this is an excerp from the " national day to prevent teen pregnancy" website. beware contains steaming hot bullshit
Children of teen mothers often receive inadequate parenting. Children born to teen mothers are at higher risk of poor parenting because their mothers - and often their fathers as well - are typically too young to master the demanding job of being a parent. Still growing and developing themselves, teen mothers are often unable to provide the kind of environment that infants and very young children require for optimal development. Recent research, for example, has clarified the critical importance of sensitive parenting and early cognitive stimulation for adequate brain development.4 Given the importance of careful nuturing and stimulation in the first three years of life, the burden born by babies with parents who are too young to be in this role is especially great.
Children with adolescent parents often fall victim to abuse and neglect. A recent analysis found that there are 110 reported incidents of abuse and neglect per 1,000 families headed by a young teen mother. By contrast, in families where the mothers delay childbearing until their early twenties, the rate is less than half this level - or 51 incidents per 1,000 families.4 Similarly, rates of foster care placement are significantly higher for children whose mothers are under 18. In fact, over half of foster care placements of children with these young mothers could be averted by delaying child-bearing, thereby saving taxpayers nearly $1 billion annually in foster care costs alone.4
Children of teenagers often suffer from poor school performance. Children of teens are 50 percent more likely to repeat a grade; they perform much worse on standardized tests; and ultimately they are less likely to complete high school than if their mothers had delayed childbearing.6
And bad for us all...
The U.S. still leads the fully industrialized world in teen pregnancy and birth rates - by a wide margin. In fact, the U.S. rates are nearly double Great Britain's, at least four times those of France and Germany, and more than ten times that of Japan.3
Teen pregnancy costs society billions of dollars a year. There are nearly half a million children born to teen mothers each year. Most of these mothers are unmarried, and many will end up poor and on welfare. Each year the federal government alone spends about $40 billion to help families that began with a teenage birth.10
Teen pregnancy hurts the business community's "bottom line." Too many children start school unprepared to learn, and teachers are overwhelmed trying to deal with problems that start in the home. Forty-five percent of first births in the United States are to women who are either unmarried, teenagers, or lacking a high school degree, which means that too many children - tomorrow's workers - are born into families that are not prepared to help them succeed.6 In addition, teen mothers often do not finish high school themselves. It's not easy for a teen to learn work skills and be a dependable employee while caring for children.
i had never heard of this campaign untill i saw a tv show about it. ive never seen such propaganda in my life. so i did some research and found their site. they have a whole bunch of teens telling " sob " stories about how awful it is to be a teen parent. and the whole thing sounds like it was written by a man. who wants his tax's reduced. the tell tale sign is that they talked about money. they talked about morals and children but in the end the last paragraph was about money, they figure if for no other reason you care is that they are gonna make it hit where it hurts. what can we do to counteract this? im seeing it all over the media recently, is there anyway to protest this widespread media frenzy about teen parents and how they are so " at risk" ?? is there another organization we can promote or donate to? i know society in general has twisted idea's of what teen parents are, but i didnt realize there was actually an organization doling out the bullshit. what this whole thing failed to mention is with over 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce and 75 percent of second marriages. being married and older doesnt gurantee your man will stick around, or that you wont be a SINGLE PARRENT!. any thoughts guys?