Such a very touchy topic for more then one reason. Back in 2002 I was a teen mother. It wasn't because I wasn't loved or taken care of. It wasn't that I was some out of control teen my parents couldn't handle. Life happens and it happened to me. I think the difference with me was I had a great support system so I wasn't alone and never lacked anything emotionally or materialistically. I knew how to handle my business and was too strong willed to let that stop me. So, I pushed through and graduated a year early, kept a job to support my child and began life as a teen mother. I can say i always provided for my daughters and my parents didn't have to raise them. I fought the odds and got my college degrees and started a company and made something of myself.
Not every teen is as blessed and fortunate as I was. In Colorado, we as a state , rank 49 in births of children to unmarried mothers. Not too shabby. But we rank 32 in teen pregnancies. Teen girls between the ages of 15-19 birthed 194,370 babies in 2017. (2018 data is not available). This is huge. That means that somewhere there is a fatherless child because chances are the the parents are the same age. There is also a high chance that the mother didn't finish high school. Parents, I urge you to find a mentor for your teen daughter if they are sexually active or not following a healthy path in life. I know we all want to be the voice in our childs life, but truth is they sometime digest things easier and are more free to openly talk to someone unbiased and someone they feel they won't get in trouble with.
Here are some facts about teen mothers: 1. they are more likely to rely on public assistance ( food stamps, section 8 etc). 2. they are less likely to finish high school 3. they are more likely to have children with poorer education, behavioral and health outcomes.
Let's save our teen girls! If you can't be the voice they listen to, find a mentor you trust to lead them and motivate them for greatness. Change starts with us.