This is NOT What a Young Mom Looks Like
Monday, July 15th, 2013
Whenever I see another “breaking news” story about Teen Mom Farrah Abraham, like her most recent entrance into a rehab program, I feel simultaneously saddened and embarrassed for the young mom.
I mean, she’s obviously one confused young woman and I imagine she’s dealing with a lot, but still, there’s a part of me that is outraged at her for one very simple reason:
She’s making young mothers everywhere look bad.
Unfortunately, Farrah is completely living up to those ill-purported and cringe-worthy stereotypes about young moms: that they are ignorant, foolish, selfish young women looking for a hand-out and doing anything they can to avoid actually taking care of their child.
As a young mom myself — I delivered my daughter one week after I graduated — I am here to tell you:
Farrah Abraham is not what a young mom looks like.
These women are what young moms look like.
Young moms look like Gloria Malone of Teen Mom NYC, who became pregnant with her daughter at age 15, and has gone on to become a successful writer, speaker, and teen mom advocate. Gloria has appeared on all sorts of prestigious media outlets, like the New York Times, NPR, and the O’Reily Factor. “Pregnant and parenting teens to deserve to be happy about parenthood,” Gloria writes on her blog.
Young moms look like Jessica Watson, who had her oldest daughter at age 18, and is now a writer, blogger, and mom of four plus an angel. If you ever want to be moved, possibly to tears, her blog is kind of a must-read.
Young moms look like Michelle Horton of Early Mama, one of my all-time favorite bloggers who is a writer at Babble and has created an entire movement dedicated to young motherhood.
Young moms look like Mandy of The B Sides: Thoughts of An Amateur, who delayed her schooling for a year to welcome the best surprise of her life — her son, Brady. Mandy will finish up her schooling to become a elementary teacher next fall.