Maci Bookout Talks About Raising a 'Young Man' and Her New Co-Parenting Dynamic with Ryan Edwards (Exclusive)

The mom of three is watching her oldest come into his own

<p>Maci Bookout McKinney/Instagram</p> Amanda Conner, Ryan Edwards, Bentley Edwards, Maci Bookout McKinney and Taylor McKinney (left to right)

Maci Bookout McKinney/Instagram

Amanda Conner, Ryan Edwards, Bentley Edwards, Maci Bookout McKinney and Taylor McKinney (left to right)
  • Maci Bookout McKinney is sharing more of her life as a mom of three on season 2 of Teen Mom: The Next Chapter

  • The mom of three tells PEOPLE she's adjusting to raising a "young man," as she prepared for oldest, son Bentley, to turn 16 and start driving

  • Maci also opens up about how her and husband Taylor McKinney are adjusting to co-parenting with her ex, Ryan Edwards

Maci Bookout McKinney is embracing a season of change.

Speaking with PEOPLE about the new season of Teen Mom: The Next Chapter, the mom of three says that she's excited to share "a lot of new things" with fans of the MTV reality series.

"I think for me, I feel like this season is full of new things viewers haven't seen in the past. Bentley is almost grown and he's driving, so I'm parenting a young man, not a baby or a toddler or a little kid anymore," she shares.

Maci also says that she's excited for fans to "get to know the real Ryan," as she settles into co-parenting her oldest with ex Ryan Edwards and his girlfriend, Amanda Conner.

"I'm still trying to navigate and figure out what co-parenting looks like with Ryan and me. Later this season, everyone will finally get a chance to get to know the real Ryan and see who he is and how his relationships are developing."

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Related: Maci Bookout and Taylor McKinney Get Together with Ryan Edwards for 'Easter Shenanigans' with Son Bentley

Maci and husband Taylor McKinney — with whom she shares son Maverick, turning 8 this week, and daughter Jayde, 9 — are getting used to co-parenting with Ryan after "always having co-parented with his parents."

"It's still very new for us. We're trying to do everything genuinely and respectfully and figure out what that looks like for us," she says.

All of them are cheering on Bentley, who turns 16 this October, as he pursues his many passions, which include being candid about mental health.

"I honestly have always been kind of in awe of Bentley and his willingness to start therapy, continue therapy, talk about therapy and be an advocate for other young men and boys," the proud mom shares.

"He'll be the first one to be like. 'I've gone through something like that. You should talk to someone. I'll tell my mom to send your mom my doctor's number,'" she continues. "I've always been super proud of that because, for young people, I feel like it's really important to have your peers advocate for themselves and help each other take the steps to advocate for themselves."

<p>Maci Bookout/ Instagram</p> Bentley Edwards and Maci Bookout McKinney

Maci Bookout/ Instagram

Bentley Edwards and Maci Bookout McKinney

Maci's younger pair also give her plenty to be proud of.

"Jayde is just my favorite human of all time," she raves, adding, "I want to be Jayde when I grow up."

"Mav has had some struggles in school. He has dyslexia and goes to a call called RTI and he absolutely loves it. I'm really proud of him and his perseverance in learning how to learn. It's definitely hard and difficult at times, so I'm just really proud of his perseverance there."

The family of five is looking forward to the summer, though Maci admits, "I feel like this summer is hitting a little bit different for me because this is the last summer before Bentley gets his driver's license."

"I feel, in a weird way, like it's our last real full summer with him," she says. "With all my kids, I really want to be in the moment, just living and enjoying all of it."

Teen Mom: The Next Chapter airs Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on MTV.

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