On Second Thought: Episode 10

Trust me, it’s crazy to see your life on television. That’s why every week, I’m going to do a blog posts called “On Second Thought.” These posts are where I will go over the episodes of my Lifetime show as I process the issues presented now that I’ve seen them aired.  I hope you’ll join me for these weekly posts – which will undoubtedly be part-confession, part-explanation, and part-celebration of my life right now!

Episode Ten, Air Date: July 17, 2012

There are many things you shouldn’t do together before you get married.  So even though I trust Gino, I wasn’t excited about his suggestion that we invest in property together.  Why?  Because getting entangled financially when you don’t have a commitment is a recipe for disaster.

Of course, everyone is talking about this episode for reasons other than my love life or property investments.  As I wrote yesterday, irresponsible reporters are writing that Tripp uttered a slur on the episode, which he didn’t.

Since I wrote my blog, Lifetime showrunner Matt Lutz came to my defense.  He has explained that Tripp did not say the F word used for a gay slur. He told some of the magazines making these false claims that he’s reviewed the raw video several times. In fact, he was actually in the room when it happened!

And he agrees: Tripp didn’t say that word.  Maybe that will put this ridiculous issue to rest.

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  • http://www.breakpoint.org Gina

    “Because getting entangled financially when you don’t have a commitment is a recipe for disaster.”

    AMEN. Stand your ground.

  • Joseppi

    I think the fact that he is around nothing but adolescents trying to raise him is the reason for his language. The “I hate you’s” and the cursing are commonplace among young people. I’m sure he hears those things daily from Willow, You, Gino and Andy.

    I suggest you learn from this, and ask everyone around him to tone it done, even when talking to each other, because he hears it. He’s going to look back on this someday so be sure the things you put out in the public about him are things he can be proud of. This publicity is not his choice, it’s yours so be kind to his reputation especially because he can’t choose for himself yet if he wants to live his life in the public eye.

    • Emma Lora

      A decent blog J.

      • Jacqueline Bruno

        Thanks girl!!

    • M P

      I doubt he hears such things from Bristol given her shock at his usage of the language. But nice assumptions and I’m glad you’re such a perfect human being. Please, start a blog showcasing your pretty perfect family that never does anything remotely wrong. At least Bristol et al have never professed to be perfect. Grow up.

    • Truth101

      You finally made some sense.

  • Jacqueline Bruno

    Bristol- My sister and I are huge fans of you and your show. You, Willow and your family are so ‘real’ and we admire that! Don’t feel like you need to justify or clear up anything! You are doing a great job and what parent (especially 1st time parent) doesn’t make mistakes – you are learning for the first time too! I am so happy you did this show & i hope it continues. Don’t let the negative comments override the good, positive ones. Your faith, strength and love for your life & family inspire me.

    • Emma Lora

      A very nice positive post J.B. Hearty agreement here.

      • Jacqueline Bruno

        ooops! meant to say thanks on this one! Thanks Emma!

    • M P

      Concur. There’s so much loveliness in each episode and one can plainly see Tripp is a happy little boy who’s never without love. He has a mother who knows what’s right and doesn’t chase fame or fanciful things. She actually works a normal job and lets her son just be 3 and play with other kiddos. This show shows her as normal and anti- pretty much every other reality show. Her show rivals the others because she doesn’t make it her whole life. She takes the opportunity and moves on.

      • Jellybean

        This must be sarcasm

  • Jacqueline Bruno

    & by the way- I have little cousins about Tripp’s age and once in awhile a bad word will slip out of their mouths simply because how do you keep a child from hearing curse words if you turn on any TV or have them out in public! It is impossbile unless they live in a bubble…Anyway- I have the same reaction you did because of the initial shock and honestly it is a little funny…People need to relaxxxxxx a little. If anyone is honestly going to give you a hard time for that they should think about what is really important in life- like all the lives lost in the Colorado shooting. Everyone should be spreading love these days in honor or those who lost their lives. Let’s fight James holmes hatred by ONLY spreading love and doing and saying nice things for people. God bless you!

  • Justine Stewart

    Hey Bristol, my son is 4 years old and says things sometimes that I rather him not. Like the “Miller 64″ beer commercial, yeah…he sings that song. Like I want my 4 year old singing about beer lol. And even these dumb commercials about proactive skin clearing system. My son points to his freckles and says “see mommy I have dark spots, I need the dark spot corrector”! Really?! All I’m saying is its really hard to shield children from everything we might not want them exposed to. I’m glad Lifetime is backing you up though!

  • Maleena

    Bristol, when you said, “I’m not your sugar mama.” I almost died! Hahaha Loved it!!!!
    So glad that Matt Lutz is coming to back you up!!

  • bellagrazi

    The whole thing was a non-controversy. Just liberals causing trouble. I do really appreciate the fact that Matt came forward in Tripp’s defense. It’s nice to know that Lifetime has your back. Now, as for investing in property together before marriage – I knew that you were extremely smart, Bristol, but even I was surprised at how level-headed you were in that discussion. As much as I love Gino, no woman should ever invest in property with her significant other without the benefit of marriage. Especially when they have a young child to consider. So, even though Gino was incredibly cute when he made the heart for you, I’m happy you kept your head about you. If he wants to invest in property with you, he’s going to have to make the ultimate commitment. By the way, I hope we get to see the inside of your new house this week on Life’s a Tripp! I’m dying to get a glimpse of it. PS: I loved when your mom called Willow “ding dong”! Hahaha She has got to be the funniest person on the planet!

  • http://FaceBook Cricket Nichols

    Love the show and will be watching tonight to see what happens next!!!

  • David

    HA! I bet it is a bit strange to have your live on TV and ya have probably had some ‘thoughts’ about it. I went to HS with your mom and aunt, Heather (would have graduated in 1983 but left for the outside in 1981). You would have NEVER guessed that your mom was going to be involved in ANY thing larger than what she had up until 4 years ago. It makes me chuckle….your mom’s cool.

    I do know that if anyone ever put the microscope to the extent that you have (albeit willingly), or your mother(out of necessity) I would run from that as fast as the wind….

    BTW, thanks for making me feel old by making a classmate a grand-parent! :^P

    Happy days,
    David

  • Manny

    It doesn’t matter how perfect you and your family are, there are haters out there that will find something negative to say anyway. The haters put Christ on the cross and he was the only perfect person that ever lived.

  • Maya

    Sometimes people really amaze me. I don’t understand why your acting like Tripp saying f*cker is better then him saying faggot. To me they are both equally bad and it’s disgusting that you would just laugh at that when he is saying how he hates you and Willow just because you wouldn’t let him go in the pool. When a child acts like that its because of the parenting so I suggest you start teaching him respect and how to behave before he grows up to become a little monster. And just so we are clear, the liberals aren’t to blame for calling Bristol out on this. Any normal person who saw that video would be disturbed at how Tripp was acting.

    • Laura

      Its obvious you don’t have children.

      • anon anonym

        I have children and I agree with Mara. It’s obvious you are just a Palin or a personal friend.

      • Maya

        Your right I don’t have children but I do work with children Tripp’s age and a big part of what I do is teach them right from wrong and saying a bad word is defiantly wrong no matter what it is. When a child says something like that you sit them down and explain that it is not okay to do that, instead Bristol just stood there and laughed as he said he hated them. To me that’s poor parenting but I believe it will be a learning experience for her

    • Truth101

      The liberals didn’t call Bristol out on anything. The liberals lied about a 3 year old child. The liberals accused the child of saying something that he didn’t say.

      What part of that don’t you understand?

      If they don’t retract their lie than Bristol or LifeTime should sue.

      • Erick

        Right, like Sarah Palin sued Joe McGinnnis..wait, what? And another thing, it isn’t just “the liberals”.

        • Truth101

          How do you know Randomhouse and it is not being sued?

          It is the liberals.

      • Maya

        Who exactly would they be suing? And they didn’t lie, most people from hearing the video think it sounds more like faggot and to be honest we all know the Palin family is full of homophobes and have used that word before.

    • Heather Laurin

      Oviously you do not have kids, or you raised perfect kids who never said any bad word at all. Yes Tripp needs discipline, but most kids that age have said something that was not appropriate. It happens. It does not make Bristol a bad parent, just one who needs to find a way to make sure her son grows up to be a well mannered young man.

      • Magic Eyes

        If Bristol wants her child to grow up to be a polite man, then she needs to not tolerate bad language when he is a child, and set a good example. She is not setting a good example when she laughs and uses poor language herself.

    • Mother Against Gayhate

      thank you. I’m relieved (yes, phewww.) to see some comments supporting the cause that certain words hurt, certain words kill. This IS NOT a ‘liberal’ issue! This is a ‘speak kind to your fellow human being issue’ and I hope for once, just once, Bristol can separate the two and not be quick to ride the horse you named ‘media backlash’ ‘liberal hate’. Nnot everything in life Bristol, is black and white (no racial pun intended). Because someone informs you that certain words are so highly inappropriate, much more, dangerous, does NOT mean that they are a liberal.

      You appear to be an advocate against bullying…? Then are you aware that an aspect of bullying is derogatory slang? ‘Sl*t’, ‘F****r, stupid B****h, sl****ty C***t”. and yes, oh yes, ‘FA**OT.’ Are you aware Bristol, of the number of young people who have have been scarred by verbal bullying, who then take it upon themselves to end their life! My heart splits, aches and drops tears every single time this happens! And dear Lord (yup, I pray to the Lord, not all Liberals are ‘aetheists’.) it happens on a daily basis! What could have prevented a child from taking their own life? Perhaps if there were spoken to with respect, no high honor, just respect for your fellow man/woman.

      You may ask me “Hypocrite, you sent me a comment with LOTS of slang words, it was offensive and mean!” Yes, Bristol, it was severe and disgusting wasn’t it? Did you feel attacked? Did you feel furious? Hurt? Did you cry? I hope you did, because if you got upset about the words I sent you, then…’MISSION ACCOMPLISHED’ YOU now know what it FEELS like to have HATEFUL words said about YOU.

      Am I overreacting a bit too much about a silly word said by a silly 3 yr old (and he is a cutie pie!) on a reality show that I watched once and never again? Yes, WAY overreact. Has anyone ever called me something mean in life? Not that I recall. No. But you have the opportunity to teach your young, smart and impressionable toddler a VERY important lesson.

      If you don’t care about this word, well. Ok! But I hope you do, because God forbid, when Tripp grows up to be a teenager and a young man and uses the word ‘Faggot’ to someone else, I hope that someone else doesn’t go home and say “Enough…I can’t take the pain.” and chooses to end their life.

      All thanks to a little word.

  • Jackie

    I LOVE your show and think your being a great example to teen moms out there. Just wanted to do a shout out for “BAKERSFIELD” my home town, cause I saw you wearing one of our sweatshirts on the episode….it was pretty cool.

    Take Care and God Bless!
    Jackie

  • http://us4palin.com Ron Devito

    Bristol,
    Good evening. You’ll want to confirm the following with both a lawyer and an accountant, but I think they’ll agree: You never, ever want to set up a standard partnership. If something goes wrong, it’s messy to break up – almost like getting divorced. Also, all partners are also PERSONALLY liable for anything that goes wrong in the business. What you want to do is set up a Sub-Chapter S Corporation or a LLC. I think S-Corps are better, but I’m old school. With an S-Corp, you can invite Gino in and he would get a percentage of the shares proportionate to his investment – but you would retain the controlling interest. Let’s say, you want to invest in a $100K property. He only has $5K. You have $95K. He would get 5% of the shares. You’d have 95%. If something goes wrong, at the worst you buy his shares out and and it’s over with. Your liability is limited to the investment – so if someone slips and falls on your Corporation’s property, they can’t come and sue you personally. Something to consider with or without Gino as an investor. Again, none of what I dispensed is legal or accounting advice and you should consult the appropriate professional for same.
    As for the “F” word, anyone who bothered to watch the show should know which “F” word it was, and it was not the slur. Don’t let the critics get you down. You’re handling yourself just fine as far as I see – I like your slow and steady approach – sometimes slow and steady does win the race.

  • Kimberly

    I agree as well. He said a naughty word, but NOT that. Kids will be kids. :-)

  • Brittany

    Personally, I love your show. I love your family and wish I could live in Alaska! I’m only 13 and you are my role model. Just ignore all the haters. You can’t please everyone so you might as well just have it go in one ear and out the other. I hope you and Gino get back together- he’s super swee to Tripp and you guys are adorable.

  • Marina G Corbin

    Hi Bristol, I have watched your show several times and it is great how hard you work with your son and that you have a close family relationship. I know that when a child hears a word like the word that Tripp said once on the show, it is possible he heard someone say it and picked it up. I don’t think it was you who taught him this word. He just heard it somewhere. One of my children did the same thing one time and I had never even used the word that my child repeated and that was years ago.

    It is ugly of people to keep picking on you about this word. These are not forgiving Christian people who do this.

    I have good advice for you and Gino. You just listen to him more and don’t ignore him and don’t put him down. I know you are under stress but if you want to keep him then just treat him as nice as you treat your sister but in a different way – a girlfriend to boyfriend way. Just treat him the way you want to be treated and he will be so nice to you too.

    I have noticed that on camera you did get annoyed with Gino a lot and it hurt his feelings a lot but your sister also was guilty of telling him to be quiet in a sort of a rude way. He is a human being and deserves to be treated with respect. So if you do that then he will be the best boyfriend ever because he really seems to love you or he would have left you by now.

    I am praying for you and I hope and pray that your little family will blossom.

    I wish I could live in Alaska where it is cool. It has been so hot in TN this year and now all we get is humidity and hot weather all summer long and we can’t even go outside. You are so blessed that you can live in Alaska.

  • Susan

    How naive are you people? The f-word isn’t two syllables and doesn’t end with a “t” sound, which the child clearly said. Lifetime is just trying to cover up what could get them into trouble. You do realize deaf people watch your show, some can read lips and to them it’s clear Tripp was using a slur against gay people? And why should we expect any different when Bristol and her sister fling around the same slur on Facebook? Hardly role models. This TV show is a train wreck and a portrait of the degradation of our country at the hands of anti-intellectuals who pretend to be beacons of morality. Failing at parenthood is not the stuff television shows should be made of.

    • anybodybutbarry

      why did you watch then? why are you here then? If your so morally above the rest of us?

      • Susan

        Because I read about this, I saw the video, it was clear what the child said and I don’t like when people who put up a constant pretense of “holier than thou” (especially when the entire nation knows of their moral failings) blatantly lie about something because they have no capacity for personal responsibility.

        • Jellybean

          Susan, if a palin was caught robbing a bank naked , the deranged palin posse would somehow excuse the behaviour, feel sorry for them and blame it on the left.

          I have seen the clip and the kid said faggot, but pronounced it faggit. It was clearly a 2 syllable word ending in an “it” sound. The palins are known for their gay bashing. They attract bigots like flies to shit.

  • anybodybutbarry

    Bristol , Thank you so much for having this blog and sharing with us, I wish your show success ,have liked the episodes I have seen. To let you know kids sometimes pick up from places words we do not want them to know. There are many blogs out there, parents with kids 20 months and up saying, help my child said a bad word what do I do. Your Mom and Dad raised you all well, am sure they could give some advice on the subject. Your little boy is a cutie.

    • Susan

      It looks like this kid picked up his language from his mom and his aunt. http://wonkette.com/430397/willow-bristol-palin-call-fellows-faggot-fat-on-facebook

      • Tim

        It looks like Tripp picked up his language from Joe Biden.
        Joe Biden: ‘This is a big fucking deal’
        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2010/mar/23/joe-biden-obama-big-fucking-deal-overheard

        • HG

          Right. Clearly, it’s a Democrat’s fault. Because Tripp’s clearly two-syllable word ending with a T was learned from the vice president the kid has probably never heard of and not the derogatory and juvenile language his mother uses on a regular basis.

        • Kristina

          Because it’s obviously a very fair comparison to compare something a grown man said in private to something a THREE YEAR OLD BOY said in the presence of his mother.

        • Magic Eyes

          Joe Biden is an adult.

        • daisy

          I doubt Tripp or Bristol watch Joe Biden.

          • Susan

            Conservative logic: There is a documented, photographed account of Bristol’s using the anti-gay slur f-word on Facebook and she is Tripp’s mother. Yet, instead of blaming Bristol (who laughed when her son used the word and only reinforced his behavior) the conservative must find a way to instead blame Biden or Obama, no matter how farfetched the theory must be. Good Lord. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

  • Jenny

    Bristol,
    I watched your show where you left Gino in AZ before getting to the Grand Canyon. It broke my heart to watch the episode. You told Gino that he had to get out and then your son was pleading with you not to make him get out. It made me so sad to see that. As a child therapist and mother of 4, I have made a lot of mistakes very similar to what I’ve seen on your show. My children at times suffered because I was scared, unsure, unwilling to admit I was wrong or just was plain stubborn in relating my feelings. But, what I have seen in this show is that Gino truly cares for your son. Because Tripp has no father in his life, it is so cool to see him attach to Gino and vice versa. I’m not saying to stay with Gino because of Tripp, but I would truly ask that you consider leaving as little collateral damage as possible. Even though you were angry with Gino, asking him to leave the car while Tripp pleaded with you was something I feel was hurtful to your son in the long run. I’m not here to judge but rather to just pass along some wisdom in the “life of hard knocks.” You obviously love your son and I know you would never want to hurt him. That is very clear…
    Also, if you love Gino and think it could work, attending couples therapy with him would be a great idea. It would help you communicate better and start understanding the difference between how men and women think. It was amazing how better my relationship got once I could see how my husband was thinking about a certain situation. I could then empathize a little better and our disagreements wouldn’t get to the level of out of control anger. I encourage you to at least try it – it could be a wonderful experience for you both and I guarantee you would learn a lot about yourself and relationships to come if you and Gino don’t work out. Blessings to you all!

  • Tazza

    Perhaps you should suggest the producers show a little more of the conflict between you and yours because i watched in shock and heartbreak as you made Tripp watch his “Daddy” Gino get out of the car on ur trip to the canyon. You looked imature petty and well just mean without more of what led up to such a cruel action. Also from one former single teen mom to another teen mom if you arent sure you want a commitment with someone control the amount of time tripp spends with your partners because unlike adults kids live love and accept they dont just walk out (or toss out in your case) because you hit turmoil…just a thought! God Bless.

  • Magic Eyes

    We all heard Bristol and Willow opening the video with one of them saying douchebag so we all know Tripp hears foul language from his mother. I am amazed at how anyone can defend her parenting skills. It’s not just the language that she laughed at. Did you not see how Tripp was obviously tired and unhappy? Time to take the story books out and help him get ready for sleep. What parent forces a child to sit and watch his mother and aunt perform for a tv crew? And then to blame it on the left and to say it was profanity and not a slur. Either way she should have been telling him immediately that that kind of language is not to be used in the house. And the folks that defend Bristol, all I can ask is, Really? You really think that’s ok?

  • daisy

    Last night when Tripp said “I don’t ned a better Daddy” it was heartbreaking..why would you tell you 3 yr old you will find him a better Daddy.. Love your son and stop being so vindictive towards his father!

    • Jellybean

      Is that true?!!! She really said that? That is beyond disgusting. Love of money means more to her than the future of her kid. And her crazy fans will defend it. Sickening.

  • Joseppi

    I am really heartsick for Tripp after watching that last episode.

  • Joseppi

    You just gave Levi’s lawyers the best evidence. I think you may come to regret doing this show.

  • Susan

    Come to regret doing the show? Isn’t the Republican motto “whatever makes you rich?” Of course Bristol would sell her son for money. She has no scruples, no ethics and no reflection.

    • GrizzlyMom

      You are correct Susan. Republican’s love of money trumps everything. Look how Dick Cheney’s daughter sold out just to stay in the family will. And then she has the nerve to run and marry her partner as soon as its legal in her state. Hey Mary – the liberal gays BUILT THAT!

    • Theresa Bosel

      Really. Do you really honestly believe that? As a woman I am ashamed of people like you Susan. You believe that no more than you believe the sky is falling. But then again maybe you do believe the sky is falling. You know what?- it happens. People curse, I have and infront of my daughter on occassion. She is a straight A student, VP of her class and a great kid. Clearly I am doing something right. Cut the girl some slack. She loves her son. Would love to see the glass house you rside in. We probably paid for it so go ahead throw stones. Makes you look ignorant! And makes me more determined to change the direction of this country. You uneducated liberals are killing it!

      • Susan

        Excuse me? We “uneducated liberals?” I’m sorry, but I thought it was conservatives who pretend that having an education is “elitist.” Anti-intellectualism is virulent in the conservative community and the blatant hypocrisy of your comment only drives that point home. Way to generalize. What have I been up to this week? Let’s see: working shifts at the hospital as I move towards completing my M.D., conducting research in labs to be collected for a paper some partners and I are presenting at a conference, and programming an event to raise funding for a programming combating domestic violence. That’s what I’ve been doing while Bristol tools around teaching her son anti-gay slurs, getting pedicures and having shallow conversations with other entitled, privileged rich kids in coffee shops. There is a *huge* difference between your kids picking up a bad word from you and your use of hate speech, or derogatory slurs regarding marginalized groups. Bravo, Theresa. Bravo with your comment. Why are you ashamed of me as a woman? People like Bristol are the ones moving women’s lib back to the stone age. Their only jobs in life are to look pretty and pop out babies. I mean, come on. Find a higher calling.

  • Zooey

    Bristol, I’m very disheartened at Levi and his family’s treatment of you. I know you’ve never gotten along with them, but they’re downright nasty. I can imagine what they say privately. Levi’s already proven he’s capable of mean words regarding your family that will hurt his son. But his sister and girlfriend are quite possibly worse. His sister’s spent the last couple years obsessing over you and tearing you down. Does she not have a life of her own? All you’ve done is comment on his lies in the media and try to move forward forgetting the past. You’ve never even mentioned her . Stay strong!

    • Joseppi

      Date rapist, dead-beat dad, liar, cheater… these are all things Bristol has publicly accused Levi of.
      Levi has called Bristol a liar and accused her of keeping his son from him. Those things Levi will soon prove in court.

      Sorry but what you said is just not true.

  • Andrea

    It sickens me how Bristol treats Gino….I think in the back of her mind, she knows that she is lucky to have him and that no one else would want to date someone who treats their significant other the way she treats Gino. I don’t care what Gino may or may not have done in the past; she’s made her own fair share of mistakes. She needs to forgive him for whatever it is and forget about it so they can move forward in their relationship. Although, I will say that he definitely deserves better than Bristol. Hopefully he will see that he doesn’t deserve to be treated like that, and that Bristol isn’t some Queen that everyone has to bow down and cater to.

  • Carol

    The court will no doubt hand full custody of Tripp over to Levi now that he’ss building his own family. Levi will soon be able to demonstrate to the court that he and his intended, along with new baby, will make a better heterosexual environment for Tripp to be raised in.

    • Joseppi

      All Levi wants is 50/50. And it will happen soon, Levi’s new lawyer and Bristol’s public mistakes will make sure he gets it. She won’t be able to deny him his time much longer. And hopefully she won’t be able to publicly exploit Tripp any longer. She can make her money herself without using him to do it. It’s quite shameful. Poor kid… she is screwing up his view of men and fathers. Hopefully Levi will be able to turn that around when he has access again.

    • Theresa Bosel

      Have you seen this kid? You people are nuts. Jeez Bristol I am feelin your pain girl! How do you deal with the stupidity of these people on your blog. I can’t read anymore. Its driving me nuts!
      Good luck with this!

      • Joseppi

        Um Yeah, we see him every Tuesday. Last night we watched him beg his mother not to throw his “daddy” out of the car into the middle nowhere. We watched him beg while holding onto his “daddy” for dear life and we watched while his “daddy” was pryed from his hands and kicked out of his car as his mother drove away and left his “daddy” alone there. Who the hell does that! Then we watched while his mother so callously told him that she would find him a new better daddy! And we watched him scream that he didn’t want a new daddy. Who the hell does that!!! So yeah we’ve seen the kid.

        • GrammarMatters

          I’m with you. That was child abuse at its worst. It was the most disgusting display of cruelty to both the little kid and to Gino. Who the heck treats people like that? The Palins show once again that they are bullies and heartless. Congratulations, Bristol. You’re as bad at parenting as your mother is. What an achievement.

  • tom stewart

    Wait a minute – this is a show meant to show how tough life is as a single mother of a 3 year old, and you put it on at 11 at night? I think most mothers of young children are asleep by then.

  • stepfanie

    Bristol , i understand what its like to be a single mom at a young age we all make mistakes and all of yours is going to be broadcast-ed do to your mom being in the lime light, all i would like to say is your doing the best that you can with what you have with it comes to Tripp, i have a 8 year old son almost 9 who has never seen his father has only talked to him twice on the phone and has never paid anything in child-support for him.. I’ve done it all.. i’m not perfect and i’m sure that I’ve done or have said things in front of my boys that shouldn’t of been said .. again no one is perfect.. i know you get allot of back lash from people as I’ve read so far but just keep your head up and keep moving on. you know whats best for you and your son and that’s all that matters you have a strong family base that will have your back no matter what and that’s all you need.. and as my mother use to tell me .. haters make your stronger i don’t agree with the anti-gay marriage thing but to each is its own just remember that no one is a perfect parent and we all make mistakes with our kids so just stay strong and walk with your hear held high and let the haters hate it only makes you famous best of luck and wishes from here in Michigan -stepfanie

  • Theresa Bosel

    It strikes me as comical that we have so many cry babies in this country. You hurt my feelings so I am going to eviserate you????? This women is from a good family of descent people. You dont have to like her beliefs, they are hers. The bashing in this coutry makes me sick. Tripp is a little boy. Kids say stuff. So what!!!!! Let it go, there are bigger things we need to worry about in this country and you folks better start educating yourselves or we are in huge trouble. I am a 41 year old mom of 1 (15) yr old girl who I raised as a single mom for her first 7 years of her life. None of my business Miss Bristol and we can’t see what happens when the cameras are off but Gino seems like a good guy. He’s young and he will say and do dumb stuff for about the next 10 years, they all do. But he seems genuine and he seems like he genuinely loves you and the beautiful boy of yours. Gotta pick your battles and not sweat the small stuff. Again, I don’t see everything and you and Tripp should come first but it seems like he might be worth fighting for. It is tough to find a man to love a child like he does that isn’t even his. I wish you and your family luck and love. Ignore the haters! They are small minded and ignorant. Like your mom, know who you are Bristol, be a good mom and a good person and the rest will take care of itself. Because of women like your mom, the rest of us are stepping up to the plate to try to make a difference. And because of women like you more young girls are being smart and waiting.
    Much luck to you and yours!

    • HG

      Kids say stuff because their mothers say stuff. I like how everyone criticizing Bristol for her anti-gay antipathy and bigotry are “haters.” No, we’re calling out Bristol for being a hater. That’s pretty much how it works. Logic fail.

  • Lacey Bean

    Bristol this is the first time I have ever read your blog. Or any blog for that matter. I am a mother of two young children. A two year old & 5 month old. And as any parent knows children say random things. It’s part of their learning process. You are an amazing mom from what anyone can see on your show. Tripp comes first in your life before anything and that is amazing. I look up to you and respect you for what you are doing with your life. And all the people that speak bad to you or about you or your family are clearly just envious of you and all your accomplishments. If they weren’t then they wouldn’t watch your show & criticize everything you do. Keep being strong girl, Tripp needs a strong mama. And I don’t no your whole story with Gino and it’s hard to judge a book by it’s cover but he seems like he really cares about you and Tripp. Anyway this is so much longer than I expected. Just wanted to show my support to you. Maybe I’ll meet you one day when I go visit my brother in law that’s in the army, he’s being moved to Alaska :)

    P.s.
    Sorry for any misspelled words I have a 2 year old climbing on me.

    Sincerely,
    Lacey Bean

  • Courtney

    Dont bother setting the record straight. People always talk, no matter what you or anyone else says. Keep your head up. Lots of other 3 years old experiment with bad words. Everyone’s acting like yours is the first, I dont know why..

  • Chesney

    Bristol, I loved your shirt on last nights episode the pink/red one you wore to the grand canyon. Where did you get it… I would love one like it.

  • CJ

    Dearest Bristol,
    Choosing a husband is a serious step, but, honestly, I believe with all my heart that if 2 ppl are truly BEST FRIENDS, first and foremost, and the commandments that GOD has set forth are followed, the BLESSING of the Lord will be upon that marriage. GOD teaches us in His Word that the tongue is worse than a sword and has the power of life and death…it is a weapon which has the potential to deeply wound someone’s heart, and as such, it is so important that we strive not to wound each other with our words.
    That being said, nothing in this life is perfect, mistakes will be made, feelings will be hurt, anger will be felt, but, PRAYER, HONESTY, TRUST, COMMUNICATION & FORGIVENESS are key to a firm foundation with the LORD at its very center :)
    Any relationship takes work whether it be a while dating, in marriage, with parents, siblings, friends, bosses, co-workers, etc. There will always be stones in the path. Some may be larger than others, but, there are lessons to be learned and wisdom to be found in each and every one of them, if we are willing to see and grow.

    1 Corinthians 13:4-8
    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    One of my favorite things to do is to listen to our WONDERFUL SENIORS share their stories about life with their spouses throughout the years. They are so precious, filled with experience, knowledge, wisdom and such a strong sense of commitment to each other and to family that I always tell them how much we need them in today’s world of disposable marriages…how much we need to hear their testimonies and how much we can learn from them. I tell them how important and valuable they are and the truth is, they are the ones who have the answers! I adore them!! 50-60 yrs w/ the same person…and they still hold hands :) They are the first to say how important it is to EXPECT that there will be times when you won’t always like each other, agree w/ one another and may even feel like running away sometimes……but, they made a promise to commit in good times and bad times and in time, they learned how to adapt, compromise, apologize, accept / forgive the imperfections in each other…..and build a family together for better or for worse. 9 out of 10 times they tell me it was worth it :) They also tell me that they find the 2 present generations to be immature, ungrateful, self centered, lacking in responsibility, needing immediate gratification and constant happiness which is “unrealistic”. They also love to inject “The grass isn’t greener” LOL. Ya just gotta Love em’!

    And so, my sweet Bristol, if you and Gino are truly BEST FRIENDS, hold hands, and embrace the stones TOGETHER :)
    OXO

  • http://FaceBook Cricket Nichols

    I watched your show last night and was very disturbed that you threw Gino out of the car and Tripp telling you that he didn’t want a better daddy. Would you want Tripp’s girlfriend to throw him out of a car in the middle of nowhere when he is 21….I was very sad.

  • Ellie

    After watching episode 11 (I think) with the Grand Canyon Trip, my heart was breaking for you and Gino. Mostly because I’ve seen it so many times in my relationships and my friends. What is helping my husband and I is counseling and working through a Christian book called “Love & Respect” by Emerson & Sarah Eggerichs. http://loveandrespect.com Praying for all of you.

  • Lee

    I hope nobody here really thinks that this show is anything but scripted. I’m sure with the low ratings Bristol’s real life was getting the first few episodes, a decision was made to step things up in the drama department. It’s all about the money and having America talking about them. And we are all talking! Which is exactly what they want. I am positive right after the scene when Bristol kicks Gino out of the car, he jumped right back in it as soon as the cameras stopped rolling. And with all the money the Palin’s have, I doubt they would let Bristol drive all the way to Alaska alone. Don’t you think they could afford movers??? Everything they do is about staying in the spotlight. They can do anything because they know their koolaid drinking followers will defend them no matter what they do!

  • Lee

    Besides having the show scripted, they really need to change the name of the show. Poor Tripp usually appears for about 5 minutes in each episode. The rest of the show is focused on the wanna be Wasilla Kardashian sisters and their boyfriends! Oh yeah and Willow touring “hair schools”. That was fun!!

  • Melissa

    Bristol, you are doing a great job with your son and don’t worry about what other people say. Discipline is hard and all parents have to deal with their children saying things they shouldn’t, including “I hate you” or swearing. Keep at it and you’ll get there. I just finished reading your book which was very well written and a great book. I also started reading Levi’s book just to see what he could have had to say about you or your family, though I did refuse to buy it. Within the first page you can tell he doesn’t have a clue and is full of himself and is full of baloney. You just keep doing what you’re doing. You are very inspirational. I have recently been going through some hard times and got mad at God and without realizing it I had turned away frome the one who could help me. You reminded me to turn back to God with my problems. God bless you!

  • Amanda

    Bristol, I have been watching your show for probably about a month now, and I just wanted to share with you that I truly enjoy it. I am also a single mother, but of two children, and I can relate to the things that you go through-good and bad (or difficult). I think that it’s great that you are so open about your conservative views, and most importantly, your faith. From what I have seen on your blog (which is the first one I have ever read, ever) and your tv show, there are people who actually take the time out of their lives to spread negativity and/or hatred…this of course is really sad, but you seem to take it all in stride and confidently move on…which is such a great message for anyone and everyone. Just know that there are many supporters for you and your family and the things that you stand for. Like one of the previous posters had said, you have helped remind me to ask God for anything I need….He is ultimately the one that will be able to help me through anything. Thank you for that. Good luck to you and God bless you and your family

  • Geosqt

    Hi Bristol,
    I really enjoy your show. You and Tripp are adorable together. I just picked up your book today and was looking at the pictures. Wow does your baby boy look exactly like you. I really didn’t see it before but after looking at your pictures I totally see it now. I can’t wait to get started on the book.

    Best wishes to you and your family. Pay NO attention to the haters, they’re just jealous. Keep your chin up! You have so much to look forward to. Too bad they can’t say the same.

  • http://Facebook.com/chelsea.pallone Chelsea Pallone

    I just started watching your show and I just read your book, you remind me in so many ways of my Best Friend, she just had a Daughter named Ava, she’s 20 and so am I but we got in this stupid fight over the fact we don’t get to see each other much anymore but when I watch your show and see what you deal with, with Tripp it makes me realize she’s just doing her job of being a mom and We fixed everything and I kinda feel like I owe us being Best Friends again to you haha sounds weird right but, now were teaching her daughter all the stuff we love like taking her up to the river and going tubing and skiing and camping and our Favorite volleyball we’ve been best friends since we met in 7th grade because of volleyball we both played through highshool and I’m still playing but I think your book is great and so is your show. You seem like a really good mom! I told my friend the other day “If God brings you to it!, He’ll get you through it!” Which I’m sure you know keep up the great work and Thank-you

  • Ashley

    I didn’t even think that word when I heard it! I thought the four letter one that made that sentence make no sense at all which made it hysterical, but the word is still a bad one. :) I work at a day care and sometimes kids say things that just… make your day. Even if they’re wrong, or “bad,” kids have a way of phrasing things, or imagining them, that can make just about anything funny. I surely don’t think any worse of you or Tripp! Infact, I admire you and Willow for being able to hide your laughter as much as you did.

  • Aussie guy

    Hey Bristol! You’re a great example, to all young people but especially fellow Christians. You’ve had tough times like we all do, but you handled them with strength and making the right choices even when it’s not easy.. Proud of you! Today’s young girls can look to you as a good example. Keep God #1! God bless!

  • WakeUpAmerica

    He clearly said “faggot,” and there is no way to spin it. Your reaction showed he said something inappropriate as well.


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