The single mom's struggles are documented on the upcoming Lifetime reality show

By Liz Raftery
Updated June 13, 2012 07:00 PM
Richard Knapp/Lifetime

Being a single mom is hard work under normal circumstances, but when your family is the subject of constant media scrutiny, it’s even more difficult.

Bristol Palin, the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is learning that lesson all too well, as her struggles raising her 3-year-old son, Tripp are documented on her new reality show, Life’s a Tripp.

Palin, 21, moves from Wasilla, Alaska, to Los Angeles in the show’s premiere, bringing her sister, Willow, with her to babysit Tripp during the day while Bristol works for a charity.

“You guys have to read to Tripp every night,” mom Sarah tells her daughters as they prepare to leave. “That’s part of the deal. … It’s a lot of work taking care of him.”

But by the second episode, Willow, 16, tells her sister she’s heading back up north, prompting Bristol to break down in tears.

“You just don’t realize how much harder this whole experience in California is going to be without you here,” Bristol tells Willow. “I need my family, and I need your help.”

Adds Bristol about her son: “He has no one here except for me. … I just don’t want to be here alone.”

Life’s a Tripp premieres June 19 (10 p.m. ET) on Lifetime.