A Poor Mama's Guide to Paying for College
By Rowdy Rebecca
Congrats! Deciding to go to school is a big decision, especially with a little tyke in tow. I think its important for Girlmoms to gain all the advantages we can in society to make the world a better place for our kids. Continuing our education can change our lives, change... Find Out More
Giving Up Addiction
I was 17, homeless, scared and sick when I decided to enter drug treatment for the third time. I didn’t want to get clean, I just wanted a break. I wanted to think for a second, to be able to feel my skin again. When I got there, and the doors locked behind me, I felt anything but relief. I was... Find Out More
Give Me Just One Good Reason
By Mary DuChene
Many days I get home from work and class at 3 p.m. and realize I haven’t had a chance to eat or pee since 7:30 in the morning. I pick up the mail and sometimes, if I am lucky, there’s a child support check. The last one was for $184.63. The check stub helpfully informs me that the non-... Find Out More
A Mother's Fate
My mother was a teenage mother, as was her mother and so on. Perhaps this is why my mother could never quite believe that my passages into womanhood had truly happened. In accepting my maturation, she would have to accept her own. So, it was much easier for her to ignore it. For instance, when I began... 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."