Moms Essay

309 WordsJun 19, 20132 Pages
Statistics I am a mother to two beautiful daughters. Of course my decision to have children young causes me to have a lot of different obstacles that regular teens are not faced with. A lot of statistics show that Teen pregnancy is the number one reason why teen girls drop out of school. Only one-third of teen mothers will graduate high school, and slightly over 1 percent of those will earn a college degree before they turn 30. Twenty-five percent of teen moms have a second child within 24 months. Many people think children of teen moms do worse in school than those born to older parents with half failing a grade. I totally disagree. I feel like the older the parent is depending on the person the more lenient they are with rules. Studies have shown some of the children are less likely to finish high school then those from older mothers and have a lower performance on standardized tests. Many children born to teen moms have behavioral problems, juvenile delinquency and conflict with authority. Two-thirds of families begun by young unmarried mothers are poor. More than half of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager. Daughters of teen moms are three times more likely to become teenage mothers themselves and the sons of teen moms are two times more likely to end up in prison. From 1990 to 2008, the teen pregnancy rate decreased 42 percent. More than half of teen mothers feel like the baby will make the baby’s father stay. Eight out of ten fathers don't marry the mother of their child, and these absent fathers pay less than $800 for child support. Children who live apart from their fathers are also five times more likely to be poverty-stricken than children with both parents at

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