Single Moms

It's not easy being a single mom. As a single parent, you have to take on double the parenting duty. Other issues can make this even more complex. For example, some young moms write about what to do if my boyfriend is an alcoholic. Please share your experience and wisdom. As you will see, these problems require a great support system, time management skills and top-notch parenting techniques. If you have tips to share with other single moms or just want to help other single mothers and single parents out there, then tell us your story.

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Pregnant at 14

I was a happy person. I had friends but I had one special friend. She was my BESTFRIEND. One day my cousin told us about this pills that made you feel good. Me and my BestFriend started to use them. We started using them. we came to a night that we took them and I had gotten rapped. I didn't remember anything that had happened that night. We had moved from that house. Later I started to have bad stomach ache and would throw up a lot. My mom had tooked me to the doctors and I had found out I was pregnant I was only 14. My mom cries a lot and so did I. I cried myself to sleep. I was scared because I don't know who had done it, I didn't know who the father was because I was stupid with the pills. When I found out I was 5 months and I didn't know who was the father my whole family found out they asked me questions. I seriously didn't know who was the father and I still don't. Child services had found out about me and asked to many questions and I said everything and that I didn't know who the father was they thought my story was a lie and I knew who the father was. They closed my case and later I had the baby. My family gave me all their support. But one thing I hated was that they always make fun of my baby because she was not the same skin color as me. They always tried to make up a name of who it could be. And know I'm 15 and I'm about to be 16 and I had all my family support and I still have the support of my BESTFRIEND and I Love her.


Hardships and Blessings

Hi, my name is Coleen and when I was 16 years old, I got unintentionally pregnant. My son is now 21 years old and I couldn't be more thankful for everything he has added to my life. It wasn't always this way, however. Things were much different in 1994, being a pregnant teenage mother.
It was the start of my junior year of high school and just like every other teenage girl, I was reckless and naive. I had a new boyfriend and we did everything together. About 6 months into the relationship however, I began feeling sick a lot and simply not myself. My body seemed to be changing and I didn't know what was going on. I came home one day after school and I contacted a cousin of mine who worked at a local gas station and had her pick up a pregnancy test for me. I knew I had to keep this quiet, because if my parents found out I knew I would be looked at by them negatively. Once I got ahold of the pregnancy test, I discovered what I dreaded to believe: I was pregnant.
From here I didn't know what to do. It felt as though my life was over. I knew I wasn't ready to be a mother, and I had no idea how my boyfriend would feel about this. I knew what I had to do, and I told him. This was the most difficult part of the pregnancy. He told me he was not ready to be a father. He told me he was much to young and there was no way he could tell his parents. He decided to leave me.
From then on, I knew I was in this alone. My parents kicked me out of the house, and I had to find another place to stay. My grandparents were willing to take me in, but I had to pay a share of the rent. This caused me to have to drop out of school and get two jobs. From then on, I worked hard to give this baby the support he needed.
I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy and I look back now at the hardships the pregnancy caused me, but the blessings that this boy taught me. Being a teenage mother is hard and I made sure throughout my boys teenage years to stress the importance of safe sex and I hope that my story can reach out to teenage girls and show them that precautions and safety are important.

Coleen Jarads

My little boy

Hi Im Shannon but I go by the name shaay , Around this time last year I met a boy named Maj and we were off and on or about a year . Now im pregnant with a little boy . Im nervous but im excited to be a mom. His name is gonna be Tali Jaden Emil Shotwell . my baby`s dad doesn't know im pregnant and never will know . He is due in the summer


I love you, my baby

I was 14 when I met my then boyfriend Jordan in the eighth grade and he was 16 and in the tenth grade. He was friends with my cousin, who introduced us at school and we became best buddies. Jordan was on the football team and I started going to all of his games. Before long, we started dating and started having sex three months into our relationship. Because he was first boyfriend and it was my time being sexually active, I was making sure he used a condom but he sometimes didn't because he said he hated wearing them. So we started using the pull-out method. We dated for a year and our families got really close with each other. After the summer ended, I found out I was pregnant after I realized my period didn't come on time. Jordan at first said he was too young to be a dad and asked me to get an abortion. I said no and we broke up, and I went home crying. A couple of days later, he said he was sorry and promised he would support me, and we got back together. Our families were really upset and, after all the crying and screaming, they said we had their support to raise the baby. I got bullied at school from kids who kept saying I ruined my life and I got pregnant to trap Jordan. So I began home-schooling and Jordan started working part time after school. Jordan was very supportive throughout my pregnancy and attended all of my doctor's appointments. I gave birth to a healthy baby boy, whom we named Hayden after my older brother who died when I was a baby, on May 2, 2014. Instead of being happy, Jordan got really scared and distant, and he later said he couldn't do it after all. I was devastated and asked him why. He said seeing the baby being born made him realize how real it was and he wasn't ready to settle down, and said he was sorry before he left me and the baby in the hospital. I was more upset when I later found out he gave up his full rights and started pretending I didn't exist. His parents defended him by telling me he was too young to be a father and he had his whole life ahead of him. Still, they wanted to have the baby over at their house on weekends, but I refused. They threatened to have the baby taken away from me, but after a while, they moved on and never bothered to ask about Hayden. As much as I loved my baby, I was overwhelmed with the responsibilities of being a mother and I couldn't do the things I wanted to do, and I felt guilty for relying on my parents for support. Every time I wanted to go somewhere, Hayden had to come with me and I started falling behind on my schoolwork. After four months, I decided to give him up for adoption and I gave him to an amazing couple who can give him the love and things he needs. Jordan and his parents knew about the adoption. Jordan didn't seem to care but his parents at first said they would stop it but never did. It was the hardest thing I ever did but I made the decision because I love my baby so much I want him to have the best life he can ever have and I wasn't able to give it to him. Its an open adoption, and I get to see him and get pictures of him all the time. I may not be raising him but I will always be his mom and I will love him forever.


The pregnant freshman

I had met Deon in November 2014 of my freshman year (I was 14 and he was 17) through his friends and we started talking right away. I was on the cheer tram high school at the time and the day we met was the day of the Thanksgiving pep rally, so I knew that he was watching, especially since Kiley and Shannon (friends of his and mine that also helped introduce me to him)were on the cheer team. He had also asked if me and him could hang out the next day (Thanksgiving) so he could meet my family. I agreed and I made sure that it was okay with my aunt, and she was surprisingly fine with it. After we came back from Thanksgiving break, I overheard someone saying that Deon ended up in rehab because he was on drugs. I haven't heard from him since then until April of 2015 when he decided to drop out of school. We had dated on and off for a month and we were sexually active. Then on June 12th, 2015, I found out I was pregnant with Deon's baby. I had found out that I'm having a girl and I decided to name her Valerie Scarlett. I'm excited to have her but I'm just so scared about if she would be born drug dependent because Deon only needed up in rehab for heroin and not the other drugs he's on. He's on cocaine, he smokes, he drinks, he's always out partying, I heard he's back on heroin again and he's been arrested twice. Me and him aren't together and he doesn't even know that I'm pregnant. Only his family, my family, friends and my principal, vice principals and adjustment counselor know about it. Hopefully I can switch schools for my junior and senior year of high school because Deon had decided to come back to school and I don't feel comfortable around him


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