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Understanding The Reality Of Being A Teenage Mother

I often watch shows like Dr Phil and 16 & Pregnant. When I do I find myself almost amused at how these girls can delude themselves into thinking that being a teenage parent is going to be easy and fun. Raising a baby at any age is hard, especially if you have to raise your child alone like me.

Its not just about the cost and day to day feeding and nappy changing that you have to consider. Teenage girls in particular often forget about their baby's mental development. They need to be stimulated. That means playing with them and taking them to baby groups.

Babies actually grow very quickly and their activities and what they are exposed to needs to reflect this. Its not healthy for a young baby to remain in the house all day just staring at the TV.

I think teenagers need to be made to understand the reality of being a teenage parent a little more. As more often than not they will be raising the baby without a father, will have no or very little money and will struggle to finish school. On top of that their needs will come second every single day, as they must put their child first.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on October 1, 2015, 6:39 PM

I think having to truly take care of a pet is a big help in understanding what is going to happen. Sadly many parents allow the kids to enjoy the pets without ever doing any of the work. Cats need very little constant attention but you do need to provide food, water and a clean place to potty. If a kid is made to do just that little bit it shows them that anything dependent on you is going to be work.

cheri wrote on October 3, 2015, 7:51 AM

These are the things that teenagers should realize first before taking the plunge. It is easier said than done. There are a lot of responsibilities of becoming a parent.

DanieGirl8587 wrote on October 4, 2015, 5:23 PM

It'd hard enough raising a baby as a young adult. Teens are so delusional and think they know everything. Most of them think that by keeping the baby, their relationship with the man will last when most either leave completely or leave the mom. It's a true wake up call being a parent. I just feel bad for the babies. I'm thankful I got pregnant when married and stable.

markgraham wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:15 PM

Some high schools offer Child development classes or even Early childhood education courses if some students want to become day care or preschool teachers. I know they do this in the states and I think they offer classes like this in England but not sure.