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The Real Battle of Ideas

Posted by Prymface on Sunday, January 23, 2011,

In October I was aware that somewhere in London there was a battle taking place - not a physical battle but a battle of ideas - it sounded intense.  One battle was about ‘why policy is obsessed with teenage parenthood’ - The speakers were people I had heard of; I’d read their books and articles, and I was often delighted by their ability to challenge the common negative perceptions of teenage parents. I wondered how they would fight their corner - what prejudices they would expose. I ha...
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Sugar Daddy

Posted by Prymface on Sunday, November 21, 2010,

Everyone knows that, in general, outcomes for teenage parents are poor. Not everyone knows that this has nothing to do with being a teenage parent (income, qualifications, employment status etc were the same at 30 for teens who miscarried according to the UK's 1970 Birth Cohort Study (1970BC)) - although people should know this and if I could achieve anything in life (apart from being the most amazing mum ever!) it would be that people understand this fact!  Also, not everyone knows that teen...
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Kids having Kids

Posted by Prymface on Friday, October 22, 2010,
I've been doing some research about 'the cost of teenage parenthood' for an evaluation at work (I bet they're so glad they  asked me to do this!). Depending on which report you read 'costs' vary from about £1,000 to £197,000 per teenage parent! That seems like a pretty big margin indicating that perhaps people aren't really sure what they're measuring!

Delve deeper into reports and outcomes (such as income, qualifications etc) for 'teenage parents' will often be compared to those who have ch...
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The lost Story....

Posted by Prymface on Friday, September 17, 2010,
I was listening to the news this morning and I heard something interesting; Some research had been done into girls getting pregnant because older men were pressuring them to have a baby. I turned it up. I know a similar story.  I know some other young mums who do too. But it's rarely spoken about. Sometimes it's more subtle. Sometimes the power imbalance is harder to put you finger on. Sometimes the 'having a baby' bit isn't said explicitly. But ultimately they know that having a baby is anot...
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Student request

Posted by prymface on Wednesday, May 12, 2010,
Hi, A student has contacted me to see if any young mums would be kind enough to fill in her questionnaire on social network sites/websites for young mums. It's really quick and easy...
Cheers dears'
Here's the blurb:


Young Parents Social Support
Are you a young parent? If so, we are interested in finding out more about how and why you use the prymface website and would greatly appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to answer a short qu...

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Election Shmelection

Posted by Prymface on Saturday, April 24, 2010,
I really am trying to understand the difference between all the different parties (or at least the 3 main ones) but sometimes it all seems a bit jumbled. I've not liked David Cameron since he implied that the abuse of baby P was linked to the mother being 17 and not knowing how to look after a baby when in fact she was 27. I mean if you're gonna diss young parents at least get your facts rights FFS. So anyway I've been looking through some recent Centre for Social Justice reports on families ...
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How should we portray teenage parents?

Posted by Prymface on Thursday, April 15, 2010,

I read an article this week about the Juno effect, or rather the death of it. Turns out, amid all this moral panic, the film Juno did NOT actually cause teenage birth rates to increase! The thing is people really don’t know how to portray young parents responsibly. As the article states:

‘Juno was too smart, funny and likable; Katherine Heigl in "Knocked Up" was too pretty and too happy; the Gloucester girls were too poor and too dumb; Jamie Lynn Spears was too rich and too dumb; Bristol P...
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A fortnight of teenage pregnancy hysteria!

Posted by prymface on Wednesday, March 3, 2010,
First we had articles about the new book 'Teenage Parenthood: what's the problem?' by the brilliant Simon Duncan (et al). Guardian covered it on 12th Feb but ended in a terrible quote summing up the ignorance perfectly! Then on 16th Feb we had the case of the decimal place when Tories accidently moved it and everyone went mad (seriously though...over half of girls getting preggers??!). Oh and on the same day we had some woman harping on about how she admired teen parents for having no ambitio...
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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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