOLs, but using condoms is def no joke. April is STD Awareness Month, and in our recent article “Common STD Myths Busted, Once + For All,” expert Meredith Mishel explained, “Male latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly — meaning EVERY time, and from start to finish — are highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV. They also reduce the risk of many other STDs. Condoms are also the only method that protects sexually active people from both STDs and pregnancy.”

If you ever have any Qs about condoms, like the best kind to use, the proper way to put them on, etc., you can check out It’s Your (Sex) Life. They have a special section explaining condoms, plus info on other forms of birth control. The ad might be fake, but the importance of protecting yourself can never be overstated!

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