By Rachel Myers
After attending a baby shower this weekend of a girl my age, I started thinking about how common it is now to have babies young. I feel like I know so many people who are around my age or younger who either have a baby or are pregnant.
So what’s the rush?
Teens and young adults should be enjoying their high school and college years while they can, but instead girls are making pregnancy pacts with friends.
In today’s society, teens are almost encouraged by the media and shows like “Sixteen and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom,” where the girls are viewed as celebrities and get paid for appearances.
Call me old-fashioned, but I want to be married and have a stable job before I bring a child into this world. I want to try to have a good situation before I think about kids.
For the girls who are considering becoming a teen mom or think that it is glamorous and trendy: go take care of young children for a night and you will see if you really want to have a child.
I babysat for my cousin once, thinking it would be all fun and games. It was not. The 3 year old was destroying the house and the newborn was not just crying but screaming at me because he had not had his bottle in 30 minutes.
I wanted to cry, myself. I couldn’t wait to go back to my normal selfish life where I could focus on my needs and wants.
You truly have to be unselfish as a parent. You put your child’s needs before your own. It is a huge responsibility that shouldn’t be viewed as a fashion trend. And some teens do not realize that.
To the people who are pregnant or have had children at a young age: I am not writing this to offend you. I respect your decision and I respect that you didn’t take the easy way out. I just know that, for me, I can wait.