I'm talking about teens who are DELIBERATELY trying to get pregnant.
I'm sure you've seen this on the Maury Povich show. Teen girls aged thirteen to sixteen sleeping with hundreds of guys because they're desperate to get pregnant for several reasons. Because they think it's cool, funny, awesome or because they want a baby so they'll have something that loves them unconditionally. They are not ready to be mothers and refuse to acknowledge it.
Recent MSN news has announced a school in Memphis, Tennessee has an alarming number of teen girls that are pregnant or have given birth. As many as NINETY girls (one in five enrolled at the school) are either teen moms or have a baby bump.
This is more than a statistic, people. This is a sound for an alarm. These girls and their boyfriends are clearly not practicing safe sex and seem to be uneducated in the consequences of their actions. Is it their fault? Absolutely! But can parents and teachers make a difference? Of course! Teenagers have to understand that having a baby is not a fad or a cute thing. It's a major responsibility and they are not capable of handling it at a young age.
Education starts at home. Parents, TALK TO YOUR KIDS. Teens, LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS. And play safe.
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Edit (February 15, 2011): The problem's just gotten worse.
This week's In Touch magazine (I don't read it but my mom and sister do and I happened to notice it) has a cover story that alarmed me.
Five stars from the show Teen Mom are destroying themselves with the fame they got through the MTV show. The money they were given has gone to drugs, breast implants, partying, clothes, cars but none for the children.
Jenelle Evans is the spending girl. She's been blowing all her money on herself and not putting anything aside for her son, Jace. She bought clothes, a car and has been partying. According to the story, she also believes she'll get rewarded from her bad behavior and she's even been arrested for a B&E with her boyfriend.
Farrah Abraham is the girl who got implants. She once had the dream of supporting her daughter by opening her own restaurant but fame changed that dream into now wanting her own spin off show and to become a sex symbol.
Amber Portwood is the girl who got addicted to pills. Worst of all, she's hoping to support herself by becoming a porn star. She's been in jail, almost ODed on pills in front of her daughter and made an amateur adult film to practice baring it all for porn companies.
Chelsea Houska is another party girl who has a very bad relationship with her boyfriend and the father of her baby. They will often fight loudly in front of their daughter and both will go out and leave the baby with friends while they party hard and forget about their responsibilities.
Maci Bookout was once known as the good girl on Teen Mom but fame tempted her as well. She wound up getting her own boob job and a make over in order to get noticed by the press and others. She's not giving care to her son either.
And MTV wants us to believe these girls had it hard?
I did watch an episode of 16 and Pregnant today and I thought it was very sad. But at the same time, I can't help but wonder what goes on behind the scenes when the cameras are snapped off.
I hope I didn't offend anyone, I just wanted to offer my view on teen pregnancy.
I'm going to wait until I'm 30 before I think about a child. I don't want to be another teen mother. Because honestly, Babies shouldn't have babies. Not saying I hate everyone that is a teen mother. But it's just not right.
I do acknowledge that there are some responsible teen parents out there. I once knew a girl in school who used to be flat out against the idea of having children when we were twelve. I moved away the next year and I happened to meet up with her again when I visited home while in high school. She was pregnant and happy about it with the baby's father still in the picture. We kept in touch and she married her baby's father and had another with him.
When it happens to the right person, I know they can step up and be the parent that their baby needs.
But not everyone is like you.
It's a sad fact that people need to face. Not every teen has the capacity to be responsible and to care this much for a child. The hard work scares them or they find out having a baby is more than just someone that loves them unconditionally. This stamp is aimed at them.
This stamp does not say anything about how teen parents have ruined their lives. Please don't jump the gun here.
*I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT 100%*****
Teens don't understand they're limiting their options when they get pregnant. No parties, no school, no time to "chill" with friends because all of this focus will go on THE CHILD. THE CHILD WILL HAVE TO BE THEIR #1 PRIORITY
they will have to waste their money, have to pay trust funds, won't be able to sleep for YEARS and get awoken by this child in the middle of the night for useless things, and will have to be prepared to play with the child at five in the morning and be prepared to deal with many sleepless nights. And if all this devotion DOESN'T go to the child then they have ruined another life and another human being has to suffer through neglect and depression. With a child- it's either all your time, all your money, and EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT, or this child will grow up to be a murderer or sociopath, or grow up with depression and start cutting like an idiot (no offense to people who cut. It's not your fault). Do you really want to be that selfish teen moms? Huh? All of you stupid teen moms don't know what the heck you're doing. Teens who want to get pregnant, rear that whole thing over again. It's either sleepless nights, weight gain, money waste, or cutting, chances of murder, depression, all because of your selfishness. THINK! wait til' he's the one and you're married to him. It makes it all so much better. Children are wonderful things, BUT NOT WHEN YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE CONSEQUENCES! Please, teens who want to get pregnant, I'm posting this because I don't want you to ruin your life
I knew a sex ed teacher. He told boys if you touched a girl's thigh she would get pregnant.
And they believed him. I went home, asked my mom, she said, "What the FUCK?!" and called the school. Not about sex ed. The fact that he needed to be teaching us the right things.
Yay! Go mom!
Way to go 16 and Pregnant for corrupting a girl to that level
I believe people who don't support this is ignorant to the reality of the situation
You have to be 18 in order for you to be a adult legally.
A 13 year should not be getting knocked up by a 25 year old.
That's just creepy.
That's setting everyone up for problems :l
Teen pregnancy is never a good way "to get back" at anybody.
Running away is never a good way "to get back" at anybody.
Being "pro-mia/ana" is never a good way "to get back" at anybody.
In the end, the only one being fooled is the teen girl whose plan "to get back" at someone comes back to burden her.
Wth has happened to parenting?
Your high school had that? o_o
Sorry for coming off so harsh, but it was open to rant...