Single Moms

It's not easy being a single mom. As a single parent, you have to take on double the parenting duty. Other issues can make this even more complex. For example, some young moms write about what to do if my boyfriend is an alcoholic. Please share your experience and wisdom. As you will see, these problems require a great support system, time management skills and top-notch parenting techniques. If you have tips to share with other single moms or just want to help other single mothers and single parents out there, then tell us your story.


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Scared and Confused


I'm 18. I go to a great university and I've wanted to be a doctor ever since I was 7 years old. I had my whole life planned out... go to college, go to med school, get married, have kids half way through med school, move to the mountains, open my own practice, and the best part of my plan was that I am perfectly capable of making it all happen.. but not now. I found out yesterday for sure that I am 7 weeks pregnant. This was not at all in my plan. I don't want to be stuck with the kids dad for the rest of my life. I wanted to travel the world and I had so many dreams and aspiration, I can't carry out any of them now. I have one week to decide if I want to abort. I feel like I have let myself and my entire family down. I hate my life now, as terrible as that sounds. I could count the number of times I've had sex on one hand and I don't see how this could have happened to me. My whole life changed in an instance. All of my hopes and dreams went out the window. My parents are completely supportive and told me no matter what it was all my decision. I'm scared though. I was raised in a christian family. Southern baptist which is as christian as they come. I never thought in my whole life this would happen to me. I never thought that I would ever even consider an abortion but I am and I feel like the worst person in the world for it. I cry all the time and I'm sick with myself. I really am just so amazed by all the teen mothers that just keep their babies without a second thought. I thought I was a strong person and this has showed me I'm not at all.. I really have no idea what I'm going to do..






How Did I Not See This Cominig

I was 17 years old and enjoying life. My boy friend and I had an on and off relationship.We got back together in August of 2009 and then in December I decided I needed to take a pregnancy test, because I missed 4 periods which I thought was ok becuz of my birth control and I even visited my doctor in September, well I found out I was 4 months pregnant with my son Dominick. My boy friend and I were together for about 1 month after Dominick was born, when he cheated on me with one of my good friends( or so I thought). I guess Dominick has really changed me because his dad called saying sorry and I thought to myself I cannot put my heart through that again, I already gave my heart to someone else Dominick. My mom was supportive through the whole pregnancy. Dominick's dad and I talk only because of Dominick. I sometimes find myself crying at night looking down at my son and think "did I do the right thing of keeping you?" I was extremely lonely and depressed and I struggle with it now, but then I look at Dominick and realize he needs me, he loves me no matter what I say, do or even look like, he loves me....Unconditionally!!! Dominick is now almost 5 months on the 19th and I am 18 years old.

Mireya






Twins

I was pregnant with a little girl and i always new i loved her. I decided to name her Lexi Grace. I was 6 months pregnant and the father left. I was all alone. i went into labor 3 months early and i thought she would make it. My baby girl didn't. It was the hardest thing a teenage mother could go threw. Losing her newborn and not having any family that approved. Don't regret having your baby because when there gone you no you lost your more prize possession.

Austyn






Good Luck

I just want to say to all the teenager mothers out there, well done. What you are going through is hard enough on a fully grown person and to do it at such a young age is inspiring. While I am still young myself, It's good to read such stories about people who have it harder than me, pulling through and being successful. I am not pregnant nor do I plan to be for the foreseable future, but 'mistakes' happen and I enjoy knowing that I would be alone, that others are there for you. Also while I don't condemn abortion I don't condone it either. I think that its YOUR CHOICE! Not anybody elses. If you dont want to go through with it then don't! Dont feel pressured by people. Have hope. It will be ok! xx

Victoria






Pregnant at 15

I am due in 2 weeks witha bay girl i plan to Lilly!! My boyfreind and i have been dating for 3 years. I found out i was pregnant a day before my first day as a sophmore, when i told my boyfreind we were at a resturant and he took it very well but after he dropped me off at my house he didn't talk to me for two weeks and avoided me at school. I thought i was going to have to raise the baby on my own when he came to my house one night and said he just needed some time to think, and that he will support me no matter what, he propsed to me then (we aren't going to get married until we are 18 though) I 'm scared about having a baby but knowing my boyfreind is there to support me and so are my parents is the best thing in the world!!!! : )

Bethany







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