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Erica - posted on 04/09/2009 ( 717 moms have responded )

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Hey everyone, my name is Erica... I am doing a research paper on teen pregnancy and would like to ask a few questions i could hopefully get some feedack to. Teen mothers don't have to respond to this message.. it would also benefit me if mothers at different age ranges to participate in this... Thank you! feel free to be descriptive!



1) What age did you have your first child?





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?







3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?









4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?











5)What's the best thing about motherhood?











6) Is the father involved?







7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?











8) Do you have a good job?







9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?







10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?







11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?









12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?









13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?











14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

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Samantha - posted on 04/09/2009

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1) What age did you have your first child? 19 (got pregnant at 18)
2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant? I was mortified and scared.  I also felt completely alone.
3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react? Yes, at first he cried and got angry about the situation.  He eventually came to terms with it.
4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they? yes, I became slightly anemic
5)What's the best thing about motherhood? knowing that I created that little life, and seeing her smiling, happy face each morning
6) Is the father involved? yes, he loves his little girl and he and I are still dating
7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help? yes.  I live with my parents and my mom watches my daughter when I go to class (I am a 1st semester college freshman)
8) Do you have a good job? I currently don't have a job because I am focusing on school so I can get a good job in the future.
9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult? no.  It is very difficult juggling the responsibilities of a young baby and schoolwork.
10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad? I think it doesn't make a difference.  Both parents have difficulties.  some are the same, some are different.



11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children? I would be missing the most amazing kind of love there is...the love between a mother and her child.
12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful? I am not currently struggling.
13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there? to be the best person they can be for their child's sake and to cherish every moment~they grow so quickly!
14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? being a mommy to a beautiful little girl, having a college degree and working as a nurse.  Possibly will be married to my boyfriend and father of my child. 



 



 



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Alexis - posted on 12/16/2013

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1) I was 16 almost 17
2) I was scared, nervous
3) I did tell the father and he was actually excited.
4) No complications during my pregnancy.
5) The best thing about motherhood is being able to see him grow up.
6) The father is involved.
7) Yes my family helps, they watch him during the day so I can go to school.
8) I don't have a job but my boyfriend does.
9) I am still in school, and yes it is very difficult.
10) I think it's equally difficult.
11) I don't know if I can answer that question.
12) I am struggling with balancing being a mom and a teenager.
13) Don't drop out of school and don't stop having a social life after your baby is born.
14) In 5 years I hope to be in my first year of teaching.

Monta - posted on 02/11/2013

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1) What age did you have your first child? I was 16..


2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant? Scared, excited.. Loads of emotions all together. :P



3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
yes I did. He was upset at the start because of our age but he was better after awhile.



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
nope. Non




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
No your child laughting, calling you mummy. Oh there is so many good things about it. :)




6) Is the father involved?
not for my oldest. My youngest yes.


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
yes. My mother and sister is there when I need them. The help is anyway I need at that moment.. Money, baby sitting. Anything really..




8) Do you have a good job?
no. Im still staying at home with my boys.


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
yes. I left school.. I went back couldn't do it.. But starting again from September.



10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
Dad.. As dads always just do everything when we are not around. They never really take full responsibilities..



11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
my life.. I wouldn't be myself if I wouldn't have them. I lovey life with my kids. Its the best thi g that has happened to me
:)



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
Not really.. Sure somethimes I think would have more money but I can pay for big and nice 4 bedroom house and feed my childrien.. Buy their clothes and toys. So I wouldn't say im struggling :)




13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
probably never to give up no matter how ruff it feels. :) everything happens for a reason
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14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years Finished collage and working as a social worker. Preferred - with young mothers. :)

Taylor - posted on 01/31/2013

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I'm not due for 4-5 more weeks, but I thought I could still help out as I can answer most of these!

1) What age did you have your first child?
I am/will be 18

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
I was just breathless; I was scared to tell my parents, but I was never disappointed or upset about becoming a mom! I think I'd wanted it for a while just never pursued intentionally because I am young.

3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
The second I found out! He was a little bit disappointed because he knew he was going to have to make a lot of sacrifices for me and the baby, but throughout the pregnancy/seeing ultrasounds/feeling him move etc, he's looking forward to fatherhood

4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
Bladder infection (very common I hear) and iron deficiency/anemia, the 1st treated with antibiotics and the latter being counteracted by additional vitamins and iron supplements.

5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
I don't know yet!

6) Is the father involved?
Very much so.

7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
I have a huge family and they've been really supportive (almost too supportive...my mom is an expert after having 6 kids so she's always right...same w sister. You know!) They give me advice and speak from experience, my mom helps us with getting baby things together and she also helps monetarily (like she put me on her car insurance to save me money and I pay her in cash each month), stuff like that. We also get foodstamps and WIC checks each month and I get so much support from all the classes and groups offered from WIC

8) Do you have a good job?
I'm 35+ weeks pregnant so I personally only work part time making $7.75, so no I don't have the best job, but the babys father works 60+ hours a week at two different (slightly higher-paying) jobs, so we make it work, he's the best!

9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
No, I got pregnant about 6 months after I graduated. (He has his GED)

10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
That's not a fair question, both have their ups/downs and pros/cons; he has to work more than me to support us, but this means he's going to miss out on a lot of the little things that happen. I'm sure I'll be quite stressed in my new-motherhood, and I'll want to throw up how much harder it is but...it's not like he's relaxing at work you know!

11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
So much! Family is everything and I'm looking forward to starting one.

12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
No! We save money because we don't have internet/cable at ALL and we only pay for what we really need, always saving back whatever money we can. Our house is pretty boring (to other people) because with no tv all there really is to do in your downtime is talk to each other, but we love it!

13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
Dont be afraid to ask for help, there are so many people who would love to give it!

14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
Happily married (we're getting married the 16th!) with our own house, hopefully no longer renting but maybe paying a mortgage, with more stable long-term jobs for us both /may change my mind and find myself wanting to be a stay at home mom, which he would support/ maybe have another kid by then

Makenna - posted on 01/30/2013

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1) What age did you have your first child?
17 years old.

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
I was scared at how my parents would react.

3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
I called him &&was like, "Dad, I have to tell you something". &&my dad, being the joking guy he is replied, "Yr pregnant". but he was just trying to be funny. Then I had to tell him I really was pregnant. He was not happy.

4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
I was in labor for 4 days. My son was 9 pounds, 1 ounce. Keep in mind, not pregnant I weigh 105. So imagine what giving birth was like for me. &&yes, i had my son naturally. When my son was born he has amniotic fluid in his lungs so i didn't get to hold him right away. It was so scary, all the nurses &&doctors surrounded him &&he wasn't making any noise. I thought he was dead for a good 3 minutes. Nobody would tell me if he was alive or not.

5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
Getting to spend every moment with my son. He's my best friend.

6) Is the father involved?
Yes, we are currently engaged.

7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
Yes, both mine &&my fiance's families help out as best they can, when they financially can.

8) Do you have a good job?
No, i'm currently enrolled in College.

9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
No, I got my diploma. It wasn't that difficult cause I was doing Independent Studies.

10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
Neither cause both parents have pretty much the same responsibilities.

11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
A lot.

12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
No I am not.

13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
Enjoy every moment you have with yr child(ren) no matter how difficult some situations may be because soon yr babies will spread their wings &&you will miss them not being yr little cuddle bug anymore.

Sharna - posted on 03/23/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

16



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

I was shocked.





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

Yes and he dumped me soon after accussing me of cheating.







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

No.









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

I get to wake up to my sons smiling face every morning.









6) Is the father involved?

no





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

No and my partner.









8) Do you have a good job?

I am a student.





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

No and yes very.





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

dad





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

My whole world.







12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

No







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

Never give up.









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

Teaching a classroom full of children.

Kelsey - posted on 03/22/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

I had my son at 18 years old.



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

I was terrified. I was 17 years old, senior year of high school, and in a terribly rocky relationship.





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

He was shocked, he didn't know how to handle it because we had not had a great relationship in the first place.







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

I had terrible morning sickness for the first 3 months and was losing weight.









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

The absolute joy & love that my son brings me to every day.









6) Is the father involved?

On occasion. We are trying to work out our relationship, but he is there for my son when he wants to be. He is 19 and he still wants to drink and party with friends, and it has taken a toll on our relationship.





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

My grandparents (who raised me) help when I need things. But I am mainly very independent.









8) Do you have a good job?

I have a part time job as a secretary. I make $10 an hour.





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

I actually decided to graduate early when I found out I was pregnant. I went for home schooling and graduated with my regents in 3.5 years instead of 4 years.





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

A dad. He can leave whenever he wants, I never get a break.





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

I would love to live my teenage life, but I am so in love with my son that I wouldn't want it any other way.







12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

I'm good, besides my relationship with my sons father.







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

No advice, GOOD JOB!









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

Graduated from college, living in a house taking care of my son with a good job.

Kelie - posted on 02/20/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

18 years old



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

scared



3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

he was happy



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

nop



5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

see him growing



6) Is the father involved?

yes, we're married



7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

yes, thanks to them i have everything i need for my son



8) Do you have a good job?

no, i stay at home



9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

yeah ... but that was before i got pregnant



10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

dad



11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

going out, see my friends,



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

yeah, but every mother does..no?



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

be strong, and have faith



14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

finish my studies, and working

Samantha - posted on 02/19/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

17 years old



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

in trouble lol





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

no my mom did, he didnt talk to me for two weeks now he helps me a lot with everything







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

no i just tested positive for group b step and had a high fever, heart rate and blood pressure during labor









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

how excited my daughter gets when me or her dad walk in the room









6) Is the father involved?

very he is her favorite person





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

yes, they watch her, give me money, drive me to appointments and my mom found a job for my boyfriend









8) Do you have a good job?

im unemployed





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

yes, it wasn't difficult i just have to get my GED





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

dad, they didn't have to push that thing out lol





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

travel and college







12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

yes, a job







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

it gets easier....eventually









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

in my own place with a job and maybe a little boy

Samantha - posted on 02/19/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

17 years old



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

in trouble lol





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

no my mom did, he didnt talk to me for two weeks now he helps me a lot with money problems







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

no i just tested positive for group b step and had a high fever, heart rate and blood pressure during labor









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

how excited my daughter gets when me or her dad walk in the room









6) Is the father involved?

very he is her favorite person





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

yes, they watch her, give me money, drive me to appointments and my mom found a job for my boyfriend









8) Do you have a good job?

im unemployed





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

yes, it wasn't difficult i just have to get my GED





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

dad, they didn't have to push that thing out lol





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

travel and college







12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

yes, a job







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

it gets easier....eventually









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

in my own place with a job and maybe a little boy

Tara - posted on 02/18/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

Had just turned 18





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

I was a bit scared at first but came around to the idea







3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

Yeah, nervous but excited









4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

I miscarried one of the babies at 6 weeks. Alleah survived and is happy and healthy!









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

The cuddles, 'i love you's' and seeing such an amazing person grow up











6) Is the father involved?

he sure is







7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

My family are pretty good. If we need a break to see a movie they watch her for a few hours and stuff. Alleah goes to kindy 3 days per week while I work and she loves that :)











8) Do you have a good job?

Admin Officer.. hoping to get something different soon though







9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

Yes, but not due to pregnancy..







10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

Dad DEFINITELY!







11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

Love! I constantly feel love when with my girl. Yeah, she is frustrating at times but there is nothing more satisfying then hearing her say i love you.









12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

Trying to balance work/mum is a bit hard. Lucky i'm only part time at the moment :S









13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

No one is perfect. Just do your best.











14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

Hopefully owning a home!

Hannah - posted on 02/11/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

18 years old



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

nervous but alright





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

He was with me when I did the pregnancy test, he wanted to keep the options open and look into abortion and talk about if we could manage a child. He was calm but Im sure a little nervous too





4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

Near the end my belly wasnt growing at the rate they were hoping so they did extra ultrasounds and they were worried that my baby wasnt growing enough or that I had leaked some of the amniotic fluid.

When he was born he had low birth weight but they said other wise very healthy so not to worry.





5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

All the love and cuddles my little one gives me =) watching him grow and become such a wonderful boy







6) Is the father involved?

Yes we ended up getting married when our son was almost 2





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

My parents help out so so so much, they built us a granny flat so that we could live with them! They are willing to babysit when asked in advance if they can.





8) Do you have a good job?

Stay at home mother





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

I graduated before finding out that I was pregnant





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

Im not sure, I think both a very hard but mothers have a harder time physically as they carry the child or 9 months, breastfeed for however long and its not easy to be on call 24/7.





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

So much all the cuddles and joy of seeing the first steps!





12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

No, some times its very hard but I have so much support that if I begin to struggle help is quickly available







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

Find other mums who you can hang out with, keeps your kids busy and you can talk to someone in a similar position. Playgroup has been great for me as none of my friends have kids.







14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

In 5 years my son will be in primary school, our 2nd child will be 4 and my husband and I will hopefully have bought our own house.

In 10 years I would love to do some traveling

Brittney - posted on 02/07/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

I got pregnant when I was 17 and had my daughter when I was 18



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

scared and excited





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

He already knew, but when I told him he gave me a hug while he was at work.







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

I had bad morning sickness for the first 3 months, I was without a doctor for 2 months because I refused a blood test, I hemorrhaged after birth and got a blood transfusion.









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

Hearing how my daughter grows everyday. She's 15 months and says over 40 words and I couldn't be prouder.









6) Is the father involved?

Yes, we are married. We got married when I was 6 months pregnant a month after I graduated from high school.





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

I'm a stay at home mom so theres no need for them to help.









8) Do you have a good job?

I don't work, my husband does.





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

No, I stayed in school, hiding the pregnancy (It was easy because I didn't start to show until 6-7 months along).





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

a dad, because he can just walk away and not think much of having a baby. A mom has to carry the child for 9 months, then go through the agonizing pain of delivery and any complications that arise.





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

I'm missing out on going to college.







12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

No. We have everything we need. We bought a house a year ago.







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

Just do your best and cherish the moments you have with your child(ren).









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

I see myself taking biology classes while my daughter is in kindergarten. Making a lot of money to pay off our house and give our daughter the best chance.

Monta - posted on 02/07/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

Got pregnant when i was 15. Had the baba when i was 16!





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

Scared, confused, happy.





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

He was with me when i did the test! He was awful scared but happy!







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

No!









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

Every smile, every laugh. hearing your baby calling you mama! loads more!









6) Is the father involved?

my oldest- no! Youngest- yes!







7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

Yes! Buying stuff for the babys, minding them!









8) Do you have a good job?

Not yet anyhow!





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

Yes! Twise!





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

Dad! Because you have no presuare of other people! Like if dad stays home with the baby people are saying- look hes so good staying with the baby and everything! But when mam does no1 says anything!





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

Happiness! joy! loads of things!









12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

Yes! Finishing school!









13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

Be strong, everything happens for a reason!









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

Working and taking care of my babies!

Ashley - posted on 02/07/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

19



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

pure numbness when i first found out





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

to be completly honest i didnt tell the father until i was about 7 months(it was a one night stand) but he asked the initial is it mine? and then said he would be there to support us.







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

the pregnancy was great no morning sickness, no weird cravings etc and then i got diagnosed with pre eclampsia at 35-36wks and was hospitalised until i was induced at 38wks with no success and then again at 39wks









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

the hugs and kissses from the kidsfor no reason at all...and having a reason to wake up everyday









6) Is the father involved?

no...a once a yr text...he has seen him once or twice wen he was younger





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

my family help with babysitting if i waant to go out, picking the kids up from daycare if my class is running late, offering cheaper rent, taking me to docs apptments, money if im running short etc









8) Do you have a good job?

being a mother is my job, and its great just not very well paid money wise hahahahaha





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

at uni now with 2 young ones, it was hard at first put once i got into a routine it was alot easier





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

dad





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

i would be missing out on so much if i didnt have my kids, kids teach you how to love unconditionally, whatfear really is, how to feel for another when they are hurt or in pain.







12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

depends what u call successful, i struggle but thats because i cant keep to my budget and i keep finding sales lol







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

dont thinks its the end of the world...your friends maybe out clubbing, going to uni, travelling etc but just remember all those things canwait for you...









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?



graduated and maybe running my own business :)

Lindz - posted on 02/03/2012

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1) 17 years old

2) surprised, excited, nervous

3) I told them, they handled and supported me

4) Nothing with the baby, but I had to have an elective c-section because of scoliosis. pregnancy didn't help my mis-aligned hips either

5) Watching her grow and change and learn

6) yes

7) My family helps A LOT! We live with them.

8) Part-time college student and part-time stay-at-home mom and volunteer at a teen & family center

9) No I was already in college at 16 and just had to drop the class I was in. Its ok it was math.

10) It's hard to be either.

11) The unconditional love and joy she brings and the purpose she gives you in life.

12) I would say tredding water, low income and college student/mom so I'm handling

13) Hang in there and ALWAYS put your child 1st no matter what the situation is, family and your child comes before friends (which are also important though) always.

14) 10 years I'll have my P.hd in Clinical Psychology and helping teens/young adults with severe mental illnesses.

Rachel - posted on 02/02/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

19

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

I was thrilled

3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

He knew about 30 seconds after me, we were both very happy.



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

Natta

5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

Seeing my baby smile

6) Is the father involved?

We just got married =D

7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

My sibs baby sit once a week, and grandma (in law) drives us to the doc. She also makes sure we get one day out to shop every month. Grandpa Baby sits kids over night once a month.

8) Do you have a good job?

Im as stay at home mom, husband works

9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

I finished my college degree at age 19 and 8 month 3 weeks pregnant.

10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

Sanity wise the dad, he doesnt deal with crying and tantrums. However physically I think there both pretty equal.



11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

I honestly wanted kids, I do miss my sexy-er body, and parties but it was def worth trading in.



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?



No



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?



I would stay to stick in there, and never be afraid to ask for help. Grandparents area a great resource who love to baby sit (in moderation) for those days you need some alone time. Also play dates are amazing to meet moms like you.



14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

I want to own my own house, and maybe start a career.

India - posted on 02/02/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?::

I was 18 years old.





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?::

It took about a week for it to really hit me. I remember waking up and I just knew I was pregnant. It was like a movie or something. I sat up and in my head, I just went, "I'm pregnant." I just knew. I took a pregnancy test and it was positive and I guess it didn't really hit me for about a week. At first I thought that I might get an abortion, but after a few days, I realized I couldn't do that. I was very scared. I come from a very religious and conservative family and so I was very scared and ashamed to tell them.





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?::

I told him after I decided that I wasn't going to get an abortion. I remember that he was pretty shocked and angry at first. He told me that he felt like his life got taken away from him at first. He was on vacation in California with his family and I think that having the time to think about it was good for him.





4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?::

Not anything that's a big deal. I had really bad morning sickness for the first 4 months and towards the end, my doctor thinks I became allergic to some of the hormones my body was producing because I started to get a rash during the last couple of weeks. She also got too big too fast and it ended up strectching my skin so badly that it started to actually kind of split open my skin and bleed.





5)What's the best thing about motherhood?::

There are a lot of great things about motherhood. I remember being so so so exhausted that all I wanted to do was sleep, but when I had the chance, all I wanted to do was watch my daughter sleep. But one of the very best things is the way they look at you with so much love and the way she says, "Mommy, I love you," when I need it most.





6) Is the father involved?::

Yes. We have been happily married for 3 years this month :)





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?::

In some ways. I lived with my adoptive parents. My mom loved to hold her and my dad would go out at any hour of the night to pick things up for me if I needed them. He was great. My biological mom sent me lots of things and gave me hand me downs. She was super helpful.

The biggest help was my sister, who is 16 months younger than I am. She used to come home from school and take my daughter for anywhere between 2 and 6 hours so that I could sleep. She took a week off of school to help me out, slept in my room if I needed her to. She helped me a lot.





8) Do you have a good job?::

I do not. My husband is currently in the military and we haven't been able to settle down yet to where I could get a job. But I am looking and hoping to start school soon. It will be hard to leave her though :(





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?::

No, I didn't. I transferred to an alternative school that would work with me because of my morning sickness and I got my high school diploma. I am very proud of that because it was extremely hard, but I did it.





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?::

I think there are hard and easy things about both. I think that, for my husband, it would be hard to be gone at work all day, but I think that being home with my daughter all day and having to discipline her and be the bad guy a lot of the time is hard too. But both jobs are hard.





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?::

I would be missing out on so much! My husband being in the military and traveling, of course, but I would also be a completely different person if I didn't have any children.



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?::

I am struggling with my body image and my self esteem because I haven't started school and I've had trouble losing baby weight even though it's been a couple of years. My husband and I are not good at budgeting, which I think is a skill we would have already learned if we were older when we had the baby.

As for my self esteem, I really need to start college. Education has always been the most important thing to me. And I need to work on my fitness and be healthier.





13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?::

Whether you are 13 or 35, if you choose to keep that baby and become a mother, you are forfeiting the right to put yourself first. Remember that baby comes first. Don't let your drama and selfishness get in the way of what's best for them. If you can't take care of your child, give them to someone who can.





14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?::

In five years, I see myself working, but also still in college and in 10 years I see myself (hopefully) working in the career I want for myself. :)

Charity - posted on 02/01/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child? 18





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

scared/happy





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

yes. excited/scared







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

went into preterm labor at about 35 weeks









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

waking up to his smiling face every morning









6) Is the father involved?

yes





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

yes. they help in every way they can









8) Do you have a good job?

not currently employed





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

no. it wasn't hard. I had alot of support





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

dad





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

the joy of his presence







12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

yes financially







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

do the right thing. if your able to, go back to school. its the smartest decision i ever made since my son's birth.









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

married, more kids,

Amanda - posted on 01/30/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?



20





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?



scared as hell....but absolutely thrilled







3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?



he found out with me..his eyes got huge and he just held my hand for the next few hours. when he finally got over the shock, he wanted to touch my stomach!









4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?



no all things went pretty well, only problem was that he was "growth restricted"











5)What's the best thing about motherhood?



seeing everything iv ever wanted in those beautiful eyes. motherhood was my calling and i feel like i have purpose in my life i never knew i could.











6) Is the father involved?



he is the proudest daddy in the world, we just celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary and are about to welcome our new daughter into our family.







7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?



my family is alway around and 100% hands on! they help any way they can. such happy grandparents!!!!











8) Do you have a good job?



i am currently working on opening my own dessert business. other than that i am a stay at home mommy.







9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?



graduated '07







10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?





mom. for me, things come much more naturally and i feel like i was meant for this. for him, things are still new and because of his childhood, he has so many fears about doing the wrong thing and making mistakes that will mess up our baby for life. he stresses so much more than me!!





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?



my meaning for living!!!









12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?



is anyone ever not struggling? the greatest thing that has helped us get through everything is having a support system to lean on. for me, thats first my husband, and then my family. surround yourself with positive loving people, and you'll find you can pull miracles out of your butt lol









13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?



If its meant to be, you will know it! if your not sure, or you want something else more than you want that baby, consider adoption. you have to make the decision that will bennefit both of you and make you both happy!!!











14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?



running my own business with a couple kids running around my feet helping me decorate cakes! sounds like heaven!!!

Amanda - posted on 01/30/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?



20





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?



scared as hell....but absolutely thrilled







3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?



he found out with me..his eyes got huge and he just held my hand for the next few hours. when he finally got over the shock, he wanted to touch my stomach!









4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?



no all things went pretty well, only problem was that he was "growth restricted"











5)What's the best thing about motherhood?



seeing everything iv ever wanted in those beautiful eyes. motherhood was my calling and i feel like i have purpose in my life i never knew i could.











6) Is the father involved?



he is the proudest daddy in the world, we just celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary and are about to welcome our new daughter into our family.







7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?



my family is alway around and 100% hands on! they help any way they can. such happy grandparents!!!!











8) Do you have a good job?



i am currently working on opening my own dessert business. other than that i am a stay at home mommy.







9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?



graduated '07







10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?





mom. for me, things come much more naturally and i feel like i was meant for this. for him, things are still new and because of his childhood, he has so many fears about doing the wrong thing and making mistakes that will mess up our baby for life. he stresses so much more than me!!





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?



my meaning for living!!!









12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?



is anyone ever not struggling? the greatest thing that has helped us get through everything is having a support system to lean on. for me, thats first my husband, and then my family. surround yourself with positive loving people, and you'll find you can pull miracles out of your butt lol









13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?



If its meant to be, you will know it! if your not sure, or you want something else more than you want that baby, consider adoption. you have to make the decision that will bennefit both of you and make you both happy!!!











14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?



running my own business with a couple kids running around my feet helping me decorate cakes! sounds like heaven!!!

Tanya - posted on 01/27/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child? 28





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant? freaked out







3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react? yes i did and he reacted really immature about









4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they? nope











5)What's the best thing about motherhood? all the new things i get to see her learn and i teach her











6) Is the father involved?

not in the picture





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help? yes they do they take care of mydaugther while i work and go to school











8) Do you have a good job?

yes





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult? never







10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad? when your a single mother you have to do both or be both







11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children? nothin really









12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

alittle but i'm goin to school to get a better job and to have a full time job







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

it's hard but hang in there thinks things over and do your best for you and your child









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? married and in the states



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1) What age did you have your first child? 28





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant? freaked out







3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react? yes i did and he reacted really immature about









4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they? nope











5)What's the best thing about motherhood? all the new things i get to see her learn and i teach her











6) Is the father involved?

not in the picture





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help? yes they do they take care of mydaugther while i work and go to school











8) Do you have a good job?

yes





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult? never







10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad? when your a single mother you have to do both or be both







11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children? nothin really









12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

alittle but i'm goin to school to get a better job and to have a full time job







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

it's hard but hang in there thinks things over and do your best for you and your child









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? married and in the states



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Tylynn - posted on 01/26/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child? 16





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant? Afraid







3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

yes. he felt the same way i did.







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

No complications









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

Hearing my boy say i love you mommy.









6) Is the father involved?

yes



7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

Yes my family helps when they can. Babysitting, financially, ect.









8) Do you have a good job?

Yes





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

no, it was difficult but i knew i had to finish to give my son everything he needed.







10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

i have no clue!



11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

too much to list.







12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?



No I am not struggling





13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

Teen moms - do not drop out of school, your child is depending on you and you need to give that baby a great life and its not all about you anymore, grow up.









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

married with a successful career

Samantha - posted on 01/24/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

17yrs old



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

I felt afraid but i knew abortion and adoption where not options for me (personal choice)





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

yes i told the father, he was excited







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they? NO



5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

Seeing the smiles on my childrens faces and feeling the unconditional love we have for eachother



6) Is the father involved?

My first born yes, my second born no





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

Yes my family helps when they can with babysitting and company..



8) Do you have a good job?

No, my boyfriend supports our family by choice, we both prefer me being a stay at home mom





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

Yes





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

I think both parents share equal responsibility in different ways





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

I love being a mother and i wouldnt have it any other way



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

no, i have a great support system in my life







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

dont forget about yourself, Happy mom= happy kids



14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

working from home, maybe a part time job, on the way to owning a home in the counrty or small town

Jessica - posted on 01/23/2012

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1) What age did you have your first child?

19 YRS OLD





2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

SCARED BUT EXCITED





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

YES, HE WAS SHOCKED AT FIRST BUT HE WAS EXCITED AS WELL







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

YES MY BABY GIRL WAS IN BREECH POSITION IN THE LAST TRI SO HAD TO GO FOR A CSECTION IN HEALTH WISE EVERYTHING WAS FINE



5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

EVERYTHING FROM THE STRESSFUL MOMENTS TO THE HAPPY MOMENT I LOVE IT ALL









6) Is the father involved?

YES





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

YES MY MUM WATCHES BUB WHEN I NEED A BREAK AND SHE DOES EVERYTHING FOR ME IF I NEED HELP









8) Do you have a good job?



NO IM A AT HOME MUMMY



9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

NO





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

NO EVERY STEP IS A CHALLENG THAT I AM WILLING TO TAKE I STRUGGLE BUT I STILL PULL THROUGH AT THE END OF THE DAY



11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children.

NOTHING



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

NO







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?



I DONT THINK OF MY FUTRE I LIVE DAY BY DAY

Ronda - posted on 01/20/2012

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1. I was 18

2. I was very happy, and scared at the same time.

3. Yes, we planned the child.

4. No, but I was anemic after.

5. Shaping a life!

6. He was in the beginning, but he left.

7. Yes, my family & friends are a huge support for me!

8. Yes

9. I did at first, but I made up the courses.

10. A Dad

11. Mayhem, Craziness, Selfishness.

12. Not anymore

13. Wait, if possible. I planned my children so I am mostly telling girls like myself. Also, nothing in this world is more important that raising this child, nothing. It is precious, they are precious.

14. Raising the last one still :)

Kimberley - posted on 12/24/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
17

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
scared


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
yes and he stuck by me



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
yes i had anemia




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
seeing them grow and develop




6) Is the father involved?
he was up until august then he went prison but still contacts every now and again


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
yes they watch the children when i need a break




8) Do you have a good job?
not at the min as i have 3 children and im a single parent


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
no and yes it was at times


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
a dad


11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
everything



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
nope



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
be strong




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? with a good job and stable family life

Kimberley - posted on 12/24/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
17

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
scared


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
yes and he stuck by me



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
yes i had anemia




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
seeing them grow and develop




6) Is the father involved?
he was up until august then he went prison but still contacts every now and again


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
yes they watch the children when i need a break




8) Do you have a good job?
not at the min as i have 3 children and im a single parent


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
no and yes it was at times


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
a dad


11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
everything



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
nope



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
be strong




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? with a good job and stable family life

Johnann - posted on 12/21/2011

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1)What age did you have your first child? 17


2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant? Scared



3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react? Yes. Upset because his mother just passed away so I guess he was just overwhelmed




4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they? Not at all! Everything went perfect with my first. But will my second I did (I was 18) I became anemic and had horrible back pain and I had an abruption during labor and had to have an emergency csection.





5)What's the best thing about motherhood? Watching them grow and learn. And all the love in the world!




6) Is the father involved? Yes we are happily married



7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help? Yes they do. We used to live with them and now mainly all they help out with is getting my car fixed and occasionally my dad puts a $20 Wal-Mart gift card in my car without me seeing with a note saying “Emergency’s” lol





8) Do you have a good job? No but my husband does. I will be looking for a job when we get another vehicle soon.



9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult? Yes I did. But I got my GED in Oct 2011



10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad? A dad



11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children? I would prob still be acting like an immature child. Being a mother helped me grow up a lot!




12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful? Yes. We are already fixing it. We both just passed the GED test. Enrolled in college!!! And I will be working soon.




13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there? Always be there! Your children are #1 and need you more then anything. The only reason you shouldn’t be there is if your working or going to school. The hard times will pass one day so just keep going and don’t give up!!!





14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
A successful Licensed Psychologist! Finally owning a home and driving nice vehicles and not counting change to buy something we need. I already have everything I need (My healthy, beautiful family) but we will finally have everything we want!

Rebecca - posted on 12/21/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
I had my daughter at 16

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
i was scared and happy at the same time


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
yes, he was scared and freaking out about he was going to tell his parents



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
no




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

watch my daughter grow up



6) Is the father involved?

yes

7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

yes, they are very helpful. help me more than anything



8) Do you have a good job?

i have to good job
- stay at home mom
- nanny


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
no, it was easy for me, but i have always been a good student


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

yes i do, when you have a great family to help you learn and give you advise yeah it is easy

11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

nothing really, i can't see my life now any other way


12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
no



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

what work for you just roll with it



14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

still being a stay at home mom but with 4 more kids

Rebecca - posted on 12/21/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
I had my daughter at 16

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
i was scared and happy at the same time


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
yes, he was scared and freaking out about he was going to tell his parents



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
no




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

watch my daughter grow up



6) Is the father involved?

yes

7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

yes, they are very helpful. help me more than anything



8) Do you have a good job?

i have to good job
- stay at home mom
- nanny


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
no, it was easy for me, but i have always been a good student


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

yes i do, when you have a great family to help you learn and give you advise yeah it is easy

11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

nothing really, i can't see my life now any other way


12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
no



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

what work for you just roll with it



14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

still being a stay at home mom but with 4 more kids

Crystal - posted on 11/25/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?

16



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

at first scared and i thought that our parents would be soo disapointed and hurt that we didnt use protection..





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

yes. and he said that everything would be okay and he mad sure that i wasnt already stressing myself out..







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

yes, i had gestational diabetes..









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

watching my kids give each other hugs and kisses, playing with each other, and i love when they tell their daddy they love him or anything sweet(i dnt know its just something about when they are nice to him it sweet)









6) Is the father involved?

yes. he is the best father out of all of my friends babies fathers and out of all of the fathers in our families(his brothers and broth in law)





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

yes.. our families have helped us out soo much..we are soo grateful that we do have families that help because some people aren't as lucky as we are..









8) Do you have a good job?

i am a stay at home mom..but my fiance has an okay job..it pays the bills and we have what we need..





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

yes.. middle of my 10th grade year..





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

i think it is the same amount of work in my position. because of the fact that he does so much with our kids when he gets home from work or when hes off..





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

time with friends, more things for myself rather than baby/toddler things..







12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

yes.. but i know that until we can afford daycare for three kids i have to deal with it because i chose to have kids this early in life..







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

stay strong and make sure you try your hardest at teaching right from wrong because you will pay for it in the end..









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

hopefully finished with school get either a ged or preferably a diploma..and in college..

Heather - posted on 11/23/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?

19



2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

happy scared excited and worried about my families reaction, happy that my then boyfriend/ now husband was very happy and supportive he actually told my parents lol





3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?

He was excited and happy he is one year older then I am







4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?

I had antenatal depression and pregnancy induced hypertension in my first pregnancy and then antenatal depression in my following preganacies









5)What's the best thing about motherhood?

Having my children and family to ground me and the maturity that i have now and watching my children grow and teaching them about life









6) Is the father involved?

Yes my husband and i have three children and he stays home with them while i go to school





7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?

Yes both our familys help mine takes the kids during weekends on at christmas and summer break so we get some relaxing husband and wife time and we live in his parents old house so we can afford to go to school









8) Do you have a good job?

I am currently in school getting my bachelor of arts in english and psychology





9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?

i was graduated when i started having kids and my post secondary education was put on hold for 4 years





10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

I thin they are equally hard when you both put in 100%





11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?

I would be missing out on the love of my family and also the strength that i have gained through my family







12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?

I am no longer struggling, i had alot of help from my doctors husband and family and friends they all kept me afloat







13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?

I would say talk to your doctors and local community health centers for additional help there are tons of programs to help mothers out there check with colleges in your area of you want to go to school









14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

I will be finished school enjoying my family my ids will be in school my husband will be running his own buisness and i will be writing and editing or counselling

Candice - posted on 10/26/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
18 yrs old


2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
excited


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
yes, excited and worried



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
yes , preclampsia




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
waking up to my boys smiling




6) Is the father involved?
yes, now happily married


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
no, my boy goes to daycare 1 day a week




8) Do you have a good job?
not currently working


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
no, I fell pregnant after i graduated year 12


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
dad


11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
everything



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
no



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
Do the best for yourself and your babies




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

Vera - posted on 10/15/2011

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2.) Overly excited, my husband and I wanted a child so badly
3.) He knew before me hahah
4.) Not at all
5.) Everything! From dressing them up to watching them succeed. My children are not babies anymore though, sadly.
6.) Yes, we are still married and I love him so much
7.) Not really, my kids are grown up but they spend a lot of time with them
8.) Yes I do, I'm an expat
9.)Nope
10.) Dad, NO LABOUR.
11.) My life's happiness
12.) Not at all, I had them late
13.) Stay strong! Try your best to spend as much time with your babies as possible as well. Also, try to get support from your families.
14.) I see myself being 55/60 and having a 19 year old and a 26 year old...or a 23 year old and a 30 year old. Maybe with some grandkids and living near to my last child, as she is the last.

Kristine - posted on 08/18/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
19


2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
Nervous .. I didn't know how I was going to tell my parents.


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
No my mom did & he was very disappointed. We didn't speak for 2 weeks .



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
None .




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
Everything! It can get frustrating at times but at the end of the day they're worth it !




6) Is the father involved?
Yes .


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
Yes my mom & dad are my biggest support system. I currently live with them because of my financial situation & being a full time student .




8) Do you have a good job?
Not as good as I'd like it to be but it's temporary.


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
No I'm in my 4th year of college now .


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
A dad because most of the time the mom just carries most of the responsibility.


11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
Probably nothing. I don't have the same freedom but in the end I don't miss it to much because my son has helped me to become a stronger and more mature person.



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
I'm good right now. We all have our struggles with or without children. It is definitely hard juggling school, work & my son but I know in the end it'll be worth it.



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
Do the best you can! Don't ever settle for less. Being a mom requires a lot of hard work & dedication so don't give up!




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
Finished with college, becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Married, Have my own house & probably working on a second child.

Maddy - posted on 08/05/2011

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I dropped out of school before I had been pregnant. I got hooked on drugs and that's all I wanted to do. I had my son at 15 and at the time I was homeless had been put in the hospital by the guy who had supplied my addiction and beat within an inch of my life. I was a wreck and finding out I was pregnant was a nightmare. I felt sorry for Barry. I felt like I wouldn't give him what he needed that I'd be a failure. But I couldn't do anything about since I was pregnant. Didn't want to abort or put up for adoption. At first I just gave up and acted as before but a few days later I tried to get clean and prepare as best I could. I'm pretty much on my own if I don't find who his father is. My family needs me to pay for me to live with them and if not I have to leave. I have no job and right now I'm at a dead end. I don't get help from either family or bd and never told the bd unless it's the guy I think it is. And he said Barry's not his and like most did. I think what could help more than anything is if I had a stable family that could help but I don't. A dad easily you see if Barry's dad isn't the last possibility. I'll never find him. He would be a deadbeat and never give a fuck that Barry needs him. It's a cowardly worthless job.

The best thing about motherhood is I have something precious to live for to take care to protect and even though I feel too low too dirty and bad of a mother to be his mother I hope to someday become worthy of what I am to him. I try everyday to do what's in my power not to fuck this up like everything else. It's helped me become a better person. And I know without him I'd still be getting high dirty homeless with no goals or anything in my life besides getting high. I love him and I finally feel love for a person which I never did before. In 5 years I hope to have gotten my ged my own apartment a gf ( I'm a lesbian I believe and a stable job maybe as a waitress hopefully going on 6 years of being clean and maybe going to college. I'm not a fan of school though. If I went I'd become a nurse.

And advice I'd give to other teen moms is really say no to drugs. I'd have not gotten myself in this big of a mess I'd have had more and been prepared if I stayed off drugs. I had an incompetent cervix that was why I gave birth prematurely but he got out 24 days later.

Maddy - posted on 08/05/2011

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I dropped out of school before I had been pregnant. I got hooked on drugs and that's all I wanted to do. I had my son at 15 and at the time I was homeless had been put in the hospital by the guy who had supplied my addiction and beat within an inch of my life. I was a wreck and finding out I was pregnant was a nightmare. I felt sorry for Barry. I felt like I wouldn't give him what he needed that I'd be a failure. But I couldn't do anything about since I was pregnant. Didn't want to abort or put up for adoption. At first I just gave up and acted as before but a few days later I tried to get clean and prepare as best I could. I'm pretty much on my own if I don't find who his father is. My family needs me to pay for me to live with them and if not I have to leave. I have no job and right now I'm at a dead end. I don't get help from either family or bd and never told the bd unless it's the guy I think it is. And he said Barry's not his and like most did. I think what could help more than anything is if I had a stable family that could help but I don't. A dad easily you see if Barry's dad isn't the last possibility. I'll never find him. He would be a deadbeat and never give a fuck that Barry needs him. It's a cowardly worthless job.

The best thing about motherhood is I have something precious to live for to take care to protect and even though I feel too low too dirty and bad of a mother to be his mother I hope to someday become worthy of what I am to him. I try everyday to do what's in my power not to fuck this up like everything else. It's helped me become a better person. And I know without him I'd still be getting high dirty homeless with no goals or anything in my life besides getting high. I love him and I finally feel love for a person which I never did before. In 5 years I hope to have gotten my ged my own apartment a gf ( I'm a lesbian I believe and a stable job maybe as a waitress hopefully going on 6 years of being clean and maybe going to college. I'm not a fan of school though. If I went I'd become a nurse.

And advice I'd give to other teen moms is really say no to drugs. I'd have not gotten myself in this big of a mess I'd have had more and been prepared if I stayed off drugs. I had an incompetent cervix that was why I gave birth prematurely but he got out 24 days later.

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To be honest I am a teen mom and these questions can be asked to any mom. Young or old.

Denikka - posted on 08/04/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
I was 19 when I had my first.


2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
There was definitely a moment or two of panic. Especially when I found out I was 6 months along before I knew I was preggers :P not much time to prepare


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
Told him a couple minutes after I took the test. He was at work. There was panic on his side also. And shock.
We both came around fairly quickly though and got excited :)



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
Nope. No complications at all with either of my pregnancies. I'm a *good breeder* XD




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
The kidlets. Having my now 2 years old come up and give me a hug or kiss and tell me love love :)
And having my 6 month old look up at me and just grin :)




6) Is the father involved?
Yup. We've had our ups and downs. He left for about 10 months recently, but we're working things out now.



7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
My grandparents have been super helpful. They drove us around when we needed it (neither of us have our license) and they took me and the kids in to live with them when my partner panicked and ran for a while.




8) Do you have a good job?
The best job in the world :P I'm a stay at home mom :)
My partner works construction, and the pay is not bad. In for a raise soon I hope :)


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
Nope. I graduated before I got pregnant. Or actually, grad was right around the time I GOT pregnant, so it never interfered with my schooling.


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
In my case, definitely easier to be dad :P Mom's the one who does the majority of the cooking, cleaning and child rearing, while dad goes to work. Mom also handles the money and shopping and just about everything to do with the house. Dad doesn't have to worry, just has to go to work :P


11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
If I didn't have any kids, I'd probably still be miserable doing everything to please everyone else. When I had my kids, I found my voice and my personal power. Mama bear definitely has a place in my life :



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
Somewhat. But not enough to need to change things too much.
My son is 2, so there's that struggle. Discipline has been...fun XD
I'm back out on my own, taking care of my own household again for the first time in almost a year, and this time, I'm away from my family and support system (moved 2 provinces away from everyone and everything I grew up with) So that's been a big change.
And of course finances could always be better, but majoritively that comes down to the fact that my partner can't handle money and now that I've come in, I have to clean up the mess he made with the finances.



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
Don't listen when people tell you it will end your life. You can still do whatever you want to do in the end, it just might take a little longer and take more effort than if you were doing it on your own.




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
Exactly where I want to be. Owning a house, working on building my dream house, hopefully having a few more kids (according my plans, if things work out, I should be on #4 in 5 years and be done with #6 in 10 years :P)
I'll definitely have a 12 year old and a 10 year old in 10 years, so I'll be preparing for the teen years, and of course mourning the loss of my sweet babies and wondering where the mouthy preteens came from XD

Jackie - posted on 08/03/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child? 16


2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?shocked,emotional,scared



3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
yes,&between 2ppl cuz one cheated with my sister..so yea he thought it was his but ended up being current fiancee which is better &he was happy



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they? no





5)What's the best thing about motherhood? watching them grow up and going threw the milestones.





6) Is the father involved? yes=)



7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help? they babysit sometimes but financially not much=/





8) Do you have a good job? currently in college



9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult? yes,lack of sitter but went and got GED right away



10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad? dads def



11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children? them their happiness and how much they've made my life worth somehing




12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful? yes.. getting through college to get more money and better career and be a better romodel




13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there? take babysteps and be the best you can be and do the best you can..love unconditional and everythin will eventually b okay





14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? a Cert. Med. assit. with a house married and trying my best to raise my kids the best way i can

Stephanie - posted on 07/18/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
17

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
nervous


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
excited



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
baby and i were spine on spine.




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
watching my daughter learn new things




6) Is the father involved?
yes


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
nope, my mother cuddles her spoils her but thats about the extent of it :)




8) Do you have a good job?
no im currently studying nursing through correspondance


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
yes


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
dad


11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
my whole world.



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
no, but finishing my degree will help



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
find a good support system




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
nursing, in my own home with a 5 yo.

Alana - posted on 07/18/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
17

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
scared that my abisive boyfriend would hit me


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
yes, very badly, he refused to acknowledge i was even pregnant basicaly until i was in labour



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
yes, severe morning sickness- up until 23 weeks, extreme weight loss, my bump was too small and they thought baby was not growing properly, and they found i had strep-b




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
seeing my little mans smile every morning and hearing him say love u mummy!




6) Is the father involved?
he still sees him every friday and sunday for three hours a time


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
not really, at first when there was all the exitement they came round/helped, baby sat all the time, interfered too much if anything, after about a year it tailed off i get no help whatsoever now from my family, they might watch him for a night every 6 months or so




8) Do you have a good job?
no, but my current partner has a fantastic job and im a sahm now


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
i stayed in college until a week before my due date, i was meaning to return to college after having baby but it just wasnt practical, ive now returned to my studies


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

in the case of my son his dad has it easy, sees him 6 hours a week, never diciplines our son or does any of the home work , sleepless nights, he just buys him stuff. he definatley has it easier. but i would always chosse to be a mum over being a dad :) i get more love and cuddles

11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
i could be a fully qualified vet now



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
not with motherhood no, i love it



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
wait until your older to have a kid, but no older than 25, otherwise then your too old, id say about 19/20 is the right age, and have them all by 25




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
with atleast 2 more kids, in a stable job and larger house, aslong as ive got my family ill be happy :)

Alana - posted on 07/18/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
17

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
scared that my abisive boyfriend would hit me


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
yes, very badly, he refused to acknowledge i was even pregnant basicaly until i was in labour



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
yes, severe morning sickness- up until 23 weeks, extreme weight loss, my bump was too small and they thought baby was not growing properly, and they found i had strep-b




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
seeing my little mans smile every morning and hearing him say love u mummy!




6) Is the father involved?
he still sees him every friday and sunday for three hours a time


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
not really, at first when there was all the exitement they came round/helped, baby sat all the time, interfered too much if anything, after about a year it tailed off i get no help whatsoever now from my family, they might watch him for a night every 6 months or so




8) Do you have a good job?
no, but my current partner has a fantastic job and im a sahm now


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
i stayed in college until a week before my due date, i was meaning to return to college after having baby but it just wasnt practical, ive now returned to my studies


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?

in the case of my son his dad has it easy, sees him 6 hours a week, never diciplines our son or does any of the home work , sleepless nights, he just buys him stuff. he definatley has it easier. but i would always chosse to be a mum over being a dad :) i get more love and cuddles

11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
i could be a fully qualified vet now



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
not with motherhood no, i love it



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
wait until your older to have a kid, but no older than 25, otherwise then your too old, id say about 19/20 is the right age, and have them all by 25




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
with atleast 2 more kids, in a stable job and larger house, aslong as ive got my family ill be happy :)

Sinead - posted on 07/16/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
19


2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
mixture of emotions, happy excited, scared


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
yes straight away =) he was excited but scared a bit aswell. he just hugged me and told me it would be ok and hed always be there =)



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
no major complications, but very bad sympyoms. sick every time i ate or drank for 7months, siatica and really bad heartburn that made me sick acid, burnt all the throat. all worth it though




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
everything. knowin she is mine, feeling proud every time she does something new. the rewardin feeling of seein her so happy and content every day, having cuddle and kisses off her, i love it all.




6) Is the father involved?
yes were still together and he does just as much with her as i do. hes amazing!


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
my family has been AMAZING. helped out if were strugglin for money, they have her over night whenever we ask, not that its alot. just bein there in general and bein suportive of us all. his family are there for us aswell.




8) Do you have a good job?
had to give my place in uni away =( grades have gone up again now for midwifery so back to college in september to them up so i can try again. partner works for his dads buisness


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
id just finished my alevels, got a place in university and gave it up. ava arrived the day i was meant to be startin.


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
i think there both demanding jobs. my daughter wants me for certain things and her dad for others.


11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
only thing i feel i missed out on was my place in university, midwifery has always been my dream but its not the end of the world. im goin back and starting again and this time i have someone to do it for other then myself which makes me more determined to do the best i can.



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
we just struggle finacially but we manage



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
enjoy every single minit with them because they grow up and change too quick. do not take anything for granted. and always try and turn anythin negative in to a positive.




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
hopefully a fully qualified midwife specialising in helping teen mothers. and being the best mum my daughter could ever wish for =)

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1) What age did you have your first child?
-i conceived at 15 and had him at 16..

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
-scared but happy

3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
-he's the one who thought i was.. He was worried but got excited throughout the pregnancy.

4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
-Not really, just a lot of morning sickness.

5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
-Seeing his smiling face in this world and knowing hes always part of you and how much you can truly love something.

6) Is the father involved?
-Yes. He loves our son soo much.


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
-My moms in jail, my dad lives far, he lives with his mom, and i live with his aunt. So some....

8) Do you have a good job?
No. I'm currently looking for one, but am also in school.

9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
No. I'm still in school. It is really hard at school for me now.

10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
mom

11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
-I already feel i miss soo much.. i miss him so much

12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
-Yes, My boyfriend and I decided to do an open adoption at birth and we get visits very often (about one every 2 months), but its still very emotional for me not to be raising my son....

13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
-Do what's right for your baby.. Even if that means giving them a life you would never be able to..

14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
-Hopefully married to the father of my son, with 2 more children, getting even more involved with my current son, having just an ordinary life and family :)

Carlyn - posted on 07/14/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
18 years old

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
I didn't want it at first, I was scared to tell my family & scared that people would think badly about me.


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
I actually didn't get a chance to tell my babys father. He was in basic training and his mother (who hates me) called him and told him . I was 7 1/2 months pregnant. He was excited, which was very unexpected of him lol.



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
Not at all.




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
I love seeing my daughter happy and witnessing her milestones every day. That perfect smile she gets on her face makes all the stuff I gave up for her all worth it.




6) Is the father involved?
We are happily married now and moved from illinois to Georgia. :)


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
My family was very helpful when I was on my own and they still want to be now. But we are miles away from them but it's gotten a lot easier taking care of my daughter in our own.




8) Do you have a good job?
I currently do not work since we moved. But I did work the first 4 months of my daughters life.


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
I found out I was pregnant right after I graduated high school.


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
Definitely to be a dad. It takes men, sometimes, a lot to learn that they are needed and and a mother I do tend to take over with the caretaking with our daughter. But I don't think it's easy on our side. I pretty much work 24/7 taking care of our daughter while he works a 12 hour day and comes home and takes a nap. (If you know anything about the army, a lot of days they do absolutely nothing except pt in the morning till 0730 && then sit around for 12 hours)


11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
I'd be missing out on real happiness.



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
Not at all.



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
It's hard doing it by yourself. Accept the help when you can get it, don't be afraid to ask questions.




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
In 5 years I see myself doing my 3rd year of college (online) and in 10 being 29 with a steady job, happily married to my husband and sending my daughter to school :(

Sarah - posted on 06/20/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
I was 14 yrs old when my daughter was born.


2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
I was exited but being 14 i was worried how people would react and i was scared my baby would be taken away from me. (i was in care)



3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
I didn't because my daughter is the result of abuse from my cousin. I didn't want him anywhere near her.




4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
No complications at all, in fact i didn't find out until i was 7 months gone!





5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
the best thing about being a mum is seeing the little smiling face every day. I love my kids and would do anything for them.




6) Is the father involved?
My daughter's father isn't but my son's father is and he has him every weekend.


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
My parents aren't allowed to help and my ex lives with his mum so he gets help off her. I don't feel i need help with my son. (my daughter is adopted)





8) Do you have a good job?
i have a brilliant job. i look after my son. Being a mum is the best job in the world.


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
I actually got kicked out of school aged 13 due to my behaviour. As i said i was being abused by my cousin but nobody knew that at the time and i was just acting out really.


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
It depends some dad's have great relationships with their kids and on the other side some mum's don't. I suppose it depends on the person's attitude to responsibility and dedication.


11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
I couldn't ever imagine not having children. i love kids and if i didn't have my own i would look after other people's.




12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
i don't think i'm struggling.



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
Just do the best you can and enjoy your kids while you can.





14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
Well when my youngest is in school ( i hope to have 4 more) i plan on going to college/university and getting some qualifications.

Deidre - posted on 06/17/2011

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1) What age did you have your first child?
Eighteen.

2) How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?
Absolutely terrified!


3) Did you tell the father? If so, how did he react?
He was in just as much shock as I was.



4) Did you have any complications during pregnancy? if so, what were they?
My sons head got pressed against my pelvic bone causing me to have a c-section.




5)What's the best thing about motherhood?
Everything, just the overall feeling of it.




6) Is the father involved?
Yes! :)


7) Does your parent's/ family help out at all? if so, how do they help? If no, are there other ways you get help?
Yes they help out a lot. Mostly my boyfriends family. They have bought most of Jaminson's things. Like his crib and car seat. Since we couldn't afford them.




8) Do you have a good job?
I am currently unemployed,


9) Did you drop out of school? if no, is/was it difficult?
I dropped out...


10) Do you think it's easier to be a mom or a dad?
A dad, duh!!


11) What do you think you would be missing out on if you didn't have any children?
The love of my life!



12) Are you struggling? if yes, what would help you become more successful?
No.



13) What advice would you give to other mothers/ teen mothers out there?
Hang in there, its rough. But worth it.




14) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
Happily married to my boyfriend, possibly with another baby. :)

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