40% of U.S. children are born out of wedlock, is yours one of them?

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This is an article that soothed my somewhat scandalous soul: nearly half of all U.S. babies are illegitimate. It is not the unwed teen aged mothers who are driving up the statistics, but the over all acceptance to children born out of wedlock. I know that many people might not agree with this trend, but I happen to be okay with it.

When I first got pregnant with my oldest son nearly 14 years ago, the pressure to marry was enormous. We were both still in college with no plans at all to marry. But to please our families we did marry and tried to make the best of it. We divorced after nearly 10 years. But the divorce didn't quite stick and I ended up again pregnant. This time we dispensed with social pressures and simply moved in with each other yet again. Unfortunately, the unhealthy patterns did stick and we are now done. Three children: the first legitimate by just 6 weeks, the second free and clear, the third one born shamelessly out of wedlock. It makes no difference to me when or how they were born. I love them all.

It seems that I am not the only one to feel comfortable with this situation, 4 out of every 10 mothers out there are of the similar thinking. What about you? Are you in that 40%?

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