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How to be on a teen mum reality show (and survive)

Posted by Prymface on Friday, September 2, 2011,

1. Make sure you are 100% comfortable with your life being exposed for everyone to see.

2. Read the contract before you sign anything.

3. Remember that you can change your mind/pull out at any time if you're unhappy.

4. Remember that whatever you do, some people just DO NOT LIKE teen mums - it's ignorant and unfair but it's life - be prepared for negative comments and don't let them get to you.

5. Being on TV does not stop when the cameras stop or the show finishes - be prepared to be recognised ...
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Kids having Kids having Kids

Posted by Prymface on Monday, June 13, 2011,

While this article in the Guardian about young grandparents fails to acknowledge that teens have been having babies for a number of decades, and that young grandparents are hardly a new phenomena, the point about grandparents often playing a vital role in caring for grandchildren seems a valid one. The research suggests that they should be supported rather than ignored, especially if the alternative is the child going into care. However, reading these comments has reminded me just how much pe...
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The girl who couldn't say no

Posted by Prymface on Wednesday, December 1, 2010,

Occasionally you put words into a search box and there listed in front of you is exactly what you always needed. Years of randomly googling 'teenage pregnancy', not really sure of what it was I was looking for, one day resulted in the discovery of the answer: Tracy Engelbrecht

Tracy got pregnant at 14 (nearly 15!). She is smart, articulate, funny, humble, honest, proud, assertive, passionate, good-at-putting-systems-in-place and gorgeous! She tells her story without sounding like she belongs o...
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Something for the boys

Posted by Prymface on Sunday, September 5, 2010,
Boys, I know I neglect you. I have been told off on numerous occasions (well twice) for not mentioning men on my site. It's not like I want to pretend that you don't exit. It's just that I'm not really sure how to play it.  I'm sure most of you are lovely people but, without sounding like a bitter resentful ex, others are not so nice. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a man-hater, I mean my lil baby will be a man one day so I can't really follow that logic without creating a lot of problems for mys...
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10 benefits of being a young mum

Posted by Prymface on Friday, April 30, 2010,

1. You can just about get away with sharing the same clothes (sometimes) without looking like mutton (?!?)

2. You can still vaguely remember doing GCSE's - which actually helps a lot when they are doing theirs.

3. You have so much more energy before you reach 30. By that time you can (should) stop running round after them.

4. You're so poor when they are babies that your financial situation can only really get better.

5. You never really knew what it was like to have freedom, as in proper adult f...
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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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In their words

Posted by Prymface on Saturday, April 24, 2010,
Seems like I'm not the only one with a bee in my bonnet about the stereotype of young mums. Read these fantastic posts from those who are living it/have lived it...

 *stands up*

 The truth about teen parenting

Don't accept me in spite of my baby

Now if only people would listen!

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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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Prymface under the spotlight

Posted by prymface on Sunday, March 14, 2010,
Last week the lovely Hayley from singlemummy.net interviewed me for her blog.  Here are some of the answers I gave about the thinking behind prymface!

How did you first come up with the idea of prymface?

I had known I wanted to do something for ages, I just didn't know what. I would get really angry about all the stereotypes and discrimination about teenage parents and it didn't seem like there was anyone just saying 'so what if you're young, age has nothing to do with whether you are a good ...
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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 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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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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