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KIDS RAISING KIDS Michelle Geel

Guys....yes you! This article is for you as well as the girls out there. Teen pregnancy is not just about the girl who is pregnant but it is also about the father of the baby. While we know that the mom has options relating to her body, this article is just looking at how to cope with school and being young parents. Becoming a parent, at any age, can be a life-altering experience. Regardless of race, education, and socio-economic status, motherhood—and fatherhood—places demands on one’s life that were non-existent prior to the birth of a child. When school-aged students become parents, the new responsibilities can be overwhelming. For teenage parents who perhaps lack support from their own parents, this experience can be even more daunting as they seek support in adult-oriented systems, which even older parents may find challenging. There will obviously be extra physical, emotional and time pressures when you’re a young mother or father who wants to continue with your studies. This may mean you need to ask for help from a partner, friend or family member to look after your child while you study. You may even need to study at night and work during the day. If you are able to stay with your parents, consider doing so, as it may help you deal with the daily pressures of looking after your child. This means you’ll be in a better physical and emotional state to study. While you and your partner don’t have to stay together, you do need to be realistic that for you both to succeed you will need to help each other. It’s worth making the effort to continue with your education, as it has many benefits – including job and financial security to be able to support yourself and your child. It also allows you to connect with other people and feel less lonely. Continuing your education, while maybe difficult to go to school every day with everyone knowing you are pregnant or you the father of a baby on the way, getting your Matric is a

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SA Career Guide KZN 2018  

A publication dedicated to assist Grade 10, 11 & 12 learners in understanding what career opportunities are available after school.

SA Career Guide KZN 2018  

A publication dedicated to assist Grade 10, 11 & 12 learners in understanding what career opportunities are available after school.

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