Thursday, November 6, 2014

MIDLIFE TEEN MAMA TRAUMA, BY NINA PACKEBUSH via HIP MAMA

I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately on life and what my mamahood means to me and how it impacts the ways in which I move through life. 

Hip Mama, a magazine I contribute to, published a piece from a fellow teenage mama who is now a grandma and this paragraph really resonated with me, 

"Becoming a mama before I became an adult shaped who I am, and although there are a lot of scars associated with that, those scars make me who I am today. Those scars are evidence that I’m damn strong. Those scars have left me with a deep empathy for other people and an ability to creatively survive and thrive. I’m a queer. I’m a writer. I’m a granny. I’m a wanna-be-urban farmer and an unschooler. I’m a lot of things, but mostly I’m a teen mama and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, not even a good credit score and the ability to go the hospital in rumpled sweats and a tank top."

You can read the full article about teenage pregnancy, having a child who experiences a teenage pregnancy, and how the ways in which people treated you while you were a pregnant and parenting teen still stay with you as you grow older, the good and the not so good.

Thank you Nina for writing this. This teen mama appreciates it very much and makes me realize even more why #NoTeenShame is super important.

1 comment:

  1. I'm just seeing this here. You're very welcome. I love your site so much and in my teen mama activism I always direct people here.

    xo
    Nina

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