“Your life will be hard, but it is not over!”
Dear Fellow Young Parent,
You may not know this yet, but becoming a parent at a young age makes you a part of an elite, secret society of exceptional young people! Not many achieve the thick skin, strength of mind, and levels of confidence and independence that all come from suffering the shame, stigma, and other hardships associated with being a young parent. It may not feel like it now, but you are braver, stronger, more resourceful, more resilient, and just down-right tougher than your peers. They may look down on you now, but soon, when you are achieving your goals and raising a beautiful family, THEY will be looking up to YOU!
I know you’re getting a lot of messages– from your parents, your peers, the media, society – but I want you to remember this message that my mother gave me when I told her I was pregnant at just 14: “Your life will be hard, but it is NOT OVER!” You can still do, achieve, and be WHATEVER you wish. I graduated high school on time and earned an academic scholarship to attend college, graduated college with honors, and started my dream business. If I could do it, I know YOU CAN!
If you ever need an ear to listen, a pep talk, a shoulder to cry on or anything, I am here for YOU! I’ve been there, and I know how hard it can be sometimes. We’re members of the same secret society, remember?
With love and support,
Tynesha Chandler Allsop