Though Vaeda and Rya are too young to fully grasp the concept, noted Catelynn, Nova spent their most recent visit this summer, “being like, ‘Why can’t you come spend the night at my house? Why can’t I come spend the night at your house? I don’t want to leave,'” recalled the MTV personality. “It’s definitely hard.”
But like any tough subject she and husband Tyler encounter—on a recent episode of Teen Mom: The Next Chapter (Wednesdays, 8 p.m.) they broached the topic of sexual abuse and the importance of bodily autonomy—”We explain things to them, truthfully, authentically, and to their age levels,” said Catelynn.
Kids in general, added Tyler, are “a lot smarter than people really give them credit for. And if you explain things to them from a really basic standpoint, they go ‘Oh, okay, cool,’ and they just run off. And then, like, 10 minutes later, they’re playing with Barbies.”