Teen pregnancy has been in the news a lot recently. As Cafe Kierna reported, Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of Governor Sarah Palin, went public with her story this week for the first time since giving birth to a son last December.
And Alfie Patten, a 13-year-old boy in Britain, has been under scrutiny in the press as the possible father of a baby born to a 15-year-old girl he had sex with. British politicians have declared their homeland a "broken Britain," with the teen pregnancy rate the highest in all of Western Europe.
Naturally, all of this has lead to discussion about "the talk" -- when and how parents should discuss sex and the potential consequences with their kids. The father of the young boy in Britain admitted that, while he knew the two children routinely shared a bed, he'd never told his son about where babies come from.
Bristol Palin said in her interview that, despite her mom's support of an abstinence-only policy for teens, she didn't think abstinence was realistic. She also said that telling her parents she was pregnant was difficult:
"We just sat them down, and I just -- I couldn't even say it. I was just sick to my stomach. And so finally my best friend just, like, blurted it out."
Though discussion around teen pregnancy, "the talk," and young parents is complicated, these recent stories remind us that the issues are real -- teens are having babies. And Palin, still in school and engaged but not yet married to the baby's father, is lucky to have the support and resources of her mom and family at her disposal.
There are CafeMom groups, too, to support young moms.
Big Sisters (a group for teen moms and those who want to help them. To meet and get to know the group owner, see Cafe Suzanne's post Teen Mom Bristol Palin Should Check Out This Group.)
Are you a young mom or mom-to-be? Was it hard to tell your parents you were pregnant, and have they been supportive? Share your experiences here.