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When Kids Have Kids

Jasmine DoxeyWhat happens when kids have kids? We can all think of the possible scenarios and consequences and find that most, if not all of them, are far from ideal.

Don't get me wrong, the new life that is being born through the birth of every child is a blessing. However, being pregnant and fifteen in high school puts education on hold and/or makes it ten times more difficult to continue. Unless the baby is put up for adoption, he/she should be first and foremost on the top of your list of priorities. With this new responsibility, going back to finish school, I would imagine is very difficult. I wouldn't say it's impossible, just a lot harder. Why put yourself through the trouble if it's something that can be prevented? I think some of these young women fail to realize the impact that having a baby at a young age can have on them until it hits home. Maybe they wanted to have the child...but then again, I wouldn't be surprised to hear them say later on that maybe they should've waited.

For one thing, I know that maintaining a social life as a teenager is very important to most people. However, after having a baby that you are now responsible for, a social life may not be so easy to maintain. Sometimes, and maybe more often than not, you could find yourself exempted from things you normally would have been doing on a Friday night, like going to the movies, or one of your school's football games. A baby needs to be nurtured--fed, clothed, changed, etc., and needs plenty of your attention. Am I right? Surely, this new mother does not expect her parents to do all the work.

This leaves me here to stress the fact that having a child at a young age not only affects the mother. It affects everyone. As a teenager, there is still some things you have yet to learn when it comes to taking care of yourself, let alone a new baby. I guess it's not customary for a teen to consider these things when in the act. However, just stoping for a minute and rethinking the ways of going about it can save a lot of unwanted stress from an "oopsy" that can be prevented.

[Jasmine Doxey is a PUSD High School senior and intern at The Journal. You may contact her via The Journal: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]


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