I mention this because reading about this NYC ad campaign all week has made me livid. (I will not post a picture, I don't want to have to look at those shaming images ever again.)
These teen mothers need all our help and support. I had a "family library" at my old school, full of board and picture books. I would talk to pregnant teens and those with children about talking to their babies, developing their vocabularies to get them ready for school. And I have seen many teen parents with completely supportive families and well-adjusted children. One mistake does not HAVE to ruin their lives. And kindness, asking about the baby and how they themselves are doing, does not equal endorsement of premarital sex. It is the same concern I try to show all my students.
Well done and well said. Those young mamas need every encouragement this world has to offer.ReplyDelete