According to the CDC, teen birth rates in the United States have been steadily declining since 1991. Data indicates that the best way to reduce this is through comprehensive sex education, access to contraceptives, and access to safe abortions. Unsurprisingly, just hoping really hard that teens will stop being raging bags of hormones is remarkably ineffective.
But just because it’s on the decline doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. It’s still happening quite often, and what happens after is as varied as the people themselves. Let’s hear a few stories from some women who became moms very early in life – and how it affected them.
10. “Barely finished high school”
You get out there and do it!
9. “Very funny”
The universe has an odd little way of doing things.
8. “Everything I did was for my child”
Living that college life, just a bit later.
7. “Belittle me”
Not sure why we mock people for taking the jobs they need to take.
6. “It’s the reason why”
Hard to get up sometimes, but man is it worth it.
5. “More manners than most”
“Everyone said I’d fail since I was a teen mom. Look now.”
4. “I received welfare”
“Not everyone abuses the system.”
I’d say that’s an understatement. Most don’t.
3. “Age didn’t help”
Just how much bounce do we expect?
2. “I was a teen mom.”
“People who didn’t believe in me can kiss my a**.”
1. “People still look down at me.”
What a strange thing to be judgemental over.
Here’s to the moms of all ages.
Do you have experience with a teen mom situation?
Tell us about it in the comments.