There's a way to make it work!
Growing up with parents who may not even be old enough to vote has to be a challenge. When you’re a teenager, balancing the responsibilities of parenthood with work, school, and simply growing up yourself can be an insurmountable challenge. The odds are stacked hard against teen parents and many of them wind up spiraling out of control.
We asked real people who grew up with teenage parents what worked and what didn’t work in their childhoods. Both their fondest memories and their darkest moments provide an interesting look at what it’s like to grow up with young parents.
My mother became pregnant with me at 15. I didn’t meet my biological father until I was 20. Growing up was what I considered normal. I didn’t even know my life was different until a few years into school. I learned to cook very early on. Nothing glamorous obviously, but I pretty much made my own breakfast and lunch, sometimes dinner. (Justhereforthecues)
Growing Up Fast
I grew up pretty fast and in a sh**ty area. My mom had a lot of shady friends and some not so wonderful things happened. We didn’t have a lot of money and when my parents had my brother and sister, I grew very protective. I became their second mom and I was only 8 when my brother was born. I was always cleaning and cooking for them,checking their homework, etc. I took all my babysitting money to buy them groceries and coloring books. My parents were basically still teenagers and I was having a mid life crisis in my pre teens. (Justhereforthecues)
Content Being Alone
I believe I am a good person now. I know I have some quirks because of the way I grew up. I have to sleep facing a door. I overspend at the grocery store. I have to check the locks multiple times before I go to sleep. And I’m perfectly content being alone. I love my boyfriend and I never want too be without him, but I grew up alone and I could be home for days vegging out alone without calling or talking to anyone. (Justhereforthecues)