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Teen Mom Misconception #7: Teen Moms Are Completely Self-Absorbed
According to the latest MTV episode on the life of a teen mom, these young mothers are self-absorbed, drama-driven, gossip girls who spend most of their time wrapped up in their own drama.
The truth is that these young women struggle for acceptance, face harsh judgment from others, and deeply fear rejection.
Of course this can translate into self-absorption, but if given the opportunity, most teen moms are kind, open, generous young women who long for genuine connection…just as we all do. In fact, teen moms can be much more giving of themselves than your average teenager because they are already practicing the art of sacrificial giving through their devotion to the well being of their own child.
I would like to share with you a powerful example of what happens when teen moms are able to come together in a caring community full of grace and encouragement.
On a recent night at the Hope House Resource Center, our parenting class came to a bit of a halt when Alexis, a teen mom and the class leader, began to share her struggles with loss and stress during the holidays.
Alexis ended up in tears as she began talking about an upcoming biopsy of a cyst. The other teen moms in the class stood up and literally surrounded Alexis with love and support.
She received offers of childcare, meals, a ride to the doctor… anything she needed. The girls all set reminders on their phones to stop and pray for Alexis at 11:00 a.m. on the morning of the biopsy.
Three teen moms who are new to Hope House seemed a little awestruck by what they were witnessing. Their amazement deepened when another teen mom piped up and said, “Hope House means family, and that means we stick together in good times and bad.”
I invite you to drop by Hope House to see the truth about teen moms. They will show you that given the opportunity, teen moms will build strong, encouraging, loving community with one another – and maybe even inspire you during the process.
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Misconception #4: Shaming Teen Moms is an Effective Approach
Eva said: I am so proud of Vanessa good friend of mine and mother. [more]