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thought it would be a perfect ending ..


Well, where do i begin.. lol im 17, turning 18 in 6 months.. so i guess it all began for me when i moved in with my brother in seattle. I left my dads because all we did was fight about how he hated chris (my long term boyfriend of 2 yrs) and so on. so i left. shortly after leaving me and chris broke up, for so mnay reason, oh so mnay. The trust and love were shot to hell from him cheating on me, all the deciving, and even tho it had been months since the last time, i still couldnt trust him. It got to the point that i was uneasy just if he had girls numbers in his phone and if he hungout with any, i hated it because i thought he would cheat again and all his family thought i was this crazy controlling gf because they never heard the real story. Point blank.
We broke up, i went to disneyland early may and came back to find out i was pregante. Hadnt slept with anyone for a long time, like month terms and for the past two years it was just my boyfriend expet for a fling last summer when we broke up, but nothing to cause this. The doctors in january told me i couldnt get pregante so chris thought it was okay to try and pull out from then on, little did i know that our little anniversery in febuary left me more than with a broken heart, but i was now 14 weeks pregante and not showing or any symptoms.
Me and chris got right back together, he moved to seattle and moved in. we started buying clothes. found out its a girl and both went out to get jobs.
weeks are going bye and he fighted with me everyday about the littlest of things, like getting up to get ready, or getting up to go to work, or even going. he had no self modivation at all and i felt like i had to take care of him as well as my pregante self. I spent three weeks stressed out and at the point to where he made me cry each time when i finally made him leave yesterday. I prayed all night he wouldnt actually go and just grow up and take some reasposnibility for his life. We got into such a big fight that he said he hopes i die giving labor. ill neverforget that moment or what he has said to me. Although he feels like the worse person ever to me, somehow i feel like i need him to get through this :( i have all this support around me but yet i feel more alone than ever.
he would talk to my belly every night and kiss her goodnight, and now for the past two nights sleeping alone in the bed i havnt been able to actually fall right asleep. Its so difficult because half of me wants to just take him back for everything like i always do, but i feel pathedic, but im lonley. all the close friends i have ever had have screwed me over so i have nobody close my age or anything to talk to. its unbearable. if you can relate for know how to get through it plase email me, im out of options and scared out of my mind.

Kelsey






it's not the end of the world

I met my now ex-boyfriend when I was one month shy of my 17th birthday we were both working at mc donalds, he was in Juvie when we first met but I didn't care if fell head over heels for him and within a few weeks he was telling me he loved me and I believed him and of course I loved him to he was my first boyfriend and My first love.
after a month of Dating we had sex for the first time while he was on a pass this made me fall even more in love with him, he got out of Juvie and i moved in with him and his dad but we couldnt hadle living together so I moved home and we barely talked.
he ended up breaking up with me and it crushed my world i couldn't eat I couldn't breath all i could do is cry i had a lump in my throat it went on this way for a month untill valintines day when he called and said he missed me and wanted me back I was so in love with him so i took him back.
He moved in with me and my parents and we continued our sexuall relationship but within a few weeks he was back in Juvie, so he would come home on visits but as he was in Juvie I met a new older guy and we started talking and i fell kinda for this guy to and made the mistake of cheating on my then boyfriend and a few weeks later I found Out i was pregnant I was excited My bf and I wanted a baby and when i told him he was so happy he got a job and our future looked bright but after he got out of jail he went back to Jail and it was becoming all to much to handle and he was startening to denying my baby so finally about a month before my due date i broke up with him because I wanted a better life for me and for my son so i broke up with him and started dating the other guy i knew,
I had my son on January 7th 2007 and he didn't even come see my baby or sighn he birth certificate but my bf i was with (and still am with) fell in love with my son and sighned his birth certificate,
My ex still denies my son and doesnt come around but his mom takes my son once in a while and today is a happy healthy 2yr old with a 1yr old baby brother I love my boys and yes it is hard being a teen momm i wouldn t change it for the world

Amanda






The road ahead..</3

I am 19 years old, Almost 16 weeks pregnant.. Im alone, I left the babies daddy cause he was a jerk and pushing me around, I left him, and I didnt want anything else to do with him,.. 2 weeks later after leaving him I find out im pregnant.. by then he hated me, telling me i was a fucking lier and it was all bullcrap. Now today.. Im still alone.. hes got a new girlfriend and well he came around, saying he wants to be there and blah blah, I dont know what to think or do, hes a total jerk.. and is 24 and is still far away from growing up. Im scared if he comes around he will be a bad influence on our child, he loves to drink and has no respect. I am scared to go at this alone, I know I have tons of family and friend support, most people tell me im better off without him but ever since I found out its like I cant totally get over him and its really hard, like hes with someone else whos a total sleeze bag, Like it makes me think if I really want him or her in the childs life. He's put me through a lot. At least I got something good from the relationship, I know I can do it alone.. but I always think about how nice it would be to be a family, but I have to do whats right for me and the child and I guess that wouldnt invovle him. Most days I feel lost and confused.. I feel like im the only one going through it.. although I know im probably not.. </3

Cha Cha






walmart parking lot

my name is kim. i have a beautiful son named darnell who is fourteen-months-old. he is autistic and legally blind. i got pregnant with him while fooling around with my exboyfriend steve in the walmart parking lot in his '83 buick. my exboyfriend no longer speaks to me, he wants nothing to do with our son. life is really rough for my son and i. i get government assistance and i work at a grocery store part-time and i have even worked as an exotic dancer. i'm not proud of that, but i need to support us. my son is the most important man in my life! even though we have our rough times, and it's really hard for me to find a boyfriend who wants a girl with a disabled baby, i did happen to meet a wonderful man named named jason who loves me and my son. he does like to drink and kiss other girls, but beggars can't be choosers!

kim d






"good girl" gets pg

I was never the girl who got pregnant. I was on honor roll, played soccer, was in student government and a zillion other clubs, went to church and was invovled in the youth group. I never thought I would be a teen mother.

But then I met Jake -- he was charming and handsome and funny, I was 16 and he was 17 when we met at a friends party. I was instantly in love with him and we started dating pretty much right away. That was at the end of the school year, and we spent all summer together. My parents worked and my sister was in college so we had the house to ourselves all summer. That August, 2 days before my junior year started, I found out I was pregnant. I was so scared, I couldn't even take the test at home -- I took it by myself in a Walmart bathroom. I waited 3 weeks to tell anyone, and when I finally told Jake, he freaked out. First he accused me of cheating on him, then when he accepted the baby was his, he accused me of getting pregnant on purpose to "trap him". I told him that I didn't want anything from him, but that I was having this baby, and he could have his rights terminated if he didn't want the baby. In the end, that's what happened.

After I told Jake, I told my best friend, who was extremely supportive and helped me tell my parents. I was so scared to tell them, to disappoint them -- I was their perfect, college-bound, honor roll star soccer player daughter, and now I was pregnant. My mom tried to get me to have an abortion or give the baby up, but I knew that I could never do it, and she came around.

My daughter, Elizabeth, was born April 14, 1999, a week before my junior prom. Being a single teenage mom was the hardest thing I have ever done. I missed everything about being senior -- I didn't get to go to prom, or go on my senior trip. In my graduation photos, I am holding my 1 year old daughter. I lost all my friends except for my best friend, and instead of going away to school, I had to go to a local college and live with my parents. But, Elizabeth is worth it. It was hard but I did it, I graduated with a nursing degree in 2005, and Elizabeth just turned 10, she will be in 5th grade this fall, and she is the light of my life. Her father has never seen her, he signed away his rights when she was born. I am 26 now, and a nurse, and life turned out okay for us, but it was a hard road, and if I had a choice I would have waited to have a baby.

Getting pregnant as a teenager can happen to anyone, not just the girls who sleep around -- my baby's father was the first boy I had sex with. It changed my whole life, and I missed out on a lot of experiences, but I love my daughter more than life, she is the good thing that came out of a bad situation.

Chelsea







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