Carmela & Stephen
We've been blessed with our miracle! Thank you for all your support throughout this amazing journey! Our precious baby girl was born on November 1, 2004. The wonderful relationship we have developed with her birthmother began on the day she found us on ParentProfiles.com! We cannot find the words to express our emotions at this time. Thank you! With much love, Carmela and Stephen more ...
Just being a teenager can be challenging enough. But when you add being a parent to that, it becomes exponentially harder and more stressful. Whether it is a planned or unplanned pregnancy you may be confused about the next steps. Now that you've decided to raise and parent your child, you'll need to prepare yourself for the years ahead. While it may seem overwhelming, remember that there are resources widely available to you to help you along your way.
We met the old-fashioned way: in a bar. A couple years later, we moved in together, and then after New York passed the marriage equality bill, we got married in 2012. The wedding was an emotional and spiritual ceremony, affirming for us and our families.
Government Aid: The local and federal governments have established aid programs for people in your situation. You can receive free milk or formula and cheese, among many other helpful things. Keep in mind that everyone needs help now and then. It is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of. That's why those programs were set up, to help those in need. These programs will help you get back on your feet so that you can progress through the rest of your life.
Support Groups: There are support groups for nearly every situation. And there are definitely support groups for teen parenting. Depending on your preference, you can choose an online support group or forum or find something local--one where you can meet everyone else face-to-face. One of the major benefits of joining a support group is that you have a place to voice your concerns, your experiences, your successes, and your fears. Other members of your support group can provide their experiences as well.
Support System: Gather your trusted family and friends. While having a support system isn't always necessary for being a successful teen parent, it definitely has its advantages. Your family and friends will be there to buoy you and help you along your path. Because they know and love you, they will try and understand you and your situation. They want you to succeed. They want you to be happy. They want you to enjoy life. And they want you to know that you're loved.
Daycare: Some schools and some employers offer daycare for your child. This allows you to continue with your education or career while assuring your child's safety. This will be a great option for you to consider. There also may be some discount daycares for teen or single parents. Ask around for tips, advice, and references. Do what you can to get the help that you need.
Being a teen parent can be both rewarding and challenging. While all parents have their own set of trials, it seems amplified for teen parents. Being a successful parent is all about finding the right balance in your life. For some it is developing and maintaining a routine. Find what works best with you, and don't be afraid to accept the help and assistance you need to succeed.