Raising a child isn't an easy thing to do. Raising a child while still in your teens is even harder. Raising a child, starting your career, finding yourself and getting an education are some of the hardest things most people will ever achieve in their lifetime. Can you begin to imagine going through all of these at the same time? Children need to be fed, bathed and cared for almost full time, do these people get the support they need?
For many teenage girls, becoming pregnant can mean a withdrawal of support when it is most needed. Teenagers when they become pregnant can suffer from a lack of support from the school and schoolteachers, the general public and even friends and family. Many find themselves with ultimatum, have an abortion or move out.
There is also the common stereotype that teenage parents are missing out on the best years of their lives. Many, while finding their experiences tough and challenging, have no regrets and are happy with where they are, in the long term. They still of course wish, that things could have been easier, so they could have enjoyed being a parent and having first born even more, maybe with a husband and without all the added stress. The social consequences are the last thing on a mothers mind.
Teenage parents deal with a lot of stereotyping both from, including strangers and friends. Many people don't wish to acknowledge the fact that it only takes once to get pregnant, which may very well be the case for the pregnant teenager. Yet many people will look at her as lowly, assuming she got pregnant on purpose and had slept around often. Her parenting skills are doubted, even if she follows the most popular of the parenting experts.
Relationships are also strained in almost all areas of a teenage parents life. In many cases the father leaves or is unwilling to accept responsibility in the first place and they are left to be a single, teenage parent. Council housing is rarely available and if s...