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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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Student Parents

Posted by Prymface on Saturday, April 2, 2011,

Last week I went to talk to a group of young mums in college about going to University as a young parent. I had my speech memorised, and was quite looking forward to passing on my well earned (?) wisdom. Except it didn't quite go as planned. The woman who spoke before me, who came to talk about the support that universities offer, seemed to succeed in scaring the life out of these poor girls. The student grant/loan thing was confusing and no one knew the rules on who would classify as an 'ind...
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Old Skool Teen Mums

Posted by Prymface on Wednesday, February 2, 2011,

My son was born in 1996, pre-Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. I had just turned 17. I honestly don't ever remember hearing the term 'teenage parent' in reference to my situation. I had a normal midwife, a normal health visitor, went to a normal antenatal class and a normal 'parent n toddle' group.

There were positives to this. While I was approaching the big 2.0, my mummy friends were all approaching the big 4.0! They had cars and frequently transported us on days out. I had time and energy and fre...
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Guilty Secret

Posted by Prymface on Friday, November 5, 2010,

When I found out I was pregnant the first question I was asked was "Do you know what you're going to do?". "Keep it" I responded. This seemed to be the right answer. They said nothing but left me alone.  Maybe that was all I wanted.

My boyfriend said to me 'If you'd have wanted an abortion then I would have left you'.  Maybe I knew this already.

I did not enjoy being pregnant. By day I walked around in bubble, feeling numb, like a zombie, going through the motions. At night I wondered what a mi...
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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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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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Forum for young parents

Posted by Prymface on Thursday, July 8, 2010,


I have been contacted by the lovely Samantha who manages an Australian owned online parenting forum known
as 'Tots-n-Tums'. This forum is a great place for all parenting related topics and she is now looking at expanding its audience and reaching out to young mothers all over the world, including our bit in the UK.

There are many online parenting forums however what makes Tots-n-Tums unique is that it is created and maintained by volunteer mothers.Tot-n-Tums is welcoming to all parents regardle...
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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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