Maci Bookout has always kind of been known as the Queen Bee of the MTV Teen Moms. She is responsible, smart, on a good path, and a great mom to her son Bentley. But that doesn't mean becoming a teen mother was easy or that she would recommend it to other girls.
Bookout tweeted to her fans the other day and stood up against teen pregnancy by pointing out the costs and urging young girls to save for college instead. I am sure she will get flak, but she is absolutely right to stand up against teen pregnancy and she is the perfect person to do so.
Teens need to know the realities of teen motherhood. But as parents, I think the best way to prevent teen pregnancy is to help kids set goals. Kids who have goals beyond motherhood/babies don't have teen pregnancies. See what Maci said below:
You'll spend around $10,000 dollars in the first year of parenthood. be responsible, and save that money for college!
So what does goal setting mean? It means making sure that girls have college (and beyond) in mind. It means making sports a priority and making sure there are plenty of extracurricular activities that encourage good behavior. A girl who wants to be a lawyer and sees the path to get there isn't likely to jeopardize her future by getting pregnant.
That may not ALWAYS be true. Sure, some girls get pregnant who were upwardly mobile and had goals (girls like Maci), but those girls also manage to make something of themselves anyway. It's just that much harder.
It's the girls who have no goals and no other plans for their lives who end up ruining their lives by having children too young. Kids are hard. They are expensive. And they are time consuming. No matter how much you love them (and you will), they change your lives permanently.
I doubt mothers who became mothers too young regret what happened in the sense that they would give up their child. But I am guessing girls who had goals in mind and a lot of ambition wish they'd waited.
Maci is the perfect person to stand up and say: Hey, I did this. But don't you do it, too. It didn't ruin my life, but it made it a hell of a lot harder. Bravo to her.
Do you think Maci is being hypocritical here?
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