This Spa Owner Did The Coolest Thing For Young Moms

I've always had a special place in my heart for young moms. 

After having my first daughter during college, I had the privilege of hearing from so many fellow young mothers who have often felt lost or marginalized in modern-day motherhood. In a world that really treats unplanned pregnancy and young motherhood as a plague to be avoided, it can be hard to find your way as a young mom and feel proud of yourself as a mother. 

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And while I am very real and frank about the different challenges that can come alongside young motherhood, I still think there are many benefits that come with it too. I believe that openly discussing both is important and most importantly, it's not helpful to anyone–our children, our mothers, or our society–to villify young mothers as lazy, selfish, or all “Teen Mom” cliches. 

Instead, I think it's important to recognize that young mothers are a lot like any mothers at any age and deserving of respect, a helping hand, and – every now and then – a day of pampering.

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Which is why I think the movement, called “Hope and Haircuts,” started by Jennifer Odister for young mothers in her community is so wonderful.

Odister herself was a young mom, reports her local newspaper, who got pregnant at the age of 15 despite being the daughter of a prominent Baptist pastor. She had her baby, and with a lot of hard work and dedication, opened her own salon, where she employs staff members who were all young, unexpected mothers like herself. 

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“Being pregnant at 15 was the hardest thing anyone can imagine,” she told the paper. “But with a lot of help, I got through it. And because of that, I want to help others who find themselves in the same situation I found myself in.”

So Odister and her team of hair stylists opened their salon doors to young mothers in the community for a full day of complimentary makeovers, hair highlights and coloring, styles, cuts, manicures, pedicures, make-up, and even a catered lunch.

“I want them to see us and know we were in the same shoes they're in now. We made it and so can they,” Odister said. 

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I am so in love with Odister's story because as I know she is well aware of, she's not just giving these young mothers a day of pampering or a fresh new hairdo–she really is giving them hope, confidence, and sending the message that someone believes in them and cares about them. 

And to a young mother who may feel like the world thinks she made a mistake in having her baby unexpectedly, that message can make all the difference. 

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This Spa Owner Did The Coolest Thing For Young Moms

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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