‘Teen Mom’ Grandparents: A Complete Guide to the Cast’s Moms and Dads (PHOTOS)

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‘Teen Mom’ Grandparents: A Complete Guide to the Cast’s Moms and Dads (PHOTOS)

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‘Teen Mom’ Grandparents: A Complete Guide to the Cast’s Moms and Dads (PHOTOS)

Here at Wetpaint we’ve talked at length about the Teen Mom stars, their kids and their baby daddies, but isn’t it time for the grandparents crew to get their due?

Though the moms’ moms like Debra Danielsen may lead us to assume all the cast members have complicated relationships with their parents, that’s not the case most of the time — just look at Chelsea Houska and Papa Randy!

So here’s your handy dandy guide to all the OG and TM2 cast’s own parents — original baby daddies’ families included! — and what their relationship is like with their kids and grandkids both on and off camera.

Teen Mom OG airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

‘Teen Mom’ Grandparents: A Complete Guide to the Cast’s Moms and Dads (PHOTOS)
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Kailyn Lowry's Mom Suzi

Kailyn Lowry's Mom Suzi

Out of all the moms, Kail is the one who’s most notably estranged from her mother, Suzi. Her mom was an alcoholic throughout her childhood, and has popped in and out of her life since. 

 She was last seen on a 2014 episode of Teen Mom 2 when she came to Kail’s house to help with a then-newborn Lincoln, but Kailyn has said she prefers keeping her mom at a distance — and is clearly doing just fine on her own.

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Kailyn Lowry's Mom Suzi

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Out of all the moms, Kail is the one who’s most notably estranged from her mother, Suzi. Her mom was an alcoholic throughout her childhood, and has popped in and out of her life since. 

 She was last seen on a 2014 episode of Teen Mom 2 when she came to Kail’s house to help with a then-newborn Lincoln, but Kailyn has said she prefers keeping her mom at a distance — and is clearly doing just fine on her own.

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Jo Rivera's Parents Janet and Ed

Jo Rivera's Parents Janet and Ed

Jo’s parents were staples on the show’s early seasons, when he, Kailyn, and a then-infant Isaac lived with them in their New Jersey home. 

 Janet and Ed have since removed themselves from the spotlight, though they’re still very involved in Jo and Vee’s life off-camera. But they’ve since divorced, unfortunately.

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Jo Rivera's Parents Janet and Ed

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Jo’s parents were staples on the show’s early seasons, when he, Kailyn, and a then-infant Isaac lived with them in their New Jersey home. 

 Janet and Ed have since removed themselves from the spotlight, though they’re still very involved in Jo and Vee’s life off-camera. But they’ve since divorced, unfortunately.

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Maci Bookout's mom Sharon

Maci Bookout's mom Sharon

Like Jo’s parents, Maci’s mom and stepdad have taken a backseat on the show in recent years. 

 Sharon did appear in the recent TMOG episodes focusing on Maci’s wedding planning, but otherwise usually lets her daughter and grandkids Bentley, Jayde and Maverick be the stars of the show. 

 Maci and Sharon are still very close IRL, though, and side note, they also look like twins!

Maci Bookout's mom Sharon

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Like Jo’s parents, Maci’s mom and stepdad have taken a backseat on the show in recent years. 

 Sharon did appear in the recent TMOG episodes focusing on Maci’s wedding planning, but otherwise usually lets her daughter and grandkids Bentley, Jayde and Maverick be the stars of the show. 

 Maci and Sharon are still very close IRL, though, and side note, they also look like twins!

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Ryan Edwards's parents Jen and Larry

Ryan Edwards's parents Jen and Larry

The same can’t be said for Ryan’s parents, however, who are basically Bentley’s third set of parents.

The outspoken couple play a huge role on Teen Mom OG, whether Larry’s calling his son a “blood-sucking leech” or complaining they don’t get enough time with Bentley. 

But deep down it’s clear they’re amazing parents and grandparents, and Maci and Ryan are lucky to have them.

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Ryan Edwards's parents Jen and Larry

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The same can’t be said for Ryan’s parents, however, who are basically Bentley’s third set of parents.

The outspoken couple play a huge role on Teen Mom OG, whether Larry’s calling his son a “blood-sucking leech” or complaining they don’t get enough time with Bentley. 

But deep down it’s clear they’re amazing parents and grandparents, and Maci and Ryan are lucky to have them.

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Chelsea Houska's dad Randy

Chelsea Houska's dad Randy

Though Papa Randy’s appearances on the show have died down in recent seasons — the guy’s a busy dentist, what do you expect?! — he’s still Chelsea’s rock and her number one sounding board, especially when she needs to vent about her ex, Adam Lind.


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Chelsea Houska's dad Randy

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Though Papa Randy’s appearances on the show have died down in recent seasons — the guy’s a busy dentist, what do you expect?! — he’s still Chelsea’s rock and her number one sounding board, especially when she needs to vent about her ex, Adam Lind.


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Chelsea Houska's mom Mary

Chelsea Houska's mom Mary

Mary, who’s divorced from Chelsea’s dad, also makes appearances here and there on the show, and is one of Chelsea’s go-to babysitters for Aubree both on and off-camera.

Chelsea Houska's mom Mary

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Mary, who’s divorced from Chelsea’s dad, also makes appearances here and there on the show, and is one of Chelsea’s go-to babysitters for Aubree both on and off-camera.

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Amber Portwood's mom Tonya

Amber Portwood's mom Tonya

As with Kailyn’s mom, Amber’s mother Tonya struggled with abuse, but seems to be on the up and up nowadays.

Tonya’s made a few sporadic appearances on Teen Mom, most recently circa 2015 when she weighed in on her daughter’s engagement to Matt Baier, noting he is only four years younger than her!

As for Amber’s dad, Shawn Portwood? He unfortunately passed away in 2014 from liver complications.


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Amber Portwood's mom Tonya

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As with Kailyn’s mom, Amber’s mother Tonya struggled with abuse, but seems to be on the up and up nowadays.

Tonya’s made a few sporadic appearances on Teen Mom, most recently circa 2015 when she weighed in on her daughter’s engagement to Matt Baier, noting he is only four years younger than her!

As for Amber’s dad, Shawn Portwood? He unfortunately passed away in 2014 from liver complications.


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Gary Shirley's mom Carol

Gary Shirley's mom Carol

Carol is also a random presence on Teen Mom OG, popping in and out of the Shirley household to visit her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters, Leah and Emilee.

She also was a big supporter of Gary’s condom line, and honestly, what more could you ask for in a parent?


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Gary Shirley's mom Carol

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Carol is also a random presence on Teen Mom OG, popping in and out of the Shirley household to visit her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters, Leah and Emilee.

She also was a big supporter of Gary’s condom line, and honestly, what more could you ask for in a parent?


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Leah Messer's mom Dawn

Leah Messer's mom Dawn

Leah’s mom, who was a teen mom herself, is now a busy grandmother to five little girls (and is like barely 40), so it’s no surprise her appearances on the show have diminished over the years.

However, Leah and Dawn still remain close, and it seems like her three daughters love their grandma to death.


Leah Messer's mom Dawn

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Leah’s mom, who was a teen mom herself, is now a busy grandmother to five little girls (and is like barely 40), so it’s no surprise her appearances on the show have diminished over the years.

However, Leah and Dawn still remain close, and it seems like her three daughters love their grandma to death.


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Corey Simms's dad Jeff

Corey Simms's dad Jeff

Thank goodness for Jeff Simms’s Instagram page — otherwise we’d barely get updates on Corey and his beautiful family!

Jeff is there for Corey on the show when needed, but seems to be more hands-on when the cameras aren’t rolling, as his Instagram page full of his granddaughters Ali, Aleeah and Remington proves.

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Corey Simms's dad Jeff

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Thank goodness for Jeff Simms’s Instagram page — otherwise we’d barely get updates on Corey and his beautiful family!

Jeff is there for Corey on the show when needed, but seems to be more hands-on when the cameras aren’t rolling, as his Instagram page full of his granddaughters Ali, Aleeah and Remington proves.

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Catelynn Lowell's mom April

Catelynn Lowell's mom April

Luckily, the Cate/April relationship has gotten way better in recent years, mostly thanks to April finally shaping up and getting sober. 

Watching their interactions now versus April screaming at Cate for no reason in Seasons 1 and 2 is like night and day. 

April is also Nova’s babysitter when her parents are out of town, so this is the epitome of progress, people.

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Catelynn Lowell's mom April

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Luckily, the Cate/April relationship has gotten way better in recent years, mostly thanks to April finally shaping up and getting sober. 

Watching their interactions now versus April screaming at Cate for no reason in Seasons 1 and 2 is like night and day. 

April is also Nova’s babysitter when her parents are out of town, so this is the epitome of progress, people.

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Tyler Baltierra’s dad Butch

Tyler Baltierra’s dad Butch

Unfortunately, Tyler’s relationship with Butch (who is also April’s ex-husband and Cate’s ex step-dad, BTW) is a bit less clear, as Ty lost some of his confidence in his dad when he relapsed and returned to prison in late 2016.

However, he’s said he loves his father unconditionally no matter what, which is huge, considering Butch was high and in prison for most of his life.

Tyler Baltierra’s dad Butch

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Unfortunately, Tyler’s relationship with Butch (who is also April’s ex-husband and Cate’s ex step-dad, BTW) is a bit less clear, as Ty lost some of his confidence in his dad when he relapsed and returned to prison in late 2016.

However, he’s said he loves his father unconditionally no matter what, which is huge, considering Butch was high and in prison for most of his life.

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Tyler Baltierra's mom Kim

Tyler Baltierra's mom Kim

Tyler’s mom Kim, Butch’s other ex-wife, is definitely the most level-headed grandparent in the Baltierra bunch, often lending Tyler an ear when he needs to vent about Cate’s postpartum depression or his dad’s relapse.

She also offered up her son tips on how to conceive a baby boy, so #parentinggoals like whoa!

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Tyler Baltierra's mom Kim

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Tyler’s mom Kim, Butch’s other ex-wife, is definitely the most level-headed grandparent in the Baltierra bunch, often lending Tyler an ear when he needs to vent about Cate’s postpartum depression or his dad’s relapse.

She also offered up her son tips on how to conceive a baby boy, so #parentinggoals like whoa!

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Farrah Abraham's mom Debra

Farrah Abraham's mom Debra

Where does one begin with these two? The mother/daughter duo have had a strained relationship forever — Farrah has called her mom a “bitch” on-camera, among other things — and it seems not even Family Boot Camp could repair their bond.

Farrah has been spending less time with her mom in recent episodes (and in recent life) and is distancing herself from Deb’s wedding, as she thinks it’s better to be happy for her from afar.

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Farrah Abraham's mom Debra

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Where does one begin with these two? The mother/daughter duo have had a strained relationship forever — Farrah has called her mom a “bitch” on-camera, among other things — and it seems not even Family Boot Camp could repair their bond.

Farrah has been spending less time with her mom in recent episodes (and in recent life) and is distancing herself from Deb’s wedding, as she thinks it’s better to be happy for her from afar.

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Farrah Abraham's dad Michael

Farrah Abraham's dad Michael

However, Farrah and Michael are still relatively close, and he’s her go-to babysitter for Sophia when Farrah is out of town for work.

Michael, who’s been divorced from Debra for nine years, is dating a new woman, Amy, who Farrah actually likes, so we have high hopes for this one.


Farrah Abraham's dad Michael

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However, Farrah and Michael are still relatively close, and he’s her go-to babysitter for Sophia when Farrah is out of town for work.

Michael, who’s been divorced from Debra for nine years, is dating a new woman, Amy, who Farrah actually likes, so we have high hopes for this one.


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Jenelle Evans's mom Barbara

Jenelle Evans's mom Barbara

But perhaps no mother/daughter relationship in Teen Mom history is as complicated as Jenelle’s and Barbara’s. 

Babs is so involved in her daughter’s life (and Teen Mom 2) because she still has custody of Jenelle’s oldest son Jace, 7, despite her daughter’s constant attempts to revisit the custody arrangement.

Jenelle has said she thinks Barb is keeping her son from her for fame and attention, and even said she might not invite her to her fall 2017 wedding to David Eason. Yeesh.

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Jenelle Evans's mom Barbara

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But perhaps no mother/daughter relationship in Teen Mom history is as complicated as Jenelle’s and Barbara’s. 

Babs is so involved in her daughter’s life (and Teen Mom 2) because she still has custody of Jenelle’s oldest son Jace, 7, despite her daughter’s constant attempts to revisit the custody arrangement.

Jenelle has said she thinks Barb is keeping her son from her for fame and attention, and even said she might not invite her to her fall 2017 wedding to David Eason. Yeesh.

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Here at Wetpaint we’ve talked at length about the Teen Mom stars, their kids and their baby daddies, but isn’t it time for the grandparents crew to get their due?

Though the moms’ moms like Debra Danielsen may lead us to assume all the cast members have complicated relationships with their parents, that’s not the case most of the time — just look at Chelsea Houska and Papa Randy!

So here’s your handy dandy guide to all the OG and TM2 cast’s own parents — original baby daddies’ families included! — and what their relationship is like with their kids and grandkids both on and off camera.

Teen Mom OG airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.