My new favorite show is Glee, Fox’s hit show about a high school show choir. It’s over-the-top campy fun featuring teenage angst, a teen pregnancy and musical numbers to die for. It’s also a great show to watch with my boys.
Take this week’s episode. Head cheerleader (and president of the Chastity Club), Quinn, is pregnant. Her boyfriend, Finn, is overwhelmed but trying hard to do the right thing. But as the dad-to-be, his options are limited. Being the Dad, he says, means you have all of the worry and none of the control.
As a Mom-of-boys, I’ve often thought about the dilemma faced by teen dads. When a boy gets a girl pregnant, that child is his too, yet his vote is almost never decisive. She is the one carrying the child and therefore the one to decide the fate of the pregnancy. The teenage daddy is in a truly powerless position.
So we talked about that. We talked about the fact the if a boy gets a girl pregnant, he has very little say in what happens next. We talked about the fact that whatever happens, the boy’s life will be forever altered. Soon, we’ll talk about better decisions boys can make in advance, to avoid such a powerless position.
It was an important conversation, and one that was more meaningful because the boys clearly saw the pain on Finn’s face as he pondered the future of his child. As Boy #2 says,” Who says you can’t learn anything from TV?”