Friday, September 7, 2012

Five for Friday: Teen Parents

I was born to, and then separated from, teen parents. My first mom was kicked out of high school two weeks before graduation for "showing," and she was required to turn in her National Honors Society pin. Here are five articles that I encourage you to read on the subject of teen pregnancy and young parents.

1) What’s Wrong with Blaming Teen Parents?
2) Quilting is not Geometry: Pregnant and Parenting Teens Deserve an Education Free from Discrimination
3) Teen Moms Look for Support, But Find Only Shame
4) The Truth About Teen Parenting
5)  How to Live Through the Discovery that Your Teenager is Pregnant


  1. My MIL was a teen parent (16 when my husband was born) and she did a darn good job but was lucky to have huge amounts of familial support (which does come with strings attached, but she could never have done it without them).

  2. Support, from family or elsewhere, is definitely the key! It was what was missing for my parents.

  3. My son's birthparents are teenagers, and I think the decision they made around adoption was made for very good reasons, But I am very clear that being a young parent in not a reason in itself for adoption.

  4. Thanks for your comment, Harriet. You've hit on the very thing that is tricky about what I try to do with my writing. I want to speak out against some trends that I find problematic, but that doesn't mean that I'm against every single individual adoption. I do understand that each situation is unique. I know you already know this about me, but I liked your comment because it got me thinking about how to best speak out against some of the negatives of the general without condemning the specific. I don't know if that makes any sense, but anyway, thanks for getting my mind whirling. :-)


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