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 Happy 24th Birthday, Amber Portwood! You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby 

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Many people make spectacles out of their birthdays, but as long as Amber Portwood‘s surrounded by her loved ones, she’s good to go. The former “Teen Mom” cast member, who turns 24 today, took to Twitter last night to reflect on how far she’s come in the past few years, and considering that she was behind bars only seven months ago, she’s certainly got a lot to celebrate.

“I’m truly blessed to be free and healthy today…can’t wait for my future and enjoying my present..love,” Amber tweeted, adding that she plans to spend the day with those who have stuck by her through some tough times.

After being sentenced to five years in jail in June 2012 for violating probation surrounding a case of drug possession, Amber was released early from prison in November 2013 (a process documented in the “Being Amber special below), and has been striving for a cleaner, more peaceful life since. She even recently acted as a mentor for troubled teens — some of whom also abused drugs — on “Maury.” Turning the negatives into positives is totally admirable — there’s no pity party here!

Share your thoughts on how far Amber has come, and be sure to wish her a happy birthday!

 Happy Mother’s Day From MTV’s Cutest Kiddos 

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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 Cutie-Pie Kiddos 

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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

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

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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 

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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 Teen Moms 

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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.

 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.

 Amber Portwood Sets Troubled Teens Straight On ‘Maury’ 

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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 

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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! 

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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!

 Maci Bookout Pleads Her Case For ‘Dislike’ Buttons On Social Media 

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Maci Bookout has got some bones to pick with social media users.

In 2014, high school reunions are basically obsolete. Through the power of social media, you can learn the latest about old friends’ surprise engagements, births of first children or long-awaited promotions, but for all those happy, exciting announcements, there’s plenty of needless, mindless filler to match, and Maci Bookout wants to stop the madness. Or, at least be offered the courtesy of a “dislike” button.

In a blog entry the former “Teen Mom” cast member posted today, she lays down her gripes with certain social media users’ bad behavior, and pleads her case for why giving people an option to “thumbs-down” status updates and comments might actually do some good. After all, the Internet is not the place to air your own dirty laundry, post nonsense from the gym or attack our country’s best and brightest, she says, and the many offenders need to be told so!

“In my opinion, when people are publicly bashing our own leaders on social media platforms seen worldwide, it makes our country look weak,” she writes. “I find it quite embarrassing. Keep in mind: there is no line without a leader, no leader without a line.”

And for good measure, Maci continues, don’t post news stories even you don’t understand, think twice before WRITING IN ALL CAPS JUST TO GET ATTENTION and never, ever, ever, tag selfies of yourself “working.”

…which, we’ve never done…obviously…haha…what?…

+ See more of Maci’s argument about why a “dislike” button might help keep social media users in line, and tell us if you agree!

Photo: Maci Bookout’s Instagram

 Maci Bookout Breaks Down The Meanings Behind Her Many Tattoos 

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Maci Bookout shows off a subtle pencil tat on her right arm.

Some people prefer to keep the meanings behind their tattoos as private as their social security numbers, but Maci Bookout is coming clean about her vast body art. In a recent blog entry, the former “Teen Mom” cast member shared the inspiration for her more pronounced pieces — something she’s kept secret until now. From the word “bulletproof” etched into her right shoulder used to remind her of her strength, to a pencil on her forearm that represents her “weapon of choice,” Maci’s collection of ink truly tells a story about her life.

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Maci’s canvas.

“I think of them as pieces to my puzzle,” the young mother writes in her online diary. “No matter how big or small, they put me together. I love them, and I don’t give a damn if you love them or not.” One of Maci’s tats that’s hard to miss is a piece of notebook paper that spans the better part of her back and reads, “When my heart hurts worse than my head, that is when I will get scared…and that is when I will know, that it is worth it all.” She says the work reminds her of her love of writing. The name “Bookout,” which is inscribed toward the bottom of the sheet, uses three cupcakes as “O”-replacements to represent her mother, dad and brother. Fond memories of childhood birthdays, perhaps?

Oh, and just for a little bit of fun, Maci updated the panel to include the very same rubber duck that’s built into the “Teen Mom” logo. “Being on MTV was a huge part of my life, this was my way of incorporating that in to my back piece,” she notes.

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Maci’s ink pokes through the side of her cutoff shirt.

For more on Maci’s tats, including the meanings behind her pocket watch marking and “learn to feel” sentiment, take a look at her blog entry.

Photos: Colin Gray, Maci Bookout’s Instagram