Motherhood as Inspiration
When I was nineteen I could barely do anything for myself. I could not keep a clean room (so much so that my first dorm-room roommate moved out), I could not wash clothes often enough to ever have a clean pair of socks (thank goodness my 2nd roommate had tons of pairs) and I could not make it... Find Out More
By A Safe Mama
It was a sunny day in June the first time he hit me. We were in my car, I had just bailed him out of jail, and I was the (un)lucky person who got to tell him that his parents said he wasn’t allowed to come back home. We went to get something to eat and on the way back to his parents’ house to pick up... Find Out More
On June 11, 2005 the Girl-Mom community learned that our valued colleague Allison Crews died.
Allison was the producer of Girl-Mom for nearly five years. During that time she worked endlessly hard to build a strong, dynamic community. Through her work on the site, her accomplishment in creating the National Day to... Find Out More
Your Government, Your Rights
by Allison Crews
Applying for and receiving government aid
Your kid's gotta eat, you need a place to live, and you need to see a doctor. That's just the way it is. But many parents are too ashamed of the social stigma attached to recipients of government aid to seek the help they need. Let go... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."