Teen Parenting

Kaitlyn Gossett

Teens are Too Young

  • One in 10 children born in the United States is born to a teen
  • Parenthood is a leading reason why teen girls drop out of school
  • Nearly half of all teen mothers live below the poverty line
  • Teen childbearing cost U.S. taxpayers more than $9 billion each year
  • Eight out of 10 fathers don't marry the teen mother of their child and most couples don't stay together at all. Of those who do marry before the birth, nearly 40% split up by the child's fifth birthday
  • 3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year
  • About 25% of teen moms have a 2nd child within 24 months of their first baby
  • The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world.
  • In 2011, the teen birthrate in the United States fell to the lowest level recorded in nearly 70 years of tracking teen childbearing.
  • In 2008, the teen pregnancy rate among African-American and Hispanic teen girls, ages 15 to 19, was over two and a half times higher than the teen pregnancy rate among white teen girls of the same age group.

What would my parents do?

I know for a fact that my parents be very disappointed. My dad would probably not talk to me for a while but eventually he would be OK with what was happening. Then my mom would probably be there for me and take care of me. I think my parents would still let me stay live in the house. My responsibility would definitely be more than it is now I would have to quit sports.