Having the ability to check off commonly accepted parenting prerequisites — a quality education, a good job, mental and emotional stability, a safe home — can make the challenge easier to tackle and overcome. Unfortunately, adolescents who become parents often have a shortage of key life skills and other resources that are vital to the parenting process. This sad reality is supported by research showing that, on average, children who are born to teen parents are less likely to ever reach their full potential. And the effects of teenage pregnancy on parent, baby, and community can be devastating. According to The Urban Child Institute, adolescent parenting is one of the major risk factors associated with early childhood development.
How Adolescent Parenting Affects Children, Families, and Communities
How Adolescent Parenting Affects Children, Families, and Communities | Urban Child Institute
Teenage pregnancy can have a profound impact on a teen's life. Help your child understand the options, health risks and challenges ahead. Pregnancy can be one of the most difficult experiences a teenager faces. Understand how to help your teen address the challenges ahead.
Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing
In , a total of , babies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years.
If your daughter is pregnant and planning to have the baby, many changes await your family. And though it's certainly not what most parents expect, it happens every day: nearly , teenage girls in the United States give birth every year. If your teen is about to become a mother or your son has fathered a child , it can be overwhelming for all of you.