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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?

lljkk Fri 20-Sep-13 20:13:57

My mother & grandmothers were all teen mums. Feel a bit bad about not carrying on a family tradition.

TheOrchardKeeper Fri 20-Sep-13 19:33:28

I'm almost 23 and had DS at 19.

It is certainly not a choice I'd advocate but I really didn't want an abortion and was upduffed by accident, so just had to deal with it.

I'm now doing a degree and it would obviously have been easier the other way around. People will think/say what they want, so it's how you feel about yourself and how you act that matters. Who cares, frankly?

Pillowplumper Fri 20-Sep-13 17:43:12

My mum was barely out of her teens and she has a very successful career. I was also young and still went back to finish my master's degree. However, I think I would be quite sad if my daughter was a really young mum. It is hard to build a career or finish your studies when you also have the demands of a young family. I also wouldn't have wanted to miss out on all the crazy fun and travel that I did in my teens and wouldn't want my children to either.

BigFatCushion Fri 20-Sep-13 17:42:42

Stinks of journo in here.

TantrumsAndBalloons Fri 20-Sep-13 17:37:35

At 18 I was a teenager, just starting my degree.

But I still don't feel like my DCs were a mistake or that I wasted my life.

LynetteScavo Fri 20-Sep-13 17:35:39

Er...odd question.

I don't really think anything about teen mums. confused

Did you have both of your DC in your teens? Do you consider them both a big mistake? confused

If someone under 16 became pregnant, I would be concerned about he health. If someone under 18 was pregnant, I would be concerned about her education.

But then if a career minded person in their 20's who was desperately trying to climb the career ladder became pregnant, I might be concerned about her career.....but I don't really think anything about people of any age in general. Everybody's circumstances are different.

usualsuspect Fri 20-Sep-13 17:34:52

I was 19, still a teenager.

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

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

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

Anyway what about the TEEN DADS?

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.

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.

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

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

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 17:32:33

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

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

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

What publication do you work for?

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

I not O*

I'm not sure who O is grin

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

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

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


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

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

What would you like us to think?

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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