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Monday, August 3, 2009

August: Being a Young Mother

Renée had Kendra when she was only fourteen years old. What do you think are some of the challenges of being such a young mother?

9 comments:

Dia Calhoun said...

I think the challenges are enormous because a fourteen-year-old is still growing up herself and is not ready for the all-consuming responsibility of nurturing another life. The only plus I can see is that a fourteen-year-old has so much energy!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

I just can't imagine. I see young mothers and wonder at their strength. Hopefully they have a network of love surrounding them.

The sacrifice a parent makes is so great, just thinking for a second on the physical level, I can't imagine making those while still physically growing. Wow.

Sam said...

One of my friends had a baby at 15(she's 16 now)
She lost a lot of her friends during that time and ended up home schooled. . . Teenagers are vicious.

coe booth said...

That's a good point, Sam. I knew a few girls who had babies in their teens, too, and it definitely changed our friendship. All of a sudden, we were in two different worlds!

Teens CAN be vicious -- that sooo true! But it seems like it's only the girl who gets talked about behind her back. The boy gets off the hook! Why is that?

Shelf Elf said...

I imagine that one big challenge would be shifting your focus almost entirely away from yourself and your needs and dreams, at least for a while. That has to be hard for someone at any age, but maybe it's especially hard for a teenage mom because at that time in your life, you really are at a stage where you are meant to be figuring yourself out, deciding who you are and who you want to become.

Melissa Walker said...

I can't even imagine giving up some of those self-involved teen years to be a mother. You need that time to find yourself!

Ooh, and the boy getting off the hook really burns me.

Little Willow said...

I assume there are many challenges when becoming a mother - emotional, financial, physical, everything - and for someone Renee's age, who was still at home, at school, and a kid herself, all of that would just be further compounded.

Sam said...

A little late, but as for the guy getting off the hook-not always. They don't have to deal with being pregnant, but girls scorn them, guys think they're idiots...They get off easier, but not completely.

Dia Calhoun said...

That's good to hear, Sam.