To be a mother is a joyous occasion,

To be a mother is a joyous occasion,
So why are we frowned upon when we wonder down the street?

The preconceived Ideas are shown in their eyes as they sare at me shopping, achild in my arms.
You can hear their minds turning, the snide remarks they would love to say;
“Look at her! She is ar too young for that child! she must be scum to have ‘ruined’ her life so young.”
I see it all the time, hear it all the time,
to be a young mother means you must be a slut, you must be on drugs, you mustn’t know about the use of condoms…
you must of ruined your life

Being a young mum has all these expectations.
But rarely are they true.
They are not true when it comes to me.
I don’t do drugs, I am not a slut – I have only ever had one sexual partner, and nearly every time I have used protection.

Having a child, is not ruining my life. How can doing something as beautiful as bringing life in to the world be a bad thing?
Why do young mothers have to be guilty?
“Oh they wont be good for the child, they can’t provide for the child, financially or emotionally.”
BUT maybe! its the preconceived ideas that are pushed onto the mother that causes the lack of ability. The emotional pain that a young mother would feel, brought on by the shame that society makes them feel.
I am not ashamed. I am proud. I have brought a beautiful gift to the world.
I can provide for my child, financially and emotionally, and so can the father, who is still in the picture, and loves the child and me.
I say FUCK YOU to society.

To be a mother is a joyous occasion,

exposedbutloved

Canberra, Australia

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FICTIONAL – I am not a teen mother.
But when ever I was babysitting and had to take the children to the store with me, i got the look…. which in many cases are totally rediculous as the child was 4 and I was 15… what? I became a mother at 10? SERIOUSLY

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