Thursday, January 8, 2015

SheKnows.com- Making mom friends as a teen mom

I have become a contributing writer to SheKnows.com!

I am very excited about this new role and have taken advantage of the opportunity to write about pregnant and parenting while being a teen and young mother (exactly what they want me to do!).

One of my first articles is about how hard it can be to make mom friends and how societal stigma, shame, and isolation make it even more difficult when you are a teen mom.

Read some of the article below and click through to read the rest.
Motherhood can seem like a very lonely journey, but when societal stigma and shame about your maternal age are prevalent, it can be even more isolating. 
Like most mothers, after having my daughter I was longing for a community of mom friends I could spend time with and talk with about things pertaining to motherhood (and things that had nothing to do with parenting). 
I had all the makings of a mother. I had the child, bags under my eyes from lack of sleep and a diaper bag full of extra clothing, diapers and snacks. The only thing that seemed to keep me out of the "mom club" was the fact that I was 16 years old and had a child. 
When I would try to interact with and join mom groups as a teenage mother, I was always met with hostility, interrogative questions and assumptions about my family and the "type of girl" I was.
Click here to read the rest.

What do you say, was it hard for you to make mom friend because you were a teen mom or not? Let me know below in the comments section, on Twitter, or on Facebook. 

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