Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Teen moms and Early Childhood
*Cherish your Youth, build a family when you are ready*
Although Trenton, New Jersey ranks 10 among nation’s 10 best states in which to raise a child, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundations annual kids count reports. They finished at number 5; however 7 out of 10 of their infants and toddlers are not in regular childcare settings, even routine family care. And nearly 1 in 5 births up to 300 per-week is to a teenage mom.
There is a foundation to everything that grows in our country and others. Where everything begins, plays a huge part on where we are going and where we end. A good educational foundation is essential to where our educational system ends up.
Having a child at a young age and not giving them the nurturing and time that they deserve can have a huge impact on who that child becomes and how they develop.
Being a parent requires dedication to that child, and money. If a teen mom is unable to provide for the child and cannot get them in to an early care facility, that child will miss out on their educational foundation.
I have had the pleasure of working with really good young and older moms. And some not so good moms, which shows in the children's behavior. To me, it doesn't matter if a parent is old or young, just as long as they can provide for their child. However, I also believe that youth should be enjoyed and each person should give themselves an opportunity to learn and experience life, since experiences push them toward understanding their strengths/weaknesses and who they are as individuals.
In every situation I always focus my points back to the teachers and community. It is important to know the resources available to someone in this position, educating yourself, will allow you to educate others.
Ms. Darla <3