Last month, I commented on Bristol Palin’s break-up with her fiance, Levi Johnson, the father of her 3-month-old son, Tripp. Now, she seems to be making life difficult for Johnson, and she gets away with it, as reported by the Associated Press:
“Some days we can have regular conversations without fighting,” Johnston said. “Most of the times, I don’t know what’s wrong with her. She’s in a pretty bad mood, she’s short, she doesn’t want me around, I don’t think. She says that I can come see the baby and that kind of thing, but wont let me take him anywhere.”
Why is it alright for her to restrict his visitations? The baby belongs to both parents equally, yet as the father, Johnson gets shafted and shortchanged on time with his son. You can argue that as a teenage dad, he’s probably apathetic, but regardless, he should be allowed to take his own child out.
Palin could have trust issues, as to be expected for new mothers who suddenly have to worry about another human being. She demonstrates a short temper and unpredictable behavior pattern, both of which are symptoms of post-partum depression. In this instance, she should let her ex-fiance see the baby as much as he wants, and perhaps this is necessary based on her mood swings.