Teen Parents | Challenges of Teenage Parenthood
Helping teens understand the challenges of teen parenthood
Teen parenting is hard, so if you’re thinking of having a child, make sure you understand the responsibilities and sacrifices involved. Becoming a parent while you’re still a teenager will have educational, financial, social, physical and emotional costs. Having a baby is the biggest responsibility any person can have in life. You are now responsible not only for yourself but for a tiny, helpless infant. Here are some factors to consider when thinking of teenage parenthood.
Babies are high-maintenance beings that require round-the-clock care. When considering becoming a parent, make sure you have the time required to take care of a child.
Supporting an infant can be costly, and young mothers are more likely to be poor. About 80 percent of children born to teens have unmarried mothers who have dropped out of high school and lack the education to attain high-paying jobs to support their families.
Teen parenthood often requires sacrifices to your education. Since having a baby takes so much time, it can jeopardize your education. If you’re planning on becoming a teen parent, make sure you have a plan for completing your education. In most cases, a teen will need a very supportive partner, family, school and community to be able to raise a child. Talk to teens who are parents and ask about their lives. Do their realities match your dreams for your future? What support do they have, and what support will you have?
Reviewed by Nancy Brown, Ph.D.