- Family and Parenting
The Responsibility of Teen Parenting
When you become a parent there are many responsibilities that you have to face. Taking care of your child, working to earn a living- these are just some of the responsibilities of a parent. It would be doubly hard for you to handle the responsibilities of teen parenting as you are growing up yourself.
Why would teen parenting be so hard?
Because as a teen parent you would have to face, as mentioned earlier, the judgment and pressure that comes with your situation. Being a parent is hard enough as it is. Teen parents have to face the responsibility of teen parenting and the reality of being viewed as a second class citizen.
A classic example of this is being assumed as a characterless woman just because you got pregnant at an early age. People tend to think that teen mothers and fathers have lower moral standards than most people have. Yes, the modern society has somewhat evolved away from this thinking but still there are some people who look down on teen parents. Why is this so?
According to some people, it is not the fact of being teen parents that bothers them; it is the absurdity of the situation. Children as young as sixteen can face the difficulties of being a parent if they are not careful. This is why we need to help as parents in educating our teenage sons and daughters about the highs and lows of teen parenting.
Parents should be responsible enough to let their children know how hard it is to become a teen parent. Teen parenting requires patience and a deep sense of maturity because these teens will be dealing with not only taking care of the physical well-being of the child but also taking care of themselves.
The process of teen parenting involves teaching your child the proper way of dealing with people. In addition to this, as a teen parent you will serve as a role modeled for your child. You can use your situation to show your child that he or she should not be in a hurry to get into a relationship. Otherwise, there will be major consequences such as getting pregnant at an early age.
One of the pressures that you have to go through as a teen parent is the pressure of judgment from your own family. This is why you have to work double time in order for you prove to your friends and family that you can handle teen parenting on your own.
Teen Parenting: Major Responsibilities
Here are some of the major responsibilities that come with teen parenting as follows.
· Teaching the child values
· Providing for the child
· Explaining to the child your situation
The second and third one would be the hardest to fulfill because at your age, it would be hard for you to find a suitable job that can help you provide for your children. Secondly, it would be difficult for you to explain the situation to your child at such an early age.
The best thing to do in this situation is to wait for the right moment. Try to explain it in such a way that he would understand. You should understand your child’s mental level when explaining sensitive topics. This is one of the many perils of teen parenting that you should prepare yourself for.
The support of your family is important during this time. They can help you with the whole teen parenting process as the child grows.