MTV treated viewers to three "Being Teen Mom" specials last night, because all of us have been wondering just what Farrah Abraham is up to these days.
All of us who have missed the tabloid articles, music videos, sex tapes (plural), talk show interviews and other reality shows featuring her, that is.
In that sense, give MTV credit. This wasn't a look inside Farrah Abraham - James Deen already gave us that ... WHAT?! - but a glimpse at her daughter's life.
Has Farrah completely screwed up her Sophia's life like you might assume?
[On daughter Sophia] I have my own life and [I'm] doing [my] own thing. She has her own life and she does her own thing.
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The surprising answer to that question - notwithstanding the pacifier shoved into the girl's mouth AT AGE FOUR - is probably not as much as you'd think.
Call her what you want, but the now-22-year-old puts in the time and effort.
Farrah gets her ready for school, spends car rides quizzing her on math problems, puts her in time out when the situation calls for it. Just like any mom!
It certainly SEEMS like Sophia Abraham has a pretty normal life for a toddler, filled with preschool and dance class and a bedroom of stuffed animals.
This isn't to say all is well in the life of the Abraham girls, however.
In Farrah's "office," she has a giant Girls & Corpses magazine cover and even a shot of the cover of the sex tape she often pretends ruined her life.
Sophia spends time in this office, mind you, which is just weird.
She also has her own tanning booth in the house. Totes normal.
Abraham deserves credit for trying to be a good mom; the level of effort she puts in is something a lot of us might not have realized had it not been for this.
The perception that Sophia does her own thing and that Farrah neglects and ignores her is at least partially off base. The reality star is very much involved.
However, she clearly doesn't see the potential long-term impact of her near-term decision-making and how Sophia is likely to be affected down the line.
Case in point: Asked about Sophia learning about the Farrah Abraham sex tape, she says no one would bring up her sex life to her kid unless they're "sick and twisted."
Right. That will totally never happen to Sophia. Ever.
There's also the broader consideration of setting an example a young person can emulate. If Sophia looks at her mom's lifestyle choices .... look out.
But hey. She's trying, people. She's trying.