by Valerie Vickerman Runes
“I can’t do it. Valerie, I CAN’T DO IT!”
“Yes you can Beth. It’s OK. You can do this.”
Reassuring words become a habit after a while. The right words said in the right way at the right time.
“Reach down and touch your baby’s head.”
A tentative touch. A... Find Out More
Resistance is Not Futile by Lisa Becoming a mama at 17 has got to be one of the most radicalizing events I have ever been though. Finishing high school and going to college, jumping through welfare hoops and surviving, and just knowing what you're doing is revolutionary in and of itself. I finished high school a semester early and... Find Out More
For Her to Read by Renee Klein
When I wake up everyday to see your beautiful smile, it's like I'm in a different world. I reach out to grab your tiny hand and you look me in the eyes and giggle to yourself.
I want to tell you everything I'm feeling, but you're too little to understand. I want to tell you that I look... Find Out More
If someone had asked me for my story over a year ago it would be dull. It would be a story about a girl who got up everyday and went to school. A girl who played sports and had a lot of friends. My story was one without hardships or difficult decisions. I am no longer that girl.
My new story starts on a... 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."