I think this is really disgusting. I feel bad for the children. A 17 yr old mommy to take care of them? I can see that working out really well. Sure, I know teen girls who made mistakes & stepped up to the plate to take care of their offspring. But I have a feeling they are the exceptions to the rule. So they did all this so their babies would grow up together?? Why didn’t they wait to do it after they were in college? All getting pregnant at the same time at 21 would still ensure their children were all roughly similar ages.
I have been to numerous baby showers in the last few years for mothers under 20. All unwed. Now, I surely am not one to pass judgement on the unwed thing…after all - I was pregnant with Jocelynn before I was married. But I had steady, full-time employment & reliable childcare. I also was in a stable relationship…and we had previously discussed our desire to marry…or at least in the near future cement things further with an engagement. I guess we just didn’t move on quickly enough!
Anywho. I wonder if the attitude of “well, it’s happened, let’s make the best of it” has slightly skewed the perception of teenage girls that if it happens…no big deal. Babies are blessings! (Sorry, but to attend the shower of a 16 yr old girl & hear that…it just doesn’t seem like the child is going to feel all that blessed.) I attended showers more out of support for the gandmother to be, rather than the mother to be. They were friends & needed support in a time when they had no idea what to do. It’s slightly creepy to watch a girl who hasn’t passed her driver’s test oohing & ahhing over onesies & booties.