Parenting teenage girls and dating
A growing national coalition of organizations has worked to promote family communication about sexuality through helpful publications and vital community programs for the past 25 years.To learn what may be available in your community, contact Planned Parenthood of America or any of the agencies on the national coalition.
To that end, I decided to conduct a survey via my Twitter account. Some, particularly those who are 18 and 19, have made a decision to have a baby because they are in a stable relationship and want to start a family, as was the norm for this age group not so many decades ago.It is worth recognising that there are two people involved in an unplanned teenage pregnancy - and while young fathers can have varied support needs themselves, around half of these fathers are likely to be older than “teen” age, with a significant number much older and yet their role and responsibility is often ignored.Those who responded to my survey also highlighted the much wider social problems around alcohol and abuse that may contribute to the higher rates of teenage pregnancies in Britain than the rest of Europe, as well as the lack of openness around sex - while at the same time, as one young mother said, “being fed sex through advertising and media with distorted images portraying sexual attractiveness as the height of success for girls/women” doesn't help.Most faith traditions talk about sexuality as a gift of God – something to be respected and in which to find joy.Still others talk about values and beliefs without discussing religion or spirituality at all.
We won’t help them to achieve their goals by punishing young mothers based on assumptions that they planned to have baby just to avoid getting a job at 16.