March 2011

The recent disaster in Japan has caused incredible damage, physically and emotionally. The stories of loss and destruction are endless and the images of the aftermath are heart-wrenching.

Recently, an inspiring and uplifting story emerged. Days after the disaster, workers heard the cries of a baby while going through rubble of destroyed homes. They thought they were hearing things until they heard the cry again. Miraculously, they uncovered a four-month old baby girl under the remains of a house. She was separated from her parents during the tsunami but survived and was reunited with her family. Take a look at the full story.

News like this inspires the relief effort and brings positive energy to people that have experienced so much negativity. Take a minute to donate anything you can to the American Red Cross to help the relief effort in Japan. Even if we can’t physically be there to help, our thoughts and donations will go a long, long way.

You fall in love, you get married, you announce you are expecting. Your family is excited and supportive. Anything different from this path is always bound to raise a few eyebrows somewhere, no matter the situation. A teenage girl expecting a child will become a topic of gossip before it is welcomed with open arms.
There are varying statistics but according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies, 3 in 10 girls will experience pregnancy by the age of 20.
Shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom show the struggles that young moms face. There will be arguments and tears along the way. They often live with their parents, are trying to finish school, and have a boyfriend that is just as young and stressed about the situation. Hopefully shows like this show teen girls the nature of teen pregnancy and make them think about their choices.

However, the babies in these shows are loved and taken care of. The teen moms are doing everything they can to provide for their child, struggling to find a job and take on the task of raising a child. Often times, the parents of the girl are very involved, helping raise the child as their own. Not every teen pregnancy is this successful. It is important for us to educate teens and be understanding of their situation and not pass judgement.
What do you think can be done to help prevent teen pregnancy?