Quoting Mara:" ideally -- age = more experience, training, perspective, self-control and if you work hard enough, plenty ... [snip!] ... unprepared and need to work on getting their education to a place where they can actually be gainfully employed some day."
So here I go; the last part of the brain to mature, being at age 24 or later, is the frontal lobe. Up until this point, it is still considered an adolescent brain. A brain that is not yet able to fully rationalize and often acts on impulse. No matter how "mature" some girls think they may be, you really don't fully open your eyes until you've passed this stage. My question is when labeling someone a "teen mom", at what age does that stop? And if I remember being told by my English college professors, Wikipedia is not an accredited source. I think the idea of proving the statistics wrong is a great idea. The reason I think these stats are biased, is because obviously these people are uneducated and have no idea how the human brain works. Is it that at age 20, we spontaneously become responsible, rational decision making adults? I'm thinking no. Maybe if they eliminate the age factor all together and just start making the statistic on the population as a whole, teen moms wouldn't feel like the odds are against "them" as an age group and that these statistics can apply to any age. Maybe then, the statistics would turn themselves around. If you pin someone to a statistic and embed this in their minds, they actually think there is no hope and that something such as graduating high school is a "no-go" or isn't likely to happen anyways.... Why? Because the statistics on Wikipedia say so!
As for myself, I got pregnant with my daughter at the age of 17, AFTER graduating from high school a year AHEAD of my class. And definitely did not have support in the beginning. But gradually my family came around and they couldn't be more happier with the decision I made of keeping my daughter. As of currently I am 19, my daughter, Elizabeth, turned 1 this past May and is THRIVING. Her father and I bought
our first house in January. He is 23. I took 2 semesters off from college taking care of my daughter and giving her the attention she needs. I gave her the best start any mom can give, she was fully breastfed and to this day is a "boobie baby". I earn A's and B's and OH, did I mention I'm going to school to be a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife). I will be completed with my RN degree April 6th, 2014. My dream job since I was about 9 *laughs to self because this is completely true*.
I'm not sure how to end this post. I'm on such a roll with this teen pregnancy stats bull crap. I think I made a point somehow.