By A Safe Mama
It was a sunny day in June the first time he hit me. We were in my car, I had just bailed him out of jail, and I was the (un)lucky person who got to tell him that his parents said he wasn’t allowed to come back home. We went to get something to eat and on the way back to his parents’ house to pick up... Find Out More
What do you do if you are sued for custody of your children? If a friendly breakup turns ugly? If your kids' other parent disappears with them? If you suddenly have to sue for custody yourself?
Few life-crises are as emotionally taxing as a custody battle, so we asked family law attorney Linda French to walk us through the scary first... Find Out More
Aricia LaFrance describes the beginning of Arvada, Colorado's Angel Foundation in very personal terms: "I was stressed out, and my kids were making me crazy." LaFrance chose to splurge and spend a day at a spa, getting away from it all. But while she was there, she did some thinking. "I started wondering about teen moms, single moms, moms with... Find Out More
More Than They Tell Us: Our Rights as Pregnant and Parenting Students
By Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr
It’s hard enough to stay in school as a mama, but if your school is discriminating against pregnant and parenting students it can be damn near impossible. If you are pregnant or parenting, you have a right to stay in school. More than... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."