It doesn't feel like 23 years have passed since I got my first positive pregnancy test. Despite how long it's been, I can still think back to those early days and remember exactly how I felt. I was so scared and confused. I felt guilty any time I felt a little excitement. I knew that the circumstances were terrible, but part of me wanted to, at least, try to find happiness in the moment. I had never even kissed a boy before the day that I lost my virginity.
Part of the struggle that we have seen is having a baby in high school when the mother is still a baby herself. Regardless of age, there are many things that parents go through and can relate to. A newborn is always going to cry and needs lots of love and care. Likewise, a toddler is going to be toilet trained, learn to talk, walk, and figure out how to handle their emotions. But, when it comes to being a teenaged mother, there some aspects that are more specific.
Raising teenagers might be more difficult than raising toddlers. Through the hormones, SAT scores, orthodontia, learner permits , mood swings, Instagram likes and Snapchat selfies, it's tough for a mom to maintain her sanity. My own mother raised three teenage girls at once, and is in the midst of raising a fourth -- God bless her -- so I know how challenging the job can be.
Teenagers are invincible, or so we think. Later on we learn we are not. When you are a teenager, a world of fun and no responsibilities await you every morning. It is one of the best times in our lives, although, as many have learned, as I have, it can be confusing.