Is parenting a good choice for me? Parenting is a difficult but an extremely rewarding experience that requires both patience and strength. You will need time to investigate your options and to understand the challenges of raising your child.
Questions you may be asking yourself … Am I too young? Will my father or mother be supportive? How can I finish school? How can I stay in this job that I just started? Just remember you are in charge of your life. There are many resources available to help you. You might be amazed by the support of parents and friends.
Single Parenthood Many women make the choice to be a single parent. If you want to stay in school or to continue your career, there is help available through the Nurturing Network 800-866-4666, a non-profit organization whose primary concern is for college women and young professionals experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. The Nurturing Network can help provide you with housing, counseling, medical assistance, child care, financial assistance, educational, and career programs as well as other helpful services. They will help throughout your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby to assist you with meeting your goals.
Sometimes other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends are willing to help you meet the responsibilities of parenthood. Let them know what goals you have set for your future and the future of your child, and don;t be afraid to ask for help.
Joint Parenthood This could be a positive choice for you and the father of your child. Your goals might be easier to accomplish with the daily support of your partner. Two parents creating a loving family environment for their child can be rewarding. Many couples who planned to get married decide to just move up the wedding date.