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Quenneil "Q" Brooks and Chaz Conaway

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Prom is this weekend and a lot of people tend to get caught up in the moment of “love.” Some possibly getting pregnant and changing their lives entirely. According to dosomething.org, sexually active teens who do not use contraceptives have a 90 percent chance of getting pregnant within a year.

With it being the “oh so special night” of prom, too many people will take risks, especially after the famous prom parties. Some people take these risks totally naive to the risk that they are taking.

It’s hard for a kid to raise a kid. High school students are trading their video games and free weekends for 40-hour-work weeks and dirty diapers. These kids fail to realize that without a degree, or some decent income, it will be an extreme struggle just to make ends meet.

…families begun by a young, unmarried mother live in poverty after having starting their unplanned family.”

— Dosomething.org

Dosomething.org says that more than half of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager. In fact, two-thirds of families begun by a young, unmarried mother live in poverty after having starting their unplanned family.

The baby momma’s who think that a baby will convince their baby daddy to stay are sadly mistaken because eight out of 10 teen dads do not stay to raise the child. Imagine being a single parent before you are even out of high school. A large number of people would not make it through high school with a child of their own.

In fact, dosomething.org states that more than 50 percent of girls who become pregnant in high school do not graduate. Only about 50 percent of teen mothers get a high school diploma by age 22, compared to the 90 percent of women who did not give birth in high school.

Without this education, you can only imagine what comes next. These unprepared kids are thrown into parenthood poorly skilled and educated. This has a long lasting effect on the child.

Children born from a teen parent is more likely to have fewer skills and be less prepared to learn when they enter kindergarten, have behavioral problems and chronic medical conditions, rely more heavily on publicly funded health care, be incarcerated at some time during adolescence, drop out of high school, get pregnant in high school, or be unemployed or underemployed as a young adult says the CDC.

Take these statistics into careful consideration when you want to get caught up in “the moment” and caught up in parenthood. Imagine one night you will have to wake up at 3 a.m so you can feed your crying child.

Post that on your social media.

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