Teen pregnancy has become a huge problem. The number of teens giving birth has increased. Many teenagers are engaging in sexual intercourse. They do not understand the consequences of their actions. They do not understand that having sexual intercourse is a huge responsibility and can have lasting effects.
Many teenagers decide to become sexually active because of peer pressure. They think they need to have sex in order to have a relationship with their boyfriend or girlfriend. Everyone wants to fit in and do what is popular even if it violates their own beliefs and morals.
Many teen mothers romanticize being a parent. Some teen aged girls aged 15 to 19 get pregnant on purpose. They have unprotected sex in order to become pregnant. They see baby clothes in the store or baby sit little children and think that having a baby would be fun and easy. Once, your pregnancy test turns out to be positive, reality will set in and you will be faced with many tough life decisions.
People have said that television shows have increased the teen birth rate. Many dramas that teenagers watch have sexual content and racy images in them. People emulate what they see on television. They see people engaging in sexual activities on television and they think it is okay and that nothing will happen to them. No one is invincible; many girls end up pregnant or develop sexually transmitted diseases from having sex.
These girls do not understand what being a mother entails. If you decide to have the baby and raise it then you will need to financially support yourself and your child. If you do not have a college degree or even a high school diploma then it will be hard to find any job that pays more than the minimum wage.
Teens giving birth are life changing events for teens and their families. Many teen aged fathers do not take responsibility for their children so the teen mothers’ families have to assume responsibility if the mother cannot properly support the baby.
Many high school educators show a birth video to their students to try and dissuade them from engaging in premarital sexual activities. If teens become pregnant then some school districts will offer on site daycare services. This is to help lower the dropout rate. Many teen mothers are forced to drop out of high school in order to care for their babies and get a full time job to support themselves. This is why it is important for people to get an education before they become parents.
Parents need to educate their children about sexual intercourse. Teens that have unprotected sex can catch sexually transmitted diseases from their partner. Many parents do not offer their teenagers birth control or educate them on what to do if they want to become sexually active with their boyfriend or girlfriend.
Communication is the key to developing a trusting relationship with your child so that they will come to you if they are engaging in premarital sex. Hopefully the number of teens giving birth will decline. The key to reducing the number of teen mothers is educating teens about birth control and the consequences of becoming a mom when they are 15 to 19 and just a child themselves.