On the upcoming season of Teen Mom Family Reunion, viewers will watch as moms from the Teen Mom franchise tackle parenting like never before.
While most of the focus throughout the last decade has been on the moms parenting their own children, Season 2 of ‘Teen Mom Family Reunion’ will allow viewers to see the moms tackle the (sometimes) complicated relationships with their own moms through team-building exercises and honest conversations, facilitated by life coach Dr. Cheyenne Bryant, aka Coach B.
Catelynn Lowell, Kiaya Elliott and Jade Cline are a few of the cast members who brought their moms along for Season 2 to work through issues, learn from past mistakes and, ideally, form stronger bonds with one another.
For Cate, whose turbulent relationship with mom April Baltierra was first televised–- rather infamously–- on 16 and Pregnant, she told Insider that “growing up in addiction” is the reason she chooses to run a strict household that “is literally chaos-free.”
“It’s super chill and calm,” Cate said. “I grew up with an alcoholic mother, so I’m very strict.”
Cate said in order to ensure that her daughters feel safe in their home, she doesn’t drink in front of them, nor does she allow wild parties to be held at her house.
“It’s a sad reality of growing up in addiction, but I want my home to feel like a safe place for my children.”
As for Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant star Kiaya, she said her mom Tiffany would throw a sandal at her whenever she’d get in trouble as a child. Instead of doing the same with her own son, Amour, Kiaya practices “gentle parenting” by talking to her four-year-old and teaching him how to vocalize his feelings.
“If he’s being impatient, I say, ‘Do you remember the word patience?’ and he’ll say, ‘Yeah, it means wait.’ I say, ‘OK, so do that,’” Kiaya explained. “I’m trying to be a little more communicative.”
Another mother-daughter duo who have frequently battled it out on-screen since joining the ‘Teen Mom’ franchise are Jade Cline and her mom, Christy Smith. According to Jade, her mom’s approach to parenting has served as a lesson in what not to do with her own daughter.
“I learned throughout my childhood what not to do and how to be a better parent and show affection,” she said. “I remember growing up, we would have to go outside and pick out a switch to get our ass whooped, and I could never imagine doing that with my daughter.”
Christy’s unreliability and substance abuse issues have plagued her relationship with Jade countless times on ‘Young and Pregnant,’ Teen Mom 2 and more recently on Teen Mom: The Next Chapter. While the two are in a seemingly better place than they were when Jade was younger, Jade is still learning to accept that she and Christy are “just different people.”
“You think as an adult, you and your mom become best friends,” she said. “With me and my mom, so much has happened that we just never got there. I’m trying to accept that we’re just different people. Not every mom and daughter are going to be BFFs.”
Like Jade, Cate said there’s room for improvement in her relationship with her mom. In fact, Cate said she’s accepted that “there’s always going be work that needs to be done.”
“I don’t know if we’ll ever be super, super close but who knows,” she added.
Season 2 of ‘Teen Mom Family Reunion’ premieres Tuesday, January 3, on MTV.