Levi Johnston Says Sarah Palin Knew Bristol Was Having Sex
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"I'm pretty sure she probably knew," Johnston told Tyra Banks in an interview that airs Monday. "Moms are pretty smart." Johnston also told Banks that he and Bristol Palin practiced safe sex "most of the time."
Which is different, of course, from practicing abstinence all of the time.
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I'm having a hard time reconciling all the pieces here. Governor Palin is a vocal advocate of abstinence-only sex education, but she let her teen age daughter share a room with her boyfriend. And while we only have Johnston's word that the Governor knew the kids were having sex, I would have to say that he's probably right -- moms are smart, especially moms of girls, especially about stuff like this. In fact, when smart moms want our kids to be abstinent, we do things like, oh, I don't know, say no when a boyfriend wants to sleep over and share a bed with our daughter.
But that's not all.
I also find myself wondering why on earth Levi Johnston thought it was a good idea to spill the beans about this whole sleepover thing on "The Tyra Banks Show" -- does he think this will win Bristol back, or make her family like him more? He told "Good Morning America" that he and Bristol called off their engagement because "it's just us not, me not being mature enough, or something, and having a kid." I agree -- he's not mature enough to be making decisions about sex, clearly. And also possibly about what to say to the media.
I feel for Bristol and Levi; they've got a hard road ahead of them, both as young parents and as media magnets, and clearly they haven't been getting very good guidance from the adults in their lives. It's our job as parents to help our teens mature into responsible people, and sometimes that means saying no -- to sex and to interviews.