Saturday, November 9, 2013

Why Does the Phrase Teen Mom Even Exist?

I am someone who at 23 years old still identifies as a teen mom so when I saw a teen mom on Tumblr ask:

Why are teen moms called teen moms? It's not like old moms are called "old moms" so why are we called teen moms, aren't we MOMS too?

I couldn't help but to think she had a good point.
Why are we the only moms that have to have another title proceed our titles as mom? Is it to continue the thoughts that teen moms are "less," "different," or more teens than "actual moms?"
At the end of the day we are moms just like any other moms so we must we have the title teen mom when no other age demographic of mothers is identified as the age at which they had their child.

What do you think?

Was this (teen) mom over reacting? Does she have a good point?

Let me know below in the comments.


  1. Teen Mothers are called "teen moms" because the moment they are pregnant they are expected to be a failure. I am a 17 year old mother. i have a beautiful six month old daughter named Carter Grace. Even though I am young and still in highschool I am very determined, as are other mothers older then me to do the best I possibly can. In my opionion I think she has a very good point.

  2. I'm 36 now, and my kids are not far off the age I was when the first was born (I turned 19 at about 6 months pregnant).

    I can see them recalculate my worth as they adjust to seeing me as one of the girls they've known to fall pregnant at their own school. Especially my son (the older one).
    It hurts. And it's surprisingly hard to manage - ultimately I'd rather my kids didn't follow this path, as I'd like for their lives to be easier than mine!

    (I do think I see women who have kids over 40 or so called "older mums" or similar, though).

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