Never in my life had I imagined that I could find a moment like this liberating. But then, most of my life, I never imagined a moment like this would happen.
I am sitting on my bed, my legs crossed in front of me, my chin on my hands, staring intently at my computer screen.
Bright, colorful pictures cover the screen. The options... Find Out More
The Story Behind The Story
J. Anderson Coats (aka nilliaj)
Recently, my essay on the production of historical fiction appeared in Mamaphonic, an anthology that deals with creativity and motherhood. I did what promotion I could manage, cheerfully badgering local libraries and bookstores to carry it and sending out a few review... Find Out More
I have always been the person who everyone had high expectations for. I was always expected to do well in school, go to college and be "somebody". Things didn't turn out that way. After high school, I decided I needed a little break from school. That's when I met Ryan, who seemed like the perfect guy for me. He... 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."