Living to Love

January 31st, 2012
Posted By: on Crisis Pregnancy

For those who know, I am a birth-first mother who has experienced two unplanned pregnancies--one in adulthood and one in my teens. I have always had a "modus operandi"--a way of handling difficult things. Something in common with both pregnancies-- I ran away from responsibility, didn't face the truth of the situation and when things got tough I found a way to cope. I escaped into video games, and TV and decided to not face the change that would happen, whether I was ready or not. With the first born, Kenny, I celebrated and my pregnancy was very public and I was unaware of what it would take to become a parent. I had a ton of people come visit me in the hospital, and my family even welcomed me back into the… [more]

The Stigma of Single Parenting

March 29th, 2010

Mom and BabyWhen talking about the subjects of adoption , abortion and single parenting, I am always amused to see the two different camps of thought. Some who have placed their babies for adoption state that one of the reasons (in a list of many) that they chose relinquishment was the stigma that is attached to single parenting. While discussing the topic of abortion and adoption with a group of adults untouched by the actual issues, they stated that the stigma of single parenting died a long time ago. So which is it? It depends, really. On many things! Where you live, the age of your own parents, religious views and, of course, your own age all come into play as to whether you're… [more]

Opinions on single motherhood

July 4th, 2007
Categories: Single Mothers

Sometimes people think it’s no longer unpopular to be a single mom today—and compared to the stigma single moms experienced in previous generations, things are in fact better. With nearly one in four births involving an unmarried woman, single motherhood is certainly very common these days. But is single motherhood truly accepted, or just grudgingly tolerated? A recent story from MSNBC reports that more than 65 percent of Americans say single women having children is bad for society. Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed said a child needs a home with a mother and a father to grow up happily. If that 70% majority is correct, then one-quarter of our children have very little chance at growing up happy and well-adjusted… [more]

In the News: In House Program for Single Mothers

July 2nd, 2007

An article out of the Marion Daily newspaper in Illinois recently caught my attention. The article highlights the Refuge Home, a program for young, single mothers. I’m not too fond of the name of the home, but the program itself sounds pretty good. This program is an in house program where single mothers over the age of eighteen can come live with their babies. They can stay until their child turns two or sometimes longer, depending on the situation. The home has a staff so there is always someone around to help out if needed. The girls in the home are encouraged to pursue their education by either getting their GED or attending classes at a nearby college. Some of the… [more]