I went to a Paul Mitchell cosmetology school, I maintained 99% attendance and completed the honors program. I am now cosmetologist working at an up-scale salon and spa. I have my own car, I took my daughter to Minneapolis last week for a mother-daughter shopping trip, and Lillian just got potty trained. I have a cute apartment, decorated tastefully, and am not receiving any government assistance to pay the rent. I volunteered at the local suicide prevention campaign, I just taught my daughter her ABCs and the last time I went to Starbucks I paid for the stranger in the car behind me as well, just to be nice and give back. I have also decided to go back to school in January at the local college to get my degree in Business Management so I can one day open my own salon and spa. I cook, I clean, I pay bills, I drive, I take my daughter to dance class and swimming lessons, I finger paint with her, I rock her to sleep, I make her breakfast. I make time for myself to read and paint and have a relaxing spa day. I also maintain a social life with my friends, and I even manage to go out on the occasional date.
How old am I? I am 19 and my daughter is 2 1/2. I am certainly not a baby: I am a young, successful, hard working woman who is accomplishing her dreams and breaking teen mom stereotypes every single day… Since you insist on labeling me a “baby raising a baby,” I will let you because it’s just proving no matter what a mothers age is she is capable of doing amazing things. So I will continue being a “baby” and accomplishing my dreams and being successful and you can continue being ignorant.