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Leslie_htch posted this thread...
Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

Lately to me it looks like becoming pregnant at a young age is suddenky a trend for young teens today? I swear everywhere i turn someone new and young is pregnant. Recently a 14 year girl had a kid and is only in junior high? Why is this now a sudden trend? I dont understand.

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Mar. 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

It's not a recent trend, it's been happening forever, in fact, there was a higher teen pregnancy rate in the seventies then there is now. Maybe the issue is just being brought to light more in this age. Prehistoric humans gave birth to their first child around 14, so it's nothing new at all. The problem isn't really the fact that the parents are young, but that they are irresponsible. People back in the paleolithic and mesolithic era grew up fast, they had their survival to think about. People in our modern society remain children until they are 18, or even older. It takes them longer to grow up, where thousands of years ago they were considered adults as soon as they finished going through puberty.

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Mar. 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

It's not a recent trend, it's been happening forever, in fact, there was a higher teen preg.nancy rate in the seventies then there is now. Maybe the issue is just being brought to light more in this age. Prehistoric humans gave birth to their first child around 14, so it's nothing new at all. The problem isn't really the fact that the parents are young, but that they are irresponsible. People back in the paleolithic and mesolithic era grew up fast, they had their survival to think about. People in our modern society remain children until they are 18, or even older. It takes them longer to grow up, where thousands of years ago they were considered adults as soon as they finished going through pu.berty. 

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Apr. 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Some people make bad choices. Chosing to have sex with someone is a personal matter, and you never know the reasons why they did it. It's never really safe to assume "s.lu.t" or anything like that. Anyway, having a kid in junior high is a terrible idea bc it'll take loads of time away from your studies.

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LeeAnna35 replied...
Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Personally I know many people who are in 10th grade (15/16) and have children. One used to be a pretty good friend of mine but we don't speak much anymore. No it's not right, no it's not a "trend", and yes I'm against it. Sex was meant to happen AFTER you're married. No sooner. "Don't Drink and Park. Accidents Cause Kids." It's a quote from the SILVER RING THING which is a program that travels the country talking to teenagers about not having sex before marrige and to stay pure for the reasons of 1.) God. and 2.) Kids can happen the first time.
I'm not trying to "preach" but I am stating my opinions and beliefs. Please, I beg for no one to take offense to anything I've said. I don't wish for that to happen. If anyone doesn't like what I've said, I'm sincerely sorry. So..Yeah. Just my thoughts throughout that little rant.

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May 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm

While I agree that sometimes waiting is the best thing to do, I also think that teens can be perfectly capable of practicing safe se.x. I mean, there are preventative measures. It's irresponsible to tell kids to be refrain from having se.x and not teach them about contraception. Teens have very large libidos, I believe it's inevitable that they will lose their virginity before they get married. Not all teens who are se.xually active get pregnant or catch a disease. I've never caught anything, and neither have any of my friends. I only know three people who have ever gotten an STI, and I'd say that's a pretty good number considering.

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