Teen Mothers: The challenges of being a teenage mother and the impact their immaturity has on their kids.

Did you know The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world?

Thirty-four percent of young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 -- about 820,000 a year. Eight in ten of these teen pregnancies are unintended and 79 percent are to unmarried teens.

With teen pregnancy becoming more common and numerous resources out there why is teen pregnancy still a epidemic?

What are some of the challenges teenage mothers face?

Were you a teen mom? If so what were some of your challenges you faced?

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Comment by paula kirkland on February 25, 2010 at 10:52am
To the parents teenage boys and grls, DO NOT SAY WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL AND WILL NOT DO!!!!!!!!! I can't stress the statement enough, you know what you did when you was younger. And ifyou didn't then the kids around you. It's a new age now kids do the damnest things now. If you have girls don't hesitate to place them on birth control, unless you want to be a grandparent. It's not telling your child it's okay to have sex, but telling them to be prepared when that time comes. Also, you want to be prepared. Fathers talk to your son about the importance of using protection.
Comment by paula kirkland on February 25, 2010 at 10:42am
I wanted to comment on this issue because i was a teen mother. I had my first son at fifteen, other girls my age had done had babies as well, one even had twins. But, i didn't look for my mother to watch my son as the other girls did. Really i didn't trust anyone to watch my baby. I didn't know everything when it came to being a mother, but, with my mom there helping me i learned alot. My mom was strong for me so i had to be for her. With the upbringing of my mom and my aunts I am a old school mother. So, a word of advice to the grandparents and the young mothers "one mistake doesn't make you, but the love that mends the wound, is what makes you stronger.
Comment by LORENA WHITE on February 23, 2010 at 8:40pm
My mother was a teen mom and so is my baby sister and from what I see the children of these teen moms are the ones who pay. Children look up to those who raise them and when the one you look up to can't even take care of themselves what mind set do the children really have. In my own case I wasn't a teen mom but a singel mom and I wish I just could have waited until I made my own place in the world before I tried to raise a child on my own.To all the young ladies I say make your own place in the world before you bring life into this world. The reward is so much greater when you have something to offer your children. Give them more than a struggle because thats what your going to have when you have them at such a young age and single. Get your education and get your place in this world. Prepare yourself for being a mother because regardles of what it looks like being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world. GOOD LUCK LADIES.
Comment by Ayana on February 23, 2010 at 5:45pm
Too many kids think sex is a none issue. Make these girls/boys get to see what been a parent is about. What happen to home ec class where you take care of a doll, egg, or a pet then report on it?
Comment by CyCy on February 23, 2010 at 4:28pm
I was a teenage mother. Having to balance another life in between school, not having anyone respect you because you're a teen mom, having to rely on someone else (mom/dad). You feel all alone, at least I did. Tremndous stress. You see your peers goin out and dating, well I didn't really do all of that but it still hurt, because you can't really participate. People already prejudging you because you have a child at a young age. It's very hard, because when you're a teenager you're suppose to be selfish; thinking about yourself, spending your lil money on yourself but when you have a child then it all goes to them. My child is about to turn 7 and I'm in college, and it's still hard because I can't be involved as much as I want to, I can't go out whenever I feel like it, if she's sick I have to take off work or miss school or take her to class and people look at you crazy. I have to balance so much and sometimes I wanna give up but as a mother I cannot. It's possible to push through it but it is hard and it's not without God's help


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