Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley are normalizing discussions about intercourse — and beginning control — for their 14-calendar year-previous daughter, Leah.
On the Wednesday, August 23, episode of Teenager Mom: The Future Chapter, Leah spoke candidly with her dad about heading on start management to control her period of time after visiting the health care provider. Gary, for his element, talked to wife Kristina Shirley and ex Amber, 33, about Leah’s selection.
“[The doctor] described to me, how to, like, get it,” Leah told Gary, 36, in their dialogue, which Gary later informed Amber that Leah was Alright with filming. “She gave me a full discuss about every thing.”
Just after Gary confirmed with his eldest daughter that she was not yet thinking about possessing intercourse, he bought genuine with Leah about what it was like for him and her mom when Amber bought expecting at 17. (Amber and Gary welcomed Leah in November 2008.)
Noting that Amber had previously dropped out of faculty prior to she acquired pregnant, Leah asked her father, “So I didn’t mess everything up?” Gary reassured her that if any individual “mess[ed] something up” it was him and Amber — not Leah.
“I can guard you better if I know additional,” he additional, encouraging Leah to chat to him in the long term about her relationship everyday living.
“Well, I would absolutely go talk to Kristina first. It just tends to make feeling ‘cause she’s a lady and probably understands additional factors from the position of see I have,” she responded, laughing: “And then we’d almost certainly come across a way to inform you.”
Amber, for her component, agreed with Leah’s decision when Gary called to inform her the information.
“I desire my mom would’ve considered about that when I was like, laying on the ground cramping and dying [from my period] at that age,” she mentioned.
In a confessional, Amber stated that she “feel[s] better” that Leah will be on birth command. “She’s smart and she understands … what intercourse is and to wait,” Amber mentioned, voicing her delight that it doesn’t look like Leah will observe in her footsteps.
“For me, being a younger, teenage mother, the statistic is typically that it’ll materialize to your young children,” Amber claimed. Gary, for his aspect, instructed his ex that he was “glad [Leah] will not be like us.”
Amber and Leah have had a tough relationship above the yrs owing to Amber’s psychological health struggles, substance abuse concerns and jail stint.
During a February episode of Teen Mom Relatives Reunion, Amber confessed that her periodic absences from Leah’s lifetime was not the greatest matter for her daughter. “I was not undertaking every thing that I could with Leah. Now, so a lot has modified,” she revealed. “Back in the day I considered staying absent was the very best thing to do for Leah and it basically just absolutely backfired a couple years later on.”
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Amber — who dropped custody of 5-year-outdated son James in 2022 — additional: “There is almost nothing that I will ever be able to do to correct any of that stuff but I just have to maintain going.”