Proud Teen Mom
Submitted by SarahKatina
Why do people always underestimate teen parents? I'm a teen mom and I'm proud. My son's well fed, clean, clothed, etc. Yet some people walk past me and hiss and say cruel words and glare at me as if I'm scum.
I was 17 when I gave birth and I turned 18 exactly a week later. But because I'm young, I'm frowned on like most other teen moms. I understand that there are some teens that pass their kids onto others whenever they can so they can go out to party. But many of us don't. We work hard for our kids. While many of my mates are partying, I'm at home cooking, bathing and playing with my son. I go out two Saturdays a month if I'm lucky. That's less than what some middle-aged parents do!
Just because we're young doesn't mean we're not good parents! Many 20- and 30-something parents struggle, but no one complains about them—just us teens.
It's hard being a mom, whatever age you are, but at 18 when all your friends are having fun while you're at home cleaning baby poop, doesn't that prove that we're committed? We made our beds and we're prepared to lie in them—we just ask for some understanding. Being a teen doesn't make us bad parents: It just makes us human, the same as all other moms.