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.
Me and My child
I was 13 when I got pregnant. I am a single mom and I try to support my child in any way possible. The father of my child still comes around and sees the child but we are not together. When he found out that I was pregnant he left and said it wasnít his. I had to put him on child support because he wasnít going to do it himself. I wish I never met him but I wouldnít give my kids up for the world.
I have twins and their names are sirkkia and sirkaja they are wonderful kids. But the fatherís mother helps us out a lot because she knows that these are her grand kids. But I have to tell you this: donít let those boys tell you every thing you want to hear because they will get you pregnant and leave.
So if you are going to do so make sure its the right person.
pregnant at 19I am 19 years old and 15 weeks pregnant. I havenít had morning sickness or mood swings, just tired and excited. This is my first baby; itís my angel that I'm thinking about everyday that goes by. I am feeling left out cause my boyfriend didnít want anything to with me as soon as he found out. But my parents are very supportive thank God and theyíll be there for me till I have my baby.
I was really stressed out and moody, I cried a lot and drank a lot the first couple weeks of my pregnancy cause I didnít know I was pregnant. I was going to get some help until I missed my period, then I took a test at home and was in shock when results turned out positive. I am very calm now and try to eat lots of healthy food, although sometimes I just cant help but eat junk.
Also, twice a week I do a cardio workout and play basketball with my dad and clean the house - that counts as exercise too! So far I have gained 5 pounds, I started off at 105, and my belly is showing a little bit. My mom smiles when she sees my tummy and talks to the baby a lot.
I have a wonderful life but itís going to be even better when I have my little angel with me.
Pregnant and AloneI am 20 years old and 12 weeks pregnant. My child's father and I both wanted a baby. I miscarried our first and now that I am pregnant he doesn't care.
He said he wanted it but I think that it was just a thing where he thought it would keep me around and away from other guys. I still love him but I don't want my baby to have anything to do with him. I'm glad I am one of those people who believe that even though you are pregnant and the father wants to be there, that you make sure you can do it by yourself cause you never know when they will bail out.
Against All OddsI became pregnant at age 14 during my freshman year of high school. I come from a family that is very financially strained, but supportive. Unfortunately my parents did not talk with their children about sexuality issues. I had my daughter during my sophomore year of high school. I was not the "type" of girl this would happen to. Everyone was shocked because I was a quiet, hard working, straight-A student.
My teachers, friends, and family were all supportive. I finished high school ranked 3rd in my class and went on to college. I took my daughter with me and cared for her while taking full time schedules of 18-20 hours most semesters to get done in 4 years. I made the deans honor roll most semesters and graduated with honors on time with a bachelors of science in biology and a minor in chemistry, having completed my pre-med requirements. I went on to medical school and graduated in the top 25% of my class then proceeded to residency (was resident of the year as a senior resident) and am now a board certified Family Medicine doctor.
My daughter, now 16 years old, is a nearly straight-A sophomore in high school. I say nearly because she is taking college level classes to get ahead in preparation for pursuing a degree in architectural engineering. She has B's in some of those classes. I guess I just needed people to hear that not all pregnant teens fail.
I have gotten no government assistance outside of my medical care during pregnancy and grants and loans for college. I am very proud of my daughter and am not sure where I would be had I not had her to worry about. She is the one who still drives me forward on the bad days. I have no regrets. I don't want anyone else to experience this; it's a tough way to grow up - fast. I do think that the girls that this unfortunately happens to need to hear cases like mine, although rare, instead of being reminded of the overwhelming majority of failures.
Although they had no means to put me through school, my parents told me to hold my head high and not make a bad situation worse. They said I wasn't the first girl this had happened to and I wouldn't be the last, so I better do the best I could. They still push me forward when I'm overwhelmed.
Tomorrow I speak to a group of high school aged girls about this very subject. Some are already pregnant or mothers. I am not proud that I was a teen mom, but I am proud of where I am today and of the daughter I have raised.
the beginning of a new lifeIím a single young adult about to have a love of my life for the first time and Iím really scared because I don't know what to do. I am so emotional. All I am thinking about is why my babyís father is acting so stupid.
He is listening to what others say and it's making it hard for me to deal with. Why do some babyís mothers go though so much so fast? Iím 5 months and I did not make this angel by myself. I did have help. I just wish fathers would man up and take care of the life they helped to make.
Iím not saying all babiesí fathers are bad dads, just some - or maybe Iím tripping. We could do fine by ourselves!!!!!
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