Young parents face the challenge of meeting not only their own developmental needs at a time of significant growth, but also the needs of their children. The challenge for practitioners and policy makers is to create a range of supports that respond to the needs of both young parents and their children. If this is achieved, then teenage parenthood need not be a negative experience; rather, it can become a catalyst for growth and positive life outcomes. Adolescence and young adulthood are periods of rapid biological, psychological, and social change Arnett, ; Viner, A proportion of young people, however, do experience significant life challenges that threaten their ability to achieve their full potential. Teenage parenthood is one challenge that can have a considerable impact on a young person's life and is associated with a number of adversities.
Although teenage pregnancy is thoroughly frowned on in the typical African society, it has somehow become a very serious part of our society which is yet to be properly and fully addressed. Each year, more and more teenage girls get pregnant and their lives are shattered as they become objects of mockery to their friends and family. However, what stresses them most is not so much the pregnancy or the mockery, but the lack of detailed information on how to deal with it, the things to expect and the best way to handle the criticism. Here are some of the most common challenges a pregnant teenager is most likely to encounter and how to overcome them:.
Objective: Early motherhood and its impact on mothers, children, families and communities is a prevalent health challenge in developing countries that needs to be urgently explored. The aim of this study was exploring the challenges encountered by Iranian adolescent mothers during the transition to motherhood. Materials and methods: Inductive conventional content analysis approach was used in this qualitative study. Face to face in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 Iranian teenage mothers in the Kerman province of Iran from March to December
On the upside, you might find that parenting comes to you quite naturally as a teenage parent. You might be better than older parents at getting used to the changes that children bring, as well as dealing with little or no sleep. Or you might worry about balancing work and family life, finding a job, finding affordable child care, or keeping in contact with your friends. Teenage parents do face special challenges as well. For example, there might be the challenge of finishing school while looking after a baby.