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Pregnant at 17


I am 17 years old and six months pregnant. The father and I were together for a year and a half, but when he found out I was pregnant things changed. He said he didn't feel the same for me and we broke up, he started ignoring me. He now has a new girlfriend who's 22 and has a three-year old daughter and they have moved in with each other, he has now decided to be involved, but not until the baby is born. I haven't seen him since the only doctor's appointment he's ever been to and that was when we learned the sex of the baby. He sadly admitted that if it had been a girl, he "would let me have it" but since it's a boy he wants 50/50 custody. That was the most awful thing I've ever heard, and to be honest I don't want to share my baby with him, I mean not 50/50. I don't want to take my baby away from him completely but I definitely don't want my baby staying at his and his girlfriends house for weeks at a time like he plans. He even wants me to name him after him! I go to all my appointments alone, and I get more support from his mom than I do him! If he's not involved now, why should he be involved then? Am I right? How possible is it for him to get 50/50 custody??
I live with my parents and I have a job. I'm on track to graduate and I'm going to be starting at the community college in the summer. I have my life on track and I even have childcare set up for him, I have no reason to be worried right?

Diamond






baby brealyn!

i am 15 & recently had a baby girl on October 10, 2010. i had a one night stand, and got pregnant. i told the father & he claims that she is not his. it kills me everyday looking down at braelyn and knowing her dad doesnt want her when she looks just like him. i thought maybe he would man up, but i was wrong. i love braelyn with allll of my heart. i dont see how he couldnt. he acts like she doesnt even exist. yeah its hard for me being a single mother but then again i have a lot of family support & i am so grateful for that. i hope he realizes braelyn needs her dad. i pray to god braelyn doesnt have to grow up without a father. but if so, mommy can do both parts (:
with lots of love,
tiara & braelyn jade! :]

tiara






Still A Baby & Having A Baby!

My Story is different, i turned 16 in November 2010, i've been with my boyfriend now for 2 months, he's 20 and willing to help. we are together and in love, knowing him for 3 years as a best-friend has now paid off. i am 3 weeks pregnant and worried, i'm still young, not experienced, what should i do? Paul (boyfriend) has told me, he's gonna stick by me and the baby, get us a house, a permanent job with good income.... but it's not that, that i'm worried about. My mom and pop, are not really that fussed on teen pregnancy's, with all my 3 sisters having children in there middle and late 20's, i feel as if my mom and pop are going to look down on me, it's just hard, but i supposed i can do it! Now, We just look forward to our beautiful baby being born! :)

Hanna-Grace






adoption

Alot of people are against adoption. I was to until i was put into a situation where adoption was my only option. I was 16 with a 4 month old little boy when i got raped and got pregnant.I didnt tell anybody that the child i was carrying was the product of a rape.My boyfriend and father of my son told everyone it was his. He didnt know that it wasnt.I was about 5 months pregnant when me and my boyfriend broke up and i moved back i with my mom.I was taking care of my son and my neice.Adoption crossed my mind but i didnt think i could do it so i decided to keep the baby.I didnt know how i was going to support him or if i could even love him but he was apart of me and i didnt know what to do.One day i was listening to the radio and a commercial came on about adoption.I decided to call and get information.I was 7 months pregnant. The adoption place put me in touch with Bethany Christian Center.I talked to them and a woman came out and brought me information about adoption and i decided to give my son up. Not because i didnt love him but because i wanted him to have a life i couldnt give him.I was a single 17 yr old mom with no job and no education.The woman brought me some portfolios of hopeful people hoping to adopt.I looked at e few and didnt see one that i liked and then i came to a couple that i fell in love with.They were everything i wanted for my son.when i finally met them i knew without a doubt they were the ones.Well i went into labor 2 weeks early and my best friend was there for me.When i had him i didnt want to see him.I just couldnt.But the next day i asked the nurse to bring him to me.I broke down when i saw him.He looked just like me.The adoptive parents came to the hospital but i made them leave.I couldnt hand over this baby.He was mine,but the more i looked at him i knew if i kept him i was being selfish and he would suffer.All the nurses at the hospital talked about me and was very rude to me when i decided for sure i was giving him up.The day i handed Aiden Taylor to his parents was the hardest day of my life.I cried for weeks after.Today Aiden is almost 2 and i see him all the time.He is so beautiful and happy.He has the kind of life i could never have given him.I still cry about him and still feel the mothers instincts toward him but i know he now has the best mother in the world.

Hanna-Grace






Pregnany a 15

I've 15 and I want be 16 til May. Me & My Boyfriend actually do love each other. But he's thinks this thing is a joke we've been togather for 2 years now, and i can tell im going to be a single mother because he want get a job and he dosent take this pregnancy seriously all he wants to do is smoke weed all day and go ! Go everywhere but wont go get a job ! and he's sick of me a nagging and im sick of begging so i think its time to let it go ! Maybe when the baby gets here and he gets to see and touch it , he will do right, but its only so mcuh he's going to do so i know it will be juss me & my momma taking care of it !

Brittany







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