Against all odds, and with no support from her family and baby daddy, Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry has truly pulled her life together.
In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Kailyn candidly talked about the difficulties of juggling parenting with everyday life as a teen, her pride in her adorable son Isaac and shared some sage advice to young wanabee parents: “Watch Teen Mom And Think… Is It Worth it?”
The young mom has found an attentive new boyfriend, moved into her own home, enrolled in college and even started working – but it’s been, and continues to be, a tough struggle to just keep her head above water and give her son all she believes he deserves.
RadarOnline: What has been the most difficult part of being a teen mom?
Kailyn: I find it hard to narrow one thing down to be the most difficult. Finances, time management plus finishing school are all tough when you have a baby. I want to give Isaac everything he deserves but it is difficult.
RadarOnline: What is the most rewarding part of this experience?
Kailyn: The most rewarding part of all of this is having such a happy, carefree baby. All of Isaac’s milestones are being documented. I’m also hoping that because of this experience Isaac will be able to look back on it and see what I went through for him and how much I’ve always loved him.
RadarOnline: As time passes, are things getting easier or more challenging as a new mom?
Kailyn: As time goes on some things become easier and some things become more difficult. Time management is easier because Isaac and I have more and more of a routine schedule but as he gets older there are more expenses and I’m getting more anxious about settling down with someone like a real family.
RadarOnline: What is a typical day for you?
Kailyn: On a typical day Isaac and I get up to eat, get ready for school and I take him to the baby sitter. After school I either pick up Isaac and take him home or I go to work. By the end of the week I wonder where the time went and sometimes I feel because I focus really hard on making a great life for Isaac, that I may not have spent enough time with him.
RadarOnline: What is Isaac doing now? Any cute milestones?
Kailyn: Isaac is 13 months. Walking, trying to talk, saying mom, dad, ball. He also has 8 teeth.
RadarOnline: It’s been difficult to make ends meet financially, how are you doing?
Kailyn: I am getting rent assistance but putting myself through school, buying food, diapers, toiletries, electric, clothes, wipes etc is all out of pocket.
RadarOnline: Who has been your biggest supporter during this experience?
Kailyn: My boyfriend Jordan deserves all the credit for helping me through everything. He’s the first person to remind me every day that one day all these struggles will pay off. Isaac will appreciate everything in the future so much more because of this.
RadarOnline: What are the most important things you have learned from having a child at such a young age?
Kailyn: The most important thing I’ve learned is that time flies and you only have your youth ONCE, enjoy everything you can because you never realize how much fun you’re having until you have a baby and you’re no longer carefree.
RadarOnline: What is your advice to other teen moms and teens in general?
Kailyn: My advice to other teen moms is- get birth control so you can focus on you and your child(ren) and not worry about anything else. Teens in general- If you’re going to have sex at all, you need to protect yourselves. Watch Teen Mom and think, is it worth it?
You can watch Kailyn’s developing drama in full, and catch up on all the latest on the other teen moms, Leah Messer, Chelsea Houska and Jenelle Evans on Teen Mom 2 airing Tuesday, March 1st, on MTV 10pm/9c.
Interview conducted by Adriane Schwartz, reporter for RadarOnline.com.