Teen Moms in Yearbooks: Yes or No?

NBC is running a story this morning about the reactions by some parents and students over a yearbook spread that features teen moms.

Some people feel like featuring students who were pregnant and raising young Aaron Hannibalchildren while in high school glorifies teen pregnancy and is a bad practice.

I disagree.

There are high school students who get pregnant. There will probably always be teen parents. I was a teen mom — 19, with a year of college in, and married, but a teen mom nonetheless. Leaving them OUT of the yearbook is unacceptable. Recognizing them for the achievement of being parents while finishing school is better.

Anybody that thinks that there’s ANY way to glorify teen pregnancy is just nuts. There’s nothing glamorous about it. Telling the story of the total makeup of your high school population, their whole lives, challenges, successes, bad hair, silly outfits, ridiculous quotes, sports and arts involvement is the WHOLE picture of high school. Don’t leave any of it out.

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4 Responses to Teen Moms in Yearbooks: Yes or No?

  1. Patience says:

    I agree with you. Moms or not, they’re still high school students. How is it helping anyone to make them feel like outcasts?

    I wasn’t a teen mom myself, but I had my first child at 23 and I look young for my age, so many people assumed I was a teen mom and I was treated rudely by a lot of people. Even when I was in my thirties, when I no longer looked like a teen, but the ages of my kids made them assume I was once a teen mom and some people still treated me like an outcast. My husband is a nurse and often worked weekends, and when I’d take all four of my kids to mass, I would get the meanest glares from people who assumed I was an unwed, too-young mother.

  2. Marijean says:

    I totally agree with you. These kids already feel like outcasts — they don’t get asked out on many dates or have a normal social life, that’s for sure! I was lucky that I was a little older and had a good social network through that time in my life. It’s ridiculous, however, how long I was “shamed” by others for my young motherhood. I reject that shaming and will never endorse it for other teen parents.

  3. Cheairs says:

    ” Telling the story of the total makeup of your high school population.”…….yes!

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