Friday, February 14, 2014

Kid President's Message For Moms

Leilani is tucked in bed but i'm up and just finished homework, laundry, and dishes. I'm tired and still have more to do before bed so I decided to take a break to hear some wise words from Kid President.

This made me laugh, think, and feel so much love.
For Valentine's Day and everyday from me to you the wise words of Kid President.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stranger in Her Eyes: A Single Mother's Poem

Leilani's dad is not in her life. He makes what I call possible seasonal or camio appearances.

After a conversation we had the other night I wrote a little poem about it and shared it with the wonderful blog Beyond Baby Mamas. 

Let me know what you think.

Stranger in Her Eyes: A Single Mother’s Poem.

Single mother doing an amazing job but I can’t and won’t do your job.
“Saying ‘daddy’ feels funny to me
because he doesn’t call and I don’t see him, Mommy.” 
Bedtime conversations where she wonders why she even calls you dad. 
 
While her expressing her point of view affects me,
really, it should affect you. 
But it doesn’t and it won’t because you’re not around. 
Random phone calls you think are great aren’t
doing anything for her to reaffirm your place in her life. 
The presents, cards, “just thinking of you text” never come,
so really you’re just someone else to her it seems. 

Read the rest here. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Nicole Lynn Lewis Teen Mom TED Talk

TED Talks have become a sensation.
Basically the talks average around 14 to 16 minutes and the person on stage talks about all their lives work, a moving experience, or anything inspiration and important to them in these few minutes. The point is to share your story in a way that people can relate to and hopefully find inspiration in and walk away thinking in a new way. While some of the talks are amazing and moving I longed to hear one that REALLY related to me.

Last year that finally happened. 

Two AMAZING former teen moms and fellow pregnant and parenting teen advocates (Natasha Vianna and Nicole Lynn Lewis) delivered their TED Talks about teenage pregnancy and the work around support and encouragement that all teen and young parents need.

Nicole Lynn Lewis, author and founder of Generation Hope, delivered her first TED Talk (she has since done another) in 2013 about her nonprofit Generation Hope and teen and young parents education. Watch her talk and let me know what you think in the comments below.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pregnant and Parenting Teen Conference Proposals


Washington D.C. based nonprofit for pregnant and parenting teens, Generation Hope, is currently proposal applications for their conference that will take place on June 21st.

"Potential workshop topics include: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Goal Setting, Healthy Relationships/Dating Violence, Parenting, Financial Literacy, Social Media Presence, Career Preparation, Self-Empowerment and Advocacy, Supporting Teen Parents, etc. Should you have any questions, please contact Generation Hope Program Manager Caroline Griswold at caroline@supportgenerationhope.org or 202-642-5649.
Proposals are due March 31st. "


This is a wonderful opportunity to help support pregnant and parenting teens and young people. 
Further information and the application can be found here.

Watch the interview with Generation Hope founder Nicole Lynn Lewis here. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Young Mother's D.R.E.A.M applications open




New York City based nonprofit, A Young Mother's D.R.E.A.M is currently accepting applications for their next cycle of mentorship for pregnant and parent teen and young mothers. If you are interested in becoming a mentee (getting a mentor) or becoming a mentor please feel free to contact A Young Mother's D.R.E.A.M at info@youngmothersdream.org.

Watch the interview with founder, Geneva Farrow here.