December 8, 2008

Parenting and Teens

In this blog the topics of teens and parenting are discussed. Both are difficult times in our lives and can sometimes be influence by the lack of maturity and knowledge from teens. With either challenge there are many resources and options for help and support. These should always be utilized and sought out before giving up on any situation.

The Early Show: Teen Mom Talks Pregnancy

A teen mom talking about her pregnancy and a psychologist discussing planned pregnancy with teens who are getting pregnant partly because of celebrities they look up to who are pregnant. They also talk about all the health and mental problems that go along with teen pregnancy.

December 7, 2008

Teen Parents

An unexpected pregnancy is always a hard thing to deal with because you not prepared. If this were to happen to someone who is a teenager it can be even more difficult, but life is not over. While carrying a child will be hard and will require a lot of responsibility it is worth giving this child a chance. If you think you are ready to keep the child that can be great, but if you are not prepared or don’t have the resources to give the child the best you can, you have options like adoption. If you know parenting is something you will not be ready for any time soon you should practice safe sex or abstinence. You can go to clinics like Planned Parenthood and the Teen Annex to learn about birth control pills, condoms, and other safe sex practice. You can also learn about STD’s, the chances of getting pregnant, and what to do if you think you might be pregnant. There are so many options for teens to get help when faced with problems concerning sex, pregnancy, and parenting. No matter what you think you are never alone and there is always someone waiting to help you.

Oakdale Teen on Trial for Allegedly Stabbing Baby

Teen Mom Video from YouTube

This video was made by a woman who was a teenage mom and now goes around to school and talks to other teenagers who are in similar situations. She also has more information at

Parenting to Teens

Being a parent is probably one of the hardest but most rewarding tasks any of us will ever take on. There will always be challenges and obstacles to overcome, but I think that a parent should never give up no matter how hard it gets. There are always other options and choices to help us through any situation, especially when we seek out that help. I would encourage everyone to take on these challenges and to never quit being the parents your kids will need you to be for them.

ABC News:20/20

In the ABC News:20/20 episode The Toughest Call they follow around parents who have adopted older children from Russia, and one of the daughters and their son have severe behavioral and mental issues. Their parents have taped many of these disruptive situations, and have considered ending the adopting. This is one of the many cases where parents adopt and then realize that they cannot handle the children they have adopted.

December 6, 2008

CNN News Video: No Teen Safe Haven in Nebraska

Nebraska Set to Change Controversial Safe Haven Law