Maci Bookout’s 2-year-old son Bentley has been raised in front of cameras on the hit MTV series Teen Mom. Now, Maci tells Life & Style that she’s planning his early retirement from reality TV in hopes of giving him a normal childhood.
I don’t want to steal his childhood,” Maci says. “I don’t know if being on TV in elementary school would be difficult for him. I want him to have a normal life.”
Although the $60,000 paycheck per season enables her to give Bentley a great life – and the tot gets a kick out of seeing himself on TV – Maci is putting her son first.
“I think there’ll come a time,” she worries, “when he’ll be like, ‘Mom, we’re not normal! Why does everyone want to take my picture? Why does everyone know my name, but I don’t know them?’”
Still, the TV series has been a “blessing” in her life. “Without the show, I would’ve had to have a full-time job and be in school full-time and rarely ever get to spend time with Bentley,” Maci says. “It’s been difficult, but it’s also been a big blessing.”