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What do you think of teen mums?

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teenmumandlovingit Fri 20-Sep-13 17:12:50

So, yeah, becoming pregnant was a mistake. A big mistake. I was pregnant at 18. I love my daughter Eliza and son Thomas, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

Anyway, to cut it short - WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TEEN MUMS?

Tee2072 Fri 20-Sep-13 17:13:43

Nothing, actually.


DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Fri 20-Sep-13 17:16:23

Errr, nothing at all actually. It's not something I dwell on really, either way.

Why? You seem a little cross/ tense/ defensive?

BackforGood Fri 20-Sep-13 17:17:59

What they ^ said.
I might judge an individual person's behaviour, but I wouldn't lump a whole group of people together, even if it were something I spent time thinking about.
You seem to be looking for a fight ?

DropYourSword Fri 20-Sep-13 17:18:09

IMEI teen mums generally tend to cope very well.

DuelingFanjo Fri 20-Sep-13 17:19:20

there are good mums and bad mums and great mums and awful mums. I try not to judge parents on their age but rather on their parenting and even then what you might see is just a snap-shot.

meditrina Fri 20-Sep-13 17:20:34

As a whole group, no general opinion.

Individuals? Well, it depends on what I see them doing (rather like parents of other ages).

stargirl1701 Fri 20-Sep-13 17:22:24

That it must be the 'hard' way round to do things. I think it was far easier to go to Uni, sort out house, career, marriage, etc. before having children than having children then going to Uni, getting a mortgage, etc.

That they must be far more responsible than I was at 18/19. My biggest worry was how much money I had to go out with at the weekend as a student not the immense responsibility of caring for a child.

That they'll have grown up children (freedom!) in their 50s while mine will be in secondary or tertiary education.

TantrumsAndBalloons Fri 20-Sep-13 17:22:37

Well, the same as any other mum really.

There are some good parents, irrespective of age.
And there are poor parents again irrespective of age.

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Sep-13 17:24:39

Well teens are 13-19 so you can't generalise.

Hassled Fri 20-Sep-13 17:27:19

All I think of teen mums (and I was 20 when I got pregnant with DC1, so pretty close) is that it makes life that little bit harder for them. Harder to finish qualifications, harder to start a career, harder to have a social life.

CressidaMontgomery Fri 20-Sep-13 17:27:40

Not a lot. At a push I think they've wasted years they won't get back but that's about it

usualsuspect Fri 20-Sep-13 17:28:44

What would you like us to think?

kotinka Fri 20-Sep-13 17:29:39

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Onesleeptillwembley Fri 20-Sep-13 17:29:40


usualsuspect Fri 20-Sep-13 17:29:48

O was a teen mum, I don't feel like I've wasted my life.

usualsuspect Fri 20-Sep-13 17:31:04

I not O*

I'm not sure who O is grin

Tee2072 Fri 20-Sep-13 17:31:27

What publication do you work for?

TantrumsAndBalloons Fri 20-Sep-13 17:32:33

I was 18 when I was pregnant with dd. 20 with ds1.

I don't feel like I've wasted my life at all.

DuelingFanjo Fri 20-Sep-13 17:32:38

my mother was pregnant around 18, it's no big deal is it?

TantrumsAndBalloons Fri 20-Sep-13 17:33:43

cressida why do you think teen mums have wasted their lives, just out of curiousity?

usualsuspect Fri 20-Sep-13 17:33:51

It's only a big deal if you make it one.

Most of us just get on with it.

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Sep-13 17:33:55

I think being pregnant under 16 isn't a great idea. I wouldn't think of an 18/19 year old as a teen, I know they are but they are legally adults then.

Sparklingbrook Fri 20-Sep-13 17:34:24

Anyway what about the TEEN DADS?

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 20-Sep-13 17:34:32

What Tee said ^^.
And you need to learn subtlety.

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