Browsing Archive: February, 2010

Teenage mum stereotypes

Posted by Prymface on Saturday, February 27, 2010,
There have been a lot of stereotypes banded around in the media this week. None of them I recognise, ALL of them offensive. Whatever you say to people they have this image in their head of what a 'teen mum' is and they will not change it. So, I thought I'd have a go at creating my own young mum stereotypes*.

The old-before-her-time young mum.
You know the girl who has looked like a mum since she was 11? She organises everyone and everything, sorts everyone else out and always puts her hand up f...
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Letter to my pregnant self

Posted by Prymface on Thursday, February 18, 2010,
So anyway, I've been asked to write a letter to my pregnant self for a book. I think its a fab idea. In fact I had done something similar in my 13&30 blog. I'm just a bit concerned though because this letter will have my name attached to it. I'm not used to justifying myself in public. Because it's actually really hard. Whatever you say you know what people are really thinking. Unless you were a young parent yourself you can't really understand. So I asked my mum what I should put...
"You coul...
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Snobbery and sloppy use of statistics

Posted by prymface on Thursday, February 18, 2010,

Responding to articles about teenage parents has become a bit an obsessive compulsion lately!  My comments usually get ignored among all the Daily Mail type attacking of young parents. Occasionally I will get a response like 'this is the dumbest thing I have ever heard" (gee, thanks!). However, after commenting on today's article in the Guardian I actually got some positive responses. I don't know if I am getting better at arguing or people are getting more tolerant (doubt it!) but here is th...


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Life plans: before and after

Posted by Prymface on Sunday, February 14, 2010,
Here are two blog posts about life plans. Both became pregnant at teenagers. This wasn't in either of their original life plans. Yet both were able to build on their own strength and determination to recreate even better life plans for themselves and their children. Be inspired!

Life plan meme by Singlemummy.net

Life plan meme by (Not so) single mum


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Teenage Pregnacy an opportunity, rather than catastrophe

Posted by Prymface on Saturday, February 13, 2010,
This article in the Guardian today finally picks up on the research that suggests the disadvantage associated with young mothers tends to 'predate' the pregnancy, rather than being the result of it. It identifies the 'gulf' between policy assumptions and the experiences of teenage parents arguing that governments should focus on 'tackling the original disadvantage often experienced by teenage parents, rather than on attacking their decision to become parents'. It also acknowledges that for m...
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EHRC

Posted by Prymface on Sunday, February 7, 2010,
Last week I randomly submitted a response to some 'call for evidence' of discrimination on the EHRC website. I ranted on about the negative stereotypes associated with young parents encouraged by influential people, and how this got in the way of proper research about what support young mums want/need. I ranted about schools, colleges and universities not being equipped to deal with pregnant students or students with children, the lack of consistency in support offered, and the general accept...
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Assumptions

Posted by Prymface on Tuesday, February 2, 2010,
What assumptions are made about you?

Why you never judge a book by it's cover by Single Slummy Mummy

Assumptions made about mwah by Singlemummy.net

and how true are they???




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The problem with teenage mums

Posted by Prymface on Monday, February 1, 2010,
Just found this article on 'the problem with teenage mothers'

"It is possible for a young woman to have a child at 16, go to university, have a successful career and to bring up a child who is himself a productive and decent member of society. I know because I did it" Dr Siobhan McClelland
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