Friday, February 3, 2012

Jamie Lynn Spears Reminds Us to be Ourselves

I never saw the younger Spears sister’s TV show when she was a teenager, but because of who her big sister was, I heard all about her teenage pregnancy.
And then we really didn’t hear much from Jamie Lynn after that. Oh sure, we saw the occasional photo of her and her daughter Maddie. Or saw some tabloid headline about her problems with the baby’s daddy, Casey Aldridge. But for the most part, Spears decided to disappear into a small town and take care of her daughter.
Glamour magazine shares an impressive as-told-to interview with the young mom this month as she prepares to turn 21 and launch a singing career.
She shines the light on what is so important to remember about the Teen Mom reality shows; motherhood is not a bed of roses where you coddle and coo about a baby all day.

“When I saw MTV’s Teen Mom was coming out, I remember thinking, Oh my God, I cannot wait to see this show because there’s someone else out there. I mean, I feel for those girls. I’ve been that girl. It does show that motherhood is hard. There were so many times—especially when Maddie would get sick—when I would cry to myself and think, I really don’t know what to do. It takes bravery to be a young mom, and it does take bravery to let the world watch.”
With the majority of Celebrity Momsters being older, Spears may be able to address the younger moms who feel lost.

“I’m more honest in my lyrics than I am in anything else. It’s where I feel the most safe to express myself. I write about growing up, my family, Maddie and getting pregnant. If I’ve lived it, why wouldn’t I talk about it? I guess that’s been the coolest thing—realizing that it’s OK to just be myself and really tell my story.”
Encouragement to other young mothers that their experience is valid and important to be expressed would be a very positive result from Spears’ life story.

Of course, for any aged mother, this is a reminder to be proud of who we are, regardless of our “story” and to be willing to share our uniqueness with the world.

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