Single teenage mothers face a difficult time bringing up their children, but they can make it. When many of us see single teenage mothers we think that they are too young and too irresponsible to be mothers, but in thinking these things we do them a disservice.
Here are 10 facts about Single Teenage Mothers You Should Know About Before your Criticize Them!
1. Any teen who is sexually active and fails to use contraception has a 90% chance of falling pregnant within 12 months.
2. 3 in 10 American girls will fall pregnant before the age of 20. The reason, they are all playing the game of teenage sex.
3. Nearly 25% of single teenage mothers have a second child within 2 years of the birth of their first child.
4. The rates of African American and Hispanic teenagers giving birth is two and a half times that for white girls.
5. From 1990 to 2008, the rate of reported pregnancies among teenagers fell by 42%.
6. 8 out of 10 teenager dads do not marry the mother of their child.
7. Having a baby is the number one reason why single teenage mothers drop out of school. In fact, more than half of teenage moms do not graduate high school.
8. Fewer than 2% of teenage moms will ever earn a college degree.
9. More than 50% of teenagers have never stopped to think about how having a baby would change their lives.
10. 100% of single teenage mothers need our support to make it
Teenagers experimenting with sex is common on the movies, TV shows and in popular music. Many do this without contraception, or do it in response to peer pressure. OK, they might have made mistakes, but then again who hasn’t? As Jesus once said, let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
Single Teenage Mothers have made the decision not to abort their baby, but to face up the consequences of their behavior. The dads often do not take responsibility, and this leaves the mom struggling to bring up her child the best she can.
With help, understanding and support we can see these incredibly brave young women do an incredible job of raising their children. Their lot is hard enough as it is, they do not need more criticism from other moms. The statistics may be against them, but if we love and support them instead of criticize and roll our eyes at them, I believe that single teenage mothers can become outstanding moms and raise fantastic kids!