12- & 13-Year-Old Become Nation's Youngest Parents

pregnant bellyIn extremely disturbing news today, a 12-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy became parents, making them the youngest people combined in Britain to have a child. The girl gave birth this past Sunday after getting pregnant last year when she was in just sixth grade. According to reports, she and her boyfriend have been together for over a year and plan on raising the child together. A source said, "They're very into each other, totally in love. She is obsessed with him. She sees this as true love. They want to get married."

Reports are also claiming that the couple's parents are incredibly supportive of them, despite the difficulty of this situation. Thank goodness. Because regardless of how "in love" or "obsessed" these two are with each other, the bottom line is: They're still children -- children who aren't yet equipped to have a baby. They're going to need every ounce of help they can get.

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Having a child, as any parent knows, isn't for the faint of heart. And although it's been well-established that there isn't a "right" age to have a baby, 12 or 13 certainly isn't it. There needs to be at least some level of maturity and life experience present if a person plans on keeping the baby and raising it as their own -- and kids this young don't have either. They can't drive; they can't vote. The mother can't even get into PG-13 movies!

I'm glad that the parents are still together, and this was consensual sex, but still. The whole situation seems wrong and not what's best for the baby. Again, it's important that the new parents have good relationships with their parents, because they likely will be the people doing the majority of the work when it comes to the baby.

Abortion and adoption aren't for everyone. I get and respect that. But think about it: What were you doing when you were 12? Was having a baby even in the realm of possibility for you then? Had you ever even held a baby, nevertheless changed a diaper? Did you ever give a moment's thought to formula vs. breast milk? Or swaddling? Or taking care of a baby's belly button after the umbilical stump fell off? I'm not even sure half those words were in my vocabulary at that point.

Hopefully, with the help of the loving and caring adults in their lives, this couple will figure out a system that works and the baby will be taken care of properly. But please, please don't let this become a trend. Teen Mom is concerning enough. I don't think we need Pre-Teen Mom.

What do you think of this?

 

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