Teen Parenting on OPB's Think Out Loud
It is not every day that I catch anything on OPB these days, but this morning the stars aligned and I heard an interesting Think Out Loud show on teen parenting. Here's how OPB describes the show:
What is it like to be a child with a child of your own? In Oregon, between 2004 and 2006, 5,263 teenage girls became moms. One in ten of the babies born were fathered by a teenager as well. This is how we are used to hearing about teen parents -- as unsettling statistics. In the third installment of our As We Are series, we'll explore some of the stories behind those numbers by inviting three teen parents into our studio to share their experiences.
What is daily life like for these teens as they become parents (long before the world considers them grown-ups)? The data tells us that many of them drop out of school, but how and why do they make this decision? If they stay in school, how do they juggle the responsibilities of academics and parenting or books and breastfeeding? Who can they turn to if their own parents can't -- or won't -- help them out? How do babies intersect with the already complicated world of adolescence?
There were two very different guests and some interesting call-ins. One thing that really struck me was the enormous difference in these young mothers' own parents. If you weren't listening in at 9 AM, you can hear the rebroadcast tonight at 9 PM or listen at your convenience here. And of course you can comment on the show's blog any old time.
Did you hear the show? As a middle-aged parent (there, I said it), it is hard for me to even remember being a teenager, let alone think about parenting during that volatile, self-centered time.