At 15, most girls are thinking about clothes, boys, and parties. But Jamie got pregnant—and now she's focused on raising her son. It was Friday morning, first period, and I was in my science class, just like a typical kid in a typical high-school science room.
Few teenagers have the experience or resources it takes to start a family. But that doesn't keep them from doing so. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, each year more thanteenage girls become pregnant.
When a teenager finds out unexpectedly that they are pregnant, and will soon have a baby, it becomes a very difficult situation for all parties involved. It is important for everyone to realize that the pregnancy can be okay, as long as the decisions made are well thought out. The best thing to do, is to seek out all possible options, and then discuss them with someone who can help you.
Daughters of teen mothers are three times more likely to become teen mothers themselves. Shows like "Teen Mom," "16 and Pregnant," and movies like "Juno," illustrate the overall experience. It is a matter of negligence, being unaware about sex education, and prevention. The issue is rarely addressed and change needs to come!
Meghan Slocum has a bachelor's degree in English from Whitman College. Teenage pregnancy is a serious social problem. According to the March of Dimes, about three in 10 teenage girls become pregnant before the age of
If you've done a good enough job you get rehired as a trusted friend and advisor. If you continue to do a good job, your teen may well even take your advice. It's appropriate for your teen to want to make her own decisions now, and to think for herself.
You've lived through 2 a. So why is the word "teenager" causing you so much worry? When you consider that the teen years are a period of intense growth, not only physically but emotionally and intellectually, it's understandable that it's a time of confusion and upheaval for many families.
On the upside, you might find that parenting comes to you quite naturally as a teenage parent. You might be better than older parents at getting used to the changes that children bring, as well as dealing with little or no sleep. Or you might worry about balancing work and family life, finding a job, finding affordable child care, or keeping in contact with your friends. Teenage parents do face special challenges as well.
Having the ability to check off commonly accepted parenting prerequisites — a quality education, a good job, mental and emotional stability, a safe home — can make the challenge easier to tackle and overcome. Unfortunately, adolescents who become parents often have a shortage of key life skills and other resources that are vital to the parenting process. This sad reality is supported by research showing that, on average, children who are born to teen parents are less likely to ever reach their full potential.