Advice for Teen Moms

No parent wants their daughter to be a mom when she is in her teens, but when she is, here is some advice for Teen Moms.

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It can’t be denied that teen moms have a burden that most people can’t understand. Not only do they face all of the typical challenges of motherhood, but they also have to tackle them with an immature mind. Becoming a mother before you have the chance to be an adult yourself is certainly far from ideal, but many teen moms do rise to the occasion.

1. Be Strong and Face the Challenge Head On

When you first discover you are pregnant, you will likely feel panicked. Once you decide to keep the baby, you might go through a number of emotions. Anything you feel is most likely normal. It’s okay to let yourself grieve for your youth. However, it’s also good to accept your decision and face your challenges head on versus ignoring your situation until you have a baby in your arms. The more you can be proactive and prepare for the arrival of your child in advance, the easier it will be on you.

2. Network with Other Teen Moms

As a new mom, you’ll get tons of advice from the older women in your life, but it helps to talk to moms your own age. They are the ones who will relate to the specific challenges you face. There are a number of forums for teen mothers, and if you join one, you will always have a source of support.

3. Gather a Team

You may have heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Most people don’t have a village’s worth of help these days, but if you can begin looking for people who will be supportive during your pregnancy, it will help once the baby arrives. Hopefully the child’s father is in your life, but if not, please know that many strong young women have raised wonderful children on their own. You are not necessarily doomed because the father abandoned you.

4. Do Your Research

Knowledge is power, and empowerment is one of the most important tools you can have as a mom. Use the time that you are pregnant to do research about raising a child. Read books and talk to other moms, but also keep in mind that there isn’t one right way to raise a child. You’ll get a lot of different opinions, so try to stick to ideas that have been scientifically proven if you can. Also, work on learning to trust your instincts. That is another crucial factor in parenting.

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Debra Beck

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