The views expressed in this post are those of a Spoke contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Red Tricycle. What some may view as a lack of parenting, is what I deem parenting on purpose, as we work to build necessary life skills in our kids. My foursome have been expected to get themselves up on early school mornings since they started middle school. There are days one will come racing out with only a few minutes to spare before they have to be out the door. I heard a Mom actually voice out loud that her teen sons were just so cute still, that she loved going in and waking them up every morning. Please stop.
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This week, news broke that a Michigan school district is barring two teens from displaying their pregnant bellies in their school yearbook. Aside from the ironic fact that teens who receive abstinence-only education are actually more likely to become pregnant than the students who receive accurate sexual health information about prevention methods, the situation in Michigan also illustrates the pervasive negativity that Americans associate with teenage pregnancies. Unfortunately, the situation in Michigan is hardly the only example of this dynamic in play. Here are five other instances of teen moms being shamed instead of supported:. One teen mom in North Carolina can relate all too well to the pregnant students in Michigan. One Louisiana high school banned pregnant teens from attending classes on campus altogether. Last year, a charter school in Louisiana received significant backlash for its policy forbidding pregnant students from remaining on campus.
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For girls who get pregnant in high school and the years right after, it's not always easy to tell what the next few months and years will look like, which is why we asked a dozen girls to get real about their experiences as teen moms. I wish I would have known that going to college was going to be almost impossible. It's not so much a financial thing as a babysitting issue. I don't want my son in daycare when he is so small. And without daycare, or someone to watch him, I don't have a way to go to school.
I n a recent study conducted across three medical centers in Ontario, researchers examined how pregnant teens and young parents experience media portraying pregnant and parenting youth. And whether those portrayals are from sitcoms or reality shows, real teen parents see them as mostly negative. According to the study, these depictions lead to the formulation of negative stereotypes that tend to affect real life teen parents in their day-to-day life. On one side, sitcoms tend to portray single mothers as lazy, overtly sexual, or lacking in intelligence. In either case, young parents in fictional TV are often seen as negligent sponges on society who have more or less ruined their lives.