There's another new show in the surprisingly popular genre of teen pregnancy reality programming. After a well-received premiere on TLC last weekend, "High School Moms" airs tonight at 10pm on Discovery Fit & Health. The six-episode series will air on both networks, TLC on Sundays, DFH on Thursdays, both days at 10pm.
Viewers of teen pregnancy shows may feel like they've seen it all before - the challenges of too-early parenting, the relationship turmoil that so often ensues, the battles and triumphs of being a teen mom, etc. - but they haven't seen it quite like this. "High School Moms" focuses on the students and staff at Denver's Florence Crittenton High School - a public high school serving 120 pregnant and parenting girls. Which means that education is as much a theme as baby daddy drama or arguments with mom.
That's terribly important given that childbearing is a leading cause of high school dropouts for girls in the U.S. It's also quite eye-opening to see how such a school functions and thrives as it serves this particularly needy population. As you may have heard recently not all schools meet these challenges appropriately...
It's also interesting to watch the young mothers and mothers-to-be on "High School Moms" struggle with something so relatable and age-appropriate - school - at the same time they are dealing with issues better suited to women twice their age. There aren't any easy answers or fairytale endings for these girls (or their babies) but there is a lot to discuss and think about after watching their stories. To help with that, we've teamed up with Discovery Fit & Health to produce discussion guides for parents and teachers.
Tune in and let us know what you think!