Teenage girls who get pregnant are deliberately 'planning' to become mothers in the belief that a baby will improve the quality of their lives. An extensive study published today reveals that girls as young as 13 are making a 'career choice' by deciding to have children, since they see parenting as preferable to working in a dead-end job.

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Do you think a teenager planning for parenthood is just as good as a teenager planning for a career?
Teenage girls who get pregnant are deliberately `planning` to become mothers in the belief that a baby will improve the quality of their lives. An extensive study published today reveals that girls as young as 13 are making a `career choice` by deciding to have children, since they see parenting as preferable to working in a dead-end job.

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15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/25/06 - 6:08:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
To be so unconfident of your ability to forge a good career, that you'd rather have children so you don't have to face that challenge and possibly fail? That's sad.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/25/06 - 6:27:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
If anything, they are more selfish. Note that the choice to have a baby is to improve the quality of *their* life.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/25/06 - 5:34:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Teenage girls who plan on parenthood don't know sh*t. They're hurting the child more if they THINK they know what they're doing 'cause they really don't.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/25/06 - 5:42:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Parenthood IS a career for some people, and I plan to be one of those people. It's supposed to be a full time job, so prepraring for it is vital.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/25/06 - 5:47:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Raising children does take the role of a full-time job, but I don't think teens planning for it is really a career.

A teenager saying "I want to have kids...NOW instead of going to college!" is really saying, "I just want to feel loved and accepted."

15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/27/06 - 10:26:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
How are they meant to provide a good quality of life for their babies if they have no good job? Assuming they don't all marry millionaires?!
15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/27/06 - 10:51:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/27/2006 10:26:51 AM lilannie wrote:
How are they meant to provide a good quality of life for their babies if they have no good job? Assuming they don't all marry millionaires?!

You don't have to be a millionare to raise children properly. My mom never had a "good job" as you put it, which I take to mean as a job she never got paid for, but she raised six kids on my dad's salary and did a damn good job of doing it.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 8/27/06 - 4:33:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's kind of foolish to have a baby without having a career. Shouldn't you be settled in your life before you're forced to take care of someone elses? Someone at our school a few years ago had a baby as a sophmore (unheard of at my school) and it basically ruined her life.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/25/06 - 7:39:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't want to judge, but I think you should be able to provide for yourself, in case your husband leaves you, and you need a job that pays well for your kid as well as yourself.
I don't think it's wrong, but a little... foolish, as other people said.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 10/21/06 - 4:18:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
There is nothing wrong with it as long as it really is 'Planning', all children of 13 plan their futures whether it is a career or a family.

Children of 13 having babies: Not a good idea. They do not have the mental maturity, the life experience or the means to earn money and support their family.

15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/29/06 - 5:35:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
There is a lot wrong with a teenager planning to become a young mother. She has no skills, no job, no income, no way to take care of that child.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/24/07 - 12:15:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Give it a while, wontcha?
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/10/07 - 1:18:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
You need a career to pay for a child. So it cant be "as good" as planning a career because you need to plan for both.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/11/07 - 4:21:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. How is she going to support the child? That's my only issue with it.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/11/07 - 9:17:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, what if the teenager got pregnant on accident? That wasn't planned, and their life may be ruined from then on.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/11/07 - 9:24:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/25/2006 6:27:03 AM cheekypop wrote:
If anything, they are more selfish. Note that the choice to have a baby is to improve the quality of *their* life.

Why are they selfish? I knew since I was nine years old I wanted children. I knew since I was 12 I didn't want to be a doctor or lawyer, and I damn sure didn't want to spend my life as a waitress or barmaid. I wish I had the opportunity back then to prepare for life as a mother, because I can tell you right now, it's harder than any other job I've had. And I still have to work to feed the baby. So yeah, I definetely wish that had been avaliable to me back then.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/19/07 - 5:28:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't have a problem with teenage girls planning to become mothers.

But the news story attached doesn't fit the quesiton. It's actually about teenagers that are having kids as young as 13. There's a difference between 'planning' for kids as a teen and actually 'having' kids as a teenager, especially if you're in your early teens.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 8/25/07 - 10:24:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Planning for the future is okay.



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