More teens going all the way

Filed under: Teens, Your Pregnancy, Health & Safety: Babies

"I didn't think it would happen to me."

"It was only our first time."

"Sometimes we used protection."

These are all too often the reactions when teenagers discover that either they or their friend are pregnant. Both in England and the United States teen pregnancy rates are on the rise. While many school offer sex education classes, the more conservative groups are taking the increase in pregnancies as a chance to preach abstinence.

While the acceptance of unwed parents has also been on the rise, statistics show that children of these situations still lag behind their peers who hail from more stable environments. Children born to unwed teenagers have higher chances of being neglected or abused, growing up without a father, failing at school and abusing drugs. Female teens who find themselves pregnant are more likely to drop out of school, to be unemployed and experience depression.

The statistics for teen pregnancies are not encouraging. There are cases in which the parents and the children beat the odds, but it is very difficult to do so. For those who do, we salute you. Choosing to parent is a difficult choice. Parenting well is a lifelong commitment.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.