Teen Parents and Prom Night

April 18th, 2008
Categories: Teen Parenting

It’s prom night at some of the local high schools in my town. My nephew and his girlfriend will be attending. She has the perfect dress. He has a corsage for her. They’ll go to dinner with friends before the prom and the bowling after party to end the night. They’ll come home, tired but happy. But before they crawl into bed, they’ll check in on their sleeping son. I’ve written about my nephew and his girlfriend before. They are teen parents. When they found out that L was unexpectedly pregnant, L was sixteen and T was seventeen. At first, they were not sure what they were going to do but ultimately they decided that they would parent. Yes, it would have been more ideal had… [more]

Parenting for a Year

July 11th, 2007
Categories: Teen Parenting

My great nephew, Landon, turns one year old today. We had a birthday party over the weekend celebrating his first birthday. His young parents have been parenting him for a whole year now! I’ve written about Landon and his parents, T (Landon’s dad) and L (Landon’s Mom) before. His parents had the odds stacked against them to struggle to parent him. They were teenagers. They were still in school. They hadn’t been together very long. They didn’t have jobs. They didn’t have their own place. They didn’t have money to provide for a baby. People doubted if they could be successful parents due to all of that. There were people who originally thought they should probably have an abortion and I’m sure… [more]

Teen Pregnancy 4 – Conclusion

August 20th, 2006

If you had asked me a few years back, my opinions on teen pregnancy, I would have probably been a little negative thinking that a teen parent could not possibly have the patience and financial abilities to properly provide and care for a newborn. I probably would have thought adoption might be a better option for that child. However, my opinions have been greatly changed by a little man named Landon. s;eepy Landon was born to my nephew, T, and his girlfriend, LA. My nephew is seventeen and his girlfriend is sixteen. He is a senior in high school and she is a junior. Sure, it would have been more ideal if they had waited until they were older to become parents but… [more]

Teen Pregnancy – Part 2

August 18th, 2006

In continuing with the teen pregnancy series, today I’d like to share the story of a teen mom. 2 Meet Tabitha Tabitha became pregnant for the first time at 16 years old. She married her high school sweetheart while she was pregnant. She gave birth to her son two days after her 17th birthday in 1997. She freely shares the triumphs and tribulations of being a teen mom with us. Did you consider adoption? For about 1 hour on a very bad day. Neither of us could find jobs and money was scarce. Adoption was an unselfish thought and back then I was thinking selfishly and wanted this baby. I don't think we thought of the baby at all; although if you asked me… [more]