I'd like to introduce you to a knew blog I'm following- Fridge Magnets.
This mama girl brings me back to a time when I was in her shoes. She's a mom struggling to overcome the hurdles that come with a life choice many are opposed to and criticize on a regular basis- teen parenthood. And this mama is exceptional in the fact she's chosen an even harder road- the life of a crunchy, natural, aspiring Midwife, very non-mainstream mama. I know from experience that this choice is the hardest someone young can make, whether you choose to keep your baby or not. It's a life altering decision and all you can do for the rest of your life is question and hope and trust you've made the right choice- for you and your little one.
Without proper support many fail. Filling the stereotypes society puts out there but there are a few gems that motherhood come to naturally and Ashley is one of them. Teen parents are just like any other parents but with more hurdles to jump and more to prove to everyone around them, because as a society we don't trust them or our own raising of them, to be good parents. It really wasn't all that long ago that women were expected to have children young and it was taboo not to but with better opportunities for schooling and the thought process that older is better it's all changed.
Motherhood is a natural thing. One I full heartedly believe everyone woman can do and can do successfully- with proper support and love and tolerance and understanding. Like any parent too much negative input from the outside can sabotage that success.
What I ask of my mama friends is this- if you see a young parent don't look down on them, don't give them a nasty look, don't judge them for what you see. Instead a smile, an encouraging word, a hand, can be the day maker and the one thing that can help them to be successful. Reach out to them like you would any other mother- because they are your sister mother. No matter the age they give birth, they are on the same path as we are but theirs is so much harder than ours.