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Review of 2014 - Young Mama Power!

Posted by Prymface on Wednesday, December 31, 2014,

With only hours to go till 2015 I thought I should write a quick recap of the year. It has the feel good factor of writing a to-do list of things you've already actually done so you get the instant satisfaction of ticking them all off straight away. If I'd written a to-do list at the beginning of this year though I wouldn't have had a clue where to start. The great thing about this year is that it's been full of surprises and it really feels like a UK community of young mums are coming togeth...


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OPERATION DONT FORCE YOUNG PARENTS TO LEAVE THEIR NEW BABIES FULL TIME!

Posted by Prymface on Sunday, February 5, 2012,
Ok, its a mouthful I know - but stick with me here.

The DfE have launched a consultation, in view of raising the participation age to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015, where they are asking what should constitute 'full time'. The fact that Care to Learn will remain available up to age 20 (see previous blog post) means that there is potential for much more flexibility in further education provision for young parents. That includes maternity leave, home learning, part time study, specialist provision, ...
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Young Parent Survey Results*

Posted by Prymface on Wednesday, October 5, 2011,

*none of this has been tested for statistical significance!

Who responded to the survey?


73 parents responded to the survey in the first 7 days. Over half had given birth to their first child in the last 4 years. The most common age for giving birth was in the year parents turned 17. 32% were in school when they found out they were pregnant and 32% were working, 23% were in college and 11% were NEET.

39% lived with their parents where at least one worked when they had their first child. 24% live...
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Young Parent Survey

Posted by Prymface on Saturday, October 1, 2011,
Click here to take survey


Just a reminder! x

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Operation Save Care2Learn Day 4

Posted by Prymface on Friday, September 30, 2011,

It's Day 4 of 'Operation Save Care2Learn'.

This is where we are:

Successes

1. So far 44 young parents have responded to the survey about being a young parent and returning to education -  This is fab and the results are really interesting. The results so far not only identify the importance of childcare and when young parents think is the best time to return to education but they also suggests other areas where colleges could be more helpful in supporting young parents. I will use the results ga...
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Looks like it's up to us then

Posted by Prymface on Wednesday, September 28, 2011,

This month the Government launched its consultation on changes to Care to Learn.

When Care to Learn works it is an amazing thing.  It basically pays the childcare (up to £160 a week) for young parents under 20 while they are in education. For young parents who aren't lucky enough to have their mum on hand just round the corner to look after their little cherub (for which I will be eternally grateful) Care to Learn is often the only way that young mums can afford to go back to college and gain...

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Interview with Amy

Posted by Prymface on Saturday, July 9, 2011,

Amy Benfer is a freelance writer who became a single mum at 16 . She writes about all sorts of interesting things such as
The Gilmore Girls, Teen Mom, Bristol Palin, and much more.  She kindly agreed to answer my lengthy, and at times intrusive, questions about being a young mum and the years that followed for the Pushback blog. As her daughter now enters her twenties Amy reflects on whether her life has really been the fuss-up that the media would like to portray, exhibiting a wisdom and per...

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The future of child maintenance – public consultation

Posted by prymface on Wednesday, April 6, 2011,

Thanks to everyone who sent me their comments on the new CSA plans. This response was submitted (very last minute!) to the DWP on 6th April...

Watch this space....

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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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Young Mums in 2010

Posted by Prymface on Friday, December 31, 2010,

2010 is the first year that Prymface has blogged throughout the year - maybe not every month, but for those that follow Prymface on twitter you'll know that rarely a day goes by when Prymface doesn't have an opinion on something to do with young mums, teenage pregnancy, sex education, etc! So, I thought I'd try putting together a recap of the year just to remind you of how on the ball I am, I mean how much has happened in the last 12 months!

January - 2010 kicked off with a group of young mums...
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OWNED

Posted by Prymface on Thursday, December 23, 2010,

Prymface

I read with interest your blog and was keen to get in touch, in hope that you might be able to help me.

I am currently working on a new development project for MTV about Teenage pregnancy and I am looking for first time mums to be to take part.  

MTV is looking to film an observational documentary series that takes viewers into the intense, challenging, exhausting and wonderful world of pregnancy.

We are looking for young mums ...


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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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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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Preventing Teenage Pregnancy or simply preventing agency

Posted by prymface on Saturday, May 8, 2010,
I know it's all been said before here and here and I've blogged about it recently but it seems some people still believe that in order to prevent pregnancies they need to reinforce the message that all teenage pregnancies are 'bad' and 'shameful' and will basically ruin your life, rather than allow young people to talk about why they may want a baby, or why they feel like they don't have the same choices as other girls, or why they don't care enough about themselves to think about the next da...
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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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dear me, letters to my (teenage) pregnant self

Posted by Prymface on Saturday, March 20, 2010,



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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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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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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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'Teenage mums fight back'

Posted by prymface on Monday, January 25, 2010,
A brave article in the Independent yesterday:

Promiscuous scroungers or loving parents? Teenage mums fight back

Britain's young mothers feel they don't deserve constant negative coverage and will this week tell the Prime Minister so.


Of course most of the comments are your typical 'I don't want to pay my taxes to encourage scum of the earth to multiply' but thats to be expected! If you have time add your positive comments to this article.


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