Another ‘Teen Mom’ Gets A Tattoo To Honor A Child She’s Not Raising

Most of the girls on MTV’s Teen Mom aren’t going to win any parenting awards. However, I think we can all agree that two of the ladies (a term I use loosely, very loosely) take the cake when it comes to awful parenting. Those two are obviously Amber Portwood and Jenelle Evans. Portwood has spent time in jail for abusing her boyfriend in front of her child. Now, Amber’s little girl is with her father while Portwood is in a California rehab facility with a camera crew in tow. Jenelle became the “Amber” of her season when she was arrested for brutally attacking another girl. Currently, she’s facing a trip to prison for violating probation by testing positive for THC. Her mother raises her son, Jace.

These young ladies have more in common than arrest records and irresponsibility. In an extremely odd trend for mothers who don’t actually raise their children, they both have tattoos honoring the little ones. Amber made news last year for tattooing a picture of her daughter’s face on her stomach. Jenelle has followed suit, tattooing her son’s name on her wrist on a recent trip to California.

Listen, I have a tattoo. It’s a small, cliched lily that none of you will ever see. I have no problem with tattoos. And I have no problem getting a tattoo in honor of your children.

What I find ridiculous is getting a tattoo to honor a person that you don’t even care enough about to raise. Amber and Jenelle are getting tattoos because their children are important to them? Well instead of ink, maybe you should try taking some responsibility. Clean up your act, get your life together, and take care of your kids. I think they’ll appreciate that a lot more than their name or image permanently engraved on your skin.

If you’re child means so much to you that you feel the need to brand your body, they should mean enough to get clean for. They should mean enough to straighten up for. They should mean enough that you won’t make everyone around you pick up the slack and care for the child that you brought into this world.

I’m not the first to find this tattoo nonsense ridiculous. When Amber got her tattoo, The Gloss let her know that it didn’t make up for terrible parenting. Then Jenelle pulls the same stunt. If this is becoming a trend, terrible mothers get tattoos to prove their love, I want to let all of those girls know, being a responsible and caring parent is the best way to love and honor your child.

(Photo: Daily News)

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  • Rachel

    I think it should be noted that the only exception to the “Well instead of ink, maybe you should try taking some responsibility.” statement is the really sweet tattoos Caitlin and Tyler got in honour of their daughter Carly when they chose adoption.

    • Lindsay Cross

      You are COMPLETELY correct! Caitlin and Tyler made an extremely difficult choice to give their daughter a better life. I can understand getting a tattoo to remember her. But the other two chose to have their children and then failed to parent them. They put partying and immaturity ahead of their children. So it makes me frustrated to see them get a tattoo and pretend it counts as love.

  • Kathleen

    Rachel… by choosing adoption for their daughter.. they did the ‘taking some responsibility’ thing… therefore, in my opinion… no need for the exception. I do agree they are worth mentioning..

  • Wolfmother

    I find it both sickening and laughable that either one of them had the nerve to tattoo the names of their children on their bodies when they clearly have no interest in being decent people or decent parents. They’re disgusting individuals.

  • ban reality tv

    The show shouldn’t be called “teen mom”, but maybe “teen stupid b1tch”. These dirtbags probably got knocked up just to try to get on the show. They’ll never show a happy ending to a teen pregnancy, like a young lady I know. She made the mistake when she was only about 15 or 16, had the baby, DIDN’T marry the guy, worked hard to finish high school and even finished college. Her daughter is now about 12, and mom met a nice guy and got married. They now have a 1 year old together. But you can’t sell a story about responsibility and hard work to MTV’s idiot audience, can you?

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